Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)
Genioplasty is the medical surgical term for chin augmentation, also known as chin repositioning. It stems from the Greek words geneion (chin, cheek) + plasto (formed). Reconstructive surgery of the chin usually occurs when a person’s chin is weak or small in appearance, as well as when it is larger or protruding from the rest of the face. Chin augmentation is the most common procedure which brings balance to the facial structure.
A weak chin can be due to congenital deficiency, age-related bone loss, or facial trauma; all of which can cause the lower portion of one’s face to look out of proportion. This is because the chin looks too small, or pushed back and away from the rest of the face. Weak chin disproportion can sometimes make a normal nose appear large; moreover, if a person has a more prominent nose, a weak chin can make it appear even larger. This chin condition may also give the appearance of too much flesh around the neck. Chin Augmentation procedures for a weak chin can range from the temporary injection a soft tissue augmentation fillers, to more permanent measures, like chin implants.
As the goal of any genioplasty procedure is to bring proportion balance to the structure of the face, in some cases, this may mean chin reduction for a person who has a large and protruding chin in appearance. While chin augmentation can be a relatively simple procedure, it still requires good judgment, great skill, and a good aesthetic eye.