Which is Better? Chin Implant or Sliding Genioplasty?Dr Sanchaita Kohli
The chin is one of the most prominent features of your face. A weak or disproportionate chin becomes a cause of distress and low-self esteem. A small or retracted chin is termed as microgenia and it can result from a variety of factors that can cause retarded growth of the lower jaw (injury, infection, genetics, etc.). Such chin deformities impart an imbalance to your facial profile and sometimes lead to functional issues (like breathing difficulties) as well.
So, what are the solutions to such deformities?
How to enhance your chin?
The two most effective and common surgical remedies to augment a receded chin are Sliding Genioplasty and Chin Implants. These surgeries can give your face a more balanced and well-projected look.
The most important question is knowing which procedure is better suited for you!
Let us find out.
Chin implants are primarily used for chin augmentation surgery. It is performed to augment a receded chin using prefabricated silicone implants shaped like a chin. To find the right implants best suited to your needs is a matter of your surgeon’s expertise. Expert and experienced surgeons use the crisalix 3D visualisation device to choose the right sized implants and help you ascertain the post-operative result in advance.
The chin implant surgery proves to be advantageous as it is a short procedure performed by inserting an implant on top of your chin bone. A small incision is made inside your mouth down to the chin bone. The implant is inserted and fixed, and the incision is closed with absorbable sutures.
However, the chin implants necessitate a foreign body (silicone implant) to permanently become a part of your facial structure, which may or may not be a cause of concern for several patients.
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Sliding Genioplasty surgery augments and improves the chin without needing any permanent foreign body insertion.
A genioplasty is a highly versatile surgical procedure where the chin bone is separated from the rest of the jaw to help provide more control and correction options. Genioplasty effectively helps reduce, augment, reposition, or rectify an asymmetrical chin. Additionally, it also proves to be instrumental in increasing, reducing and changing the chin’s shape and height.
Sliding genioplasty involves cutting your jaw bone to reposition your chin. In the process, the chin is moved up, down, forward, or backward as desired. The chin bone may also be trimmed / reshaped to render desired lower face structure, including a better symmetry. The chin is then fixed in this desirable and aesthetic position using sterile titanium mini plates.
Which procedure is better – sliding genioplasty or chin implant?
Chin Implants and Sliding Genioplasty have their respective benefits. The better procedure is the one that suits you more, depending on your specific requirements.
Chin implant is a quick and short procedure with immediately visible results. However, it involves a permanent synthetic insertion in the face.
Sliding Genioplasty is a relatively longer procedure, owing to the greater options, control, precision and results it offers. Augmentation performed is with one’s own natural bone and not a synthetic implant, with the natural texture and feel in place.
Both the procedures are straightforward daycare procedures with minimal downtime allowing patients to recover in a few weeks’ time.
For mild to moderate linear augmentation, both procedures offer equivalent results in terms of eventual appearance in the short-term. Risk of long-term complications like implant migration, extrusion, bone resorption and relapse are greater with silicone implants, especially if performed by an inexperienced surgeon using poor quality implants.
When chin recession is severe, a sliding genioplasty offers the option of greater degrees of augmentation with an overall better and more stable aesthetic change. Sliding genioplasty also remains the procedure of choice if the chin requires a 3 dimensional modification in size and shape. This means that if augmentation needs to be accompanied by asymmetry or height or width correction, then sliding genioplasty provides a better solution.
If you are looking to get a complete consultation on which one to choose for yourself, consult Dr Sanchaita Kohli and get all the answers on chin surgery. Dr Kohli is a leading maxillofacial surgeon in Delhi with extensive exposure to all procedures revolving around chin correction and repositioning. Get all the answers today to make the right decision.
Dr. Sanchaita Kohli
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Sanchaita Kohli is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with over 13 years of training and work experience at the country’s leading dental institute, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, enabling her to plan and manage an extremely wide variety of craniofacial deformities, jaw diseases and facial trauma.