The What, Why, and How of Chin Reshaping Procedures

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When improving a person’s profile, chin reshaping procedures are often bypassed for the more common rhinoplasty or facelifts. However, a well-proportioned chin can enhance a person’s profile and overall face shape.
Despite being less popular than facelifts and nose lifts, more and more people recognize the benefits of chin procedures. In fact, over 43,000 Americans got the surgery in 2020, a massive jump from the 16,400 in 2018.

The Rise of Chin Procedures
The popularity of nose lifts stems from the fact that it’s highly visible face-to-face and profile-wise. Although the chin is not as attention-grabbing as the nose, changes in its shape and size can dramatically alter a person’s appearance.
Facial cosmetic procedures aim to make a face more symmetrical. A receding chin and a double chin throw off that balance. Fortunately, chin reshaping procedures can rectify that.

Chin Types
There are as many chin types as there are face shapes. But three kinds of chins can tip a person’s facial feature balance: the receding chin, protruding chin, and double chin.
A receding chin, weak chin, or retrogenia is characterized by a chin slope that recedes toward the neck. This is the typical result if the lower jaw is misaligned with the upper jaw. It may also occur due to the loss of bone or soft tissue around the mandible as people grow older.
Conversely, a protruding chin is characterized by a prominent chin jutting forward away from the neck. It can happen because of jaw misalignments, teeth alignments, and on very rare occasions, too many growth hormones.
Lastly is the more widely known double chin. A double chin occurs when a layer of fat forms below the chin. This is why a double chin is also called submental fat.

Chin Reshaping Methods
In some situations, orthodontics may address a protruding chin. Other times, it is best dealt with cosmetically, similar to receding and double chins. The most common chin procedures are chin liposuction and chin enhancement surgery.

Chin Liposuction
Chin liposuction is a procedure that permanently eliminates submental fat. As a result, the face will look slimmer and the profile more defined.
Chin liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is best used to address double chins. It means that there is less downtime compared to other methods.

Genioplasty, otherwise known as mentoplasty or surgical chin enhancement surgery, can correct the chin’s shape through reductions or augmentations. Chin augmentations involve placing implants in the chin to replace the missing tissue, while chin reduction surgeries remove tissues or reshape the bone.
People with receding chins will benefit from chin augmentation surgeries to give them a more defined jaw and profile. On the other hand, a chin reduction procedure is advantageous for those with protruding chins.
Unlike chin liposuction, which only requires a local anesthetic, genioplasty requires the patient to undergo general anesthesia in a hospital or an office operating room. Although these procedures mean more downtime, the results are truly rewarding.

There are many types of chins as face shapes, but some chins affect the balance of a person’s facial features. You can correct your situation through chin reshaping procedures.
With the proper chin treatment, a person can have a more symmetrical face, graceful profile, and youthful appearance. A chin procedure does not only reshape a person’s face, but it can alter a person’s confidence and outlook in life as well.
If you’re looking for board-certified facial cosmetic surgeons specializing in chin reshaping procedures in Dallas, TX, then turn to Dallas Surgical Arts. Dr. Randy R. Sanovich, DDS, is a top facial expert who can bring your inner beauty out for the world to see. Book your consultation today!

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