CHIN SURGERY 2018-07-09T16:26:58+00:00

WHAT IS CHIN SURGERY?

The term chin surgery, mentoplasty, or genioplasty are often used simultaneously for changing the shape of your chin. This means chin advancement, chin augmentation, or chin reduction in a vertical or horizontal plane. Chin surgery is often performed to improve the proportions of the face. The chin plays an integral role during the consultation of rhinoplasty patients, patients seeking a face lift / necklift, or those seeking a correction of their double chin. Our Patients seeking chin surgery or a profile-plasty are always assessed for their occlusion. Some patients who are seeking chin surgery will require orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery for functional and medical reasons. (A surgery that Dr Bianca Knoll has been trained in, but no longer performs). Dr Knoll will discuss and guide her patients if they are a candidate for chin surgery, or if orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery will be the better option. Patients seeking less lengthy and invasive surgical methods to change the shape and size of their chin often commit to chin surgery only. The goal of chin surgery is to improve the facial proportions mainly from an aesthetic point of view. Chin surgery is an integral part of a profile-plasty. The surgical outcome of patients seeking a facelift, neck lift or a double chin correction can be taken to the next level, in some patients, by performing an additional chin surgery.

CHIN REDUCTION SURGERY

A chin reduction surgery can be performed through a vertical or horizontal excess. Although most chin reduction surgeries can be performed from the inside of the mouth, sometimes a small incision below the chin (submental incision), or a small incision at the lower jaw line will be necessary. The excess bone will be removed and the osteotomies will be stabilized with mini-plates. Prior to your procedure X-rays and/or a facial CT-scan (bone windows) will be needed to assess your anatomy, alveolar nerve and dental roots. A thorough pre-operative assessment will allow for the planning of a safe and accurate chin surgery. The craniofacial experience of Dr Bianca Knoll from performing surgeries for craniofacial congenital deformities and complex traumatic facial injuries, benefits her patients seeking chin surgery.

CHIN AUGMENTATION SURGERY

Chin augmentation can be either achieved by advancing your chin bone, or by inserting a chin implant. If chin advancement, i.e. sliding genioplasty, is performed, no implant will be used. The chin bone will be divided, moved forward, and secured with mini-plates, from the inside your mouth (most of the time). The advantage of a sliding genioplasty is that no foreign material is needed carrying the risk of infection due to intraoral bacteria. Patients who wish to undergo a less traumatic surgery, with a shorter down time, often prefer a chin augmentation either using silicone implants or implants made of a porous material allowing a better integration by your lower jaw bone. With an implant the shape of a chin cannot only be augmented but also altered to a certain degree. One of the down sides of chin implants are, that there is a risk of infection which in some cases, requires the removal of the chin implant.

CHIN AUGMENTATION SURGERY

Chin augmentation can be either achieved by advancing your chin bone, or by inserting a chin implant. If chin advancement, i.e. sliding genioplasty, is performed, no implant will be used. The chin bone will be divided, moved forward, and secured with mini-plates, from the inside your mouth (most of the time). The advantage of a sliding genioplasty is that no foreign material is needed carrying the risk of infection due to intraoral bacteria. Patients who wish to undergo a less traumatic surgery, with a shorter down time, often prefer a chin augmentation either using silicone implants or implants made of a porous material allowing a better integration by your lower jaw bone. With an implant the shape of a chin cannot only be augmented but also altered to a certain degree. One of the down sides of chin implants are, that there is a risk of infection which in some cases, requires the removal of the chin implant.

CHIN CONTOURING SURGERY

Patients seeking more subtle changes regarding their chin contour, might be an excellent candidate for a chin contouring procedure. A chin contouring procedure will reduce from an intraoral approach a prominent, or pointy chin by shaving the bony contour. Chin contouring surgery is less invasive than a chin reduction procedure not requiring any osteotomies.

CHIN SURGERY CONSULTATION

Chin surgery is not always the initial reason patients schedule a consultation to see Dr Knoll in her office in Frankfurt. Some patients are seeking a consultation for rhinoplasty, double chin, or neck lift. During the consultation the role of the chin on facial proportions and aesthetics will be discussed. Dr Knoll performs a comprehensive pre-operative facial analysis to understand your underlying facial anatomy and its proportions to each other. The goal of chin surgery is to balance proportions. not only from a front view. Assessing the relationship of your chin to the other facial structures, like your nose, cheekbones, and width of the face plays an important role in creating an aesthetically pleasing harmonious result. Medical photographs will be taken. The computer imaging is part of Dr. Bianca Knoll’s chin surgery patient’s consultations in her Frankfurt office. After your consultation appointment, you will receive several computer simulations, based on Dr Knoll’s analysis and your goals that had been discussed. The imaged simulations will serve as an educational tool, to help you to understand your options and facial proportions, and to discuss your preferences. You will also receive further information about any type of preoperative testing required and additional information about the procedure.

The approach in modern chin surgery is not to perform a standardized surgical procedure, but rather to take an individual approach addressing a patient’s personal and anatomical needs. This is where the craniofacial background of Dr Knoll will work in your favor, not only being able to diagnose those features, but also being able to surgically alternate them if necessary.

ONE DAY PROCEDURE OR HOSPITAL STAY

The success of chin surgery is clearly dependent on the meticulous planning and skilled surgical performance of your surgery. Your chin surgery will be performed under general anesthesia, usually as a one day procedure. If your chin surgery requires osteotomies, or is combined with other surgical procedures, some patients prefer to spend one night in the hospital. Based on your general health, length and type of the procedure and your personal comfort an overnight stay in the hospital might be necessary. We are happy to provide you with further information about the chin surgery procedure and answer your questions during your consultation in Dr Knoll’s office.

CHIN SURGERY COST

Unfortunately, it is quiet difficult to provide any estimated costs of chin surgery without having examined and talked to the patient. This is probably easy to understand given the variety of chin surgery procedures. The costs of your chin surgery will vary depending on the complexity, length of the procedure, material (implant), and the details involved. Usually there are 3 different costs associated with a surgery: the surgeon’s fee, hospital fee, and anesthesia fee.

Dr Bianca Knoll’s office in Frankfurt, will provide you with a detailed cost proposal for your chin surgery including all these 3 different costs after your consultation. During your office consultation with Dr. Knoll you will be thoroughly examined, allowing us to provide you with information pertaining to surgery, post operative instructions and the costs associated with your individualized surgery plan. For these reasons a consultation in our Frankfurt office is strongly encouraged.

If you wish to have additional information or would like to schedule a consultation please contact Dr Bianca Knoll, we will be happy to assist you.