Sliding Genioplasty

    Weakness of the chin may cause concern because weak chin is usually due to relative underdevelopment of the lower jaw and this is often associated with mal-occlusion or non alignment of the lower and upper teeth such that the lower teeth don’t come forward enough to fit with the upper teeth in the normal way. When this problem is corrected with jaw surgery by moving the lower jaw forward, the chin is automatically brought forward as well and the weak chin issue solved. Usually, however, at an early age, orthodondics or braces is used to tilt the bottom teeth forward and the weak chin problem persists.

    You may be considering chin augmentation because

    • It looks unattractive
    • The nose looks too big for the face
    • The neck line is poorly defined
    • The balance of the face isn’t right

    Chin augmentation addresses these concerns and improves often dramatically facial aesthetics.

    Chin augmentation is OFTEN done with rhinoplasty.
    Chin augmentation can be done in two main ways, chin implant and sliding genioplasty.

    chinlift_before-and-After view clinical cases

    What is a Sliding Genioplasty

    Sliding Genioplasty is the best way to achieve a more dramatic permanent chin augmentation is to move the bone of the rim of the lower jaw forward.  Using your own bone tissue which will heal strong like any bone that has been broken,  stable and strong augentation of the chis is achieved.  Although this is a bigger operation than inserting a chin implant, it is safer and more reliable long term.

    Via an incision in the mouth just in front of the lower teeth, a cut is made in the bone and the chin point slid forward and fixed with screws. This has the advantage not only of a more dramatic augmentation but also allows lengthening in height of the chin. Because the patients own bone is used to augment rather than plastic, it is a stronger and more stable augmentation and avoids possible complications of a plastic implant.

    The operation involves a general anaesthetic and a one night hospital stay.  Discomfort from the procedure is usually surprisingly little.  Return to work can usually be is two weeks or so.