How to Improve Your Chin with Genioplasty in Singapore

well-shaped chin of young woman

Are you unhappy with the way your chin looks? Is it too long, or is just simply asymmetrical and you don’t feel confident with its appearance? Then look no more, as there is a way to fix that problem. In Singapore, genioplasty, or chin surgery, is one popular cosmetic procedure that is sure to excite and satisfy people who go through similar issues.

What is genioplasty?

According to TES Clinic, genioplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the shape, size and position of the chin. It is mostly a cosmetic surgery, with people mostly undergoing the operation to achieve better looks, and not necessarily to fix a medical problem. Due to this, if it’s for a purely cosmetic purpose your insurance here in Singapore will not cover the procedure.

What results should you expect with a genioplasty?

Genioplasty can be done to achieve 4 different kinds of results, namely:

  • Advancement – the chin is moved forward
  • Pushback – the chin is moved backwards
  • Vertical Changes – the chin is made longer or shorter
  • Side-to-side – the chin is made more symmetric

What are the different types of genioplasty in Singapore?

There are two ways of performing genioplasty in Singapore – through sliding genioplasty or through chin implants.

  1. Sliding Genioplasty

Also known as osseous genioplasty. Through sliding genioplasty, the surgeon cuts away through the chin bone using a saw, which separates it from the rest of the jaw. The surgeon can then move the chin bone to correct the deficiency. This type of genioplasty is recommended for people with a receding chin also known as retrogenia. Chins that are too forward or too long.

well-shaped chin of young woman

Sliding genioplasty usually takes place in a hospital or clinic’s operating theatre. Before the surgery, general anaesthesia is applied to minimize the pain and discomfort during the procedure. The surgeon starts by pulling down the patient’s lower lip and cutting on the gum of the lower lip just under your bottom teeth. He/she then separates the soft tissue from the chin bone. Using a saw, a small vertical line is cut in the chin for the surgeon’s reference and to make sure that the bone doesn’t get crooked when it is being moved forward or backwards.

After this, the surgeon then cuts horizontally along the chin bone. He/she will also optionally cut on the bone’s wedge if your chin is being made smaller or moved backwards. The surgeon then slides the bone forward or backwards, after which it is kept in place by attaching screws or a metal plate.

To elongate the chin, the bone is reattached with a gap between the rest of the jaw and the chin. The bone will regrow and fill this gap. On the other hand, to make the chin shorter, a wedge of bone is removed, and the chin is reattached to the rest of the jaw.

Finally, the surgeon stitches the incision closed. A compression tape is then attached around the outside of your chin to ensure that the area is protected and kept in place during recovery.

  1. Chin Implants

Through the use of chin implants made from a plastic or alloplastic material, a surgeon can reshape, alter, lengthen or push forward the chin’s appearance. These implants are usually inserted through surgery. These chin implants adhere to the bone, which can then give your chin a new appearance.

There are several different types of material that can be used for chin implants. These include teflon, silicone and medpore. Medpore is a relatively new material that is getting quite popular due to it having “pores”, which allows the tissue to directly adhere to the implant instead of just around it.

Before the surgery, the surgeon will first examine your chin and get its measurements. He/she will then sculpt an implant that is the right size and shape for your chin. To insert the implant, the surgeon will usually make an incision right inside your mouth or just under your chin. After the implant is inserted, it is then adhered to the chin bone using screws. The surgeon then stitches up the incision. All in all, the procedure should take between 1 to 3 hours to finish.

Another option for chin implants is through a less invasive, nonsurgical chin augmentation. This is done through the injection of fillers, such as dermal fillers or your own body fat, to improve the chin’s appearance.

How long is the recovery period?

For both sliding genioplasty and chin implants, the total recovery period is about six to eight weeks. Some swelling, redness or bruising may be visible for a few days after the surgery but will eventually disappear after about a week. If these do not disappear, you may have to contact your doctor again for a follow-up inspection.

How effective is genioplasty?

Chin surgery or genioplasty in Singapore is very effective, with research showing that almost all patients who’ve undergone genioplasty were satisfied with the results. It’s a very straightforward procedure, which is why it is no surprise that patients are very pleased with the outcome.