Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)

Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)

What Is Genioplasty?

Genioplasty is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of excess skin from the face. The term “geni” means belly button in Greek and refers to the area around your navel. In other words, it’s where your stomach sits. Skin that covers up part or all of this region makes one look sagging, wrinkled, or even fat. Genepilation removes some of this excess skin so that the face looks its best.

The procedure itself is relatively simple: the surgeon cuts out a small amount of skin from around the belly button area, then stitches it back together with sutures. The resulting result is a new appearance for your face. The procedure takes less than two hours and costs between $1,000-$2,500 depending on how much skin needs to be removed and whether you have any scars after the operation.

Why Should You Consider Genioplasty?

You may think that removing extra skin won’t make you look better, but it does! People who undergo genioplasty often say they feel more confident, are happier with their appearance, and enjoy being themselves. There is no reason why you shouldn’t consider having a chin job if you want to change your physical appearance.

Getting Your Genioplasty: Before, During, and After

Before the procedure:

Make sure that you are mentally fit for a medical procedure. Your surgeon will want to make sure that there is no reason you should not go through with the operation, so don’t forget to tell them everything!

Your surgeon will probably want to give you a physical examination too, to make sure that you are in good enough health to undergo the procedure. Be sure to mention if there is anything unusual about your general health, or if you have any pre-existing conditions.

After the procedure:

After the operation, your surgeon will bandage your chin area. It is important that the stitches remain in place for at least 10 days and that you keep the area as clean as possible. You should also not put weight on the stitches, so no sitting up, standing, or walking for at least a few days.

Preventing infection is very important, so if you notice any redness, swelling, heat, pain, or discharge from the wound, be sure to contact your physician immediately. It is also important to keep all follow-up visits that your surgeon requests, just to make sure that all is going well with your healing process.

Other Information About Genioplasty

It is important to have realistic expectations for genioplasty. The chin job is not a substitute for weight loss if you are obese, or for getting facelift if you have many wrinkles. However, it can greatly improve the look of your face if your chin has sagged or excess skin has built up there.

Genioplasty Costs

Most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic surgery, including genioplasty. The cost of genioplasty will vary from place to place and surgeon to surgeon. But in general the price of chin job surgery is from $3500 to $7500.

To find the lowest price for genioplasty, shop around at several different plastic surgery offices, and ask for their least expensive offer on a chin job.

It is also possible that you may qualify for financial aid if you need help paying for your chin job.

Explore your chin job options and consult with a surgeon before making a final decision.

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Sliding genioplasty for correction of chin abnormalities by WH Bell, DM Gallagher – Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1983 – Elsevier

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