Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing cosmetic surgery. One of the plastic surgery procedures he performs is sliding genioplasty chin enhancement.
Sliding genioplasty can enhance facial contours by surgically repositioning the chin. If you are considering sliding genioplasty, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.
In addition to being a fully trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Antell has a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from Case Western Reserve University. Today, it is extremely rare for a plastic surgeon to have the combination of both a Medical and Dental degree, as each degree takes four years of training. With both of his degrees (MD & DMD), Dr. Antell has the unique expertise to analyze and reconstruct the face. The combination of the 2 degrees is especially helpful in the genioplasty procedure.
Patients in overall good health who have a chin that is out of proportion with the rest of their facial features are typically excellent candidates for a sliding genioplasty. We understand that these patients have options when it comes to improving their facial contours, including choosing between inserting a chin implant and undergoing sliding genioplasty. The following video will give you a better understanding of the procedures and can help you make an informed decision on which option is best for you:
As with any surgical procedure, risks and complications may occur. On the day of your sliding genioplasty consultation, Dr. Antell will discuss these risks as well as the recovery process. Closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after your procedure can help minimize risks. The most common risks include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, and numbness of the area.
During your initial consultation for sliding genioplasty, your surgeon will discuss your procedure goals and expectations with you. Your facial profile will be closely examined to determine if you are a candidate for sliding genioplasty. There are a variety of factors that can influence your procedure, including your facial structure and shape, your overall health, your age, and your expectations.
Your surgeon will explain the specifics of sliding genioplasty surgery with you and will answer any questions you may have regarding your facial plastic surgery procedure.
Sliding genioplasty surgery is typically performed in a private office-based surgical facility, or on an outpatient basis. Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art surgical facility is located on-site and meets the accreditation standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Sliding genioplasty surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia, depending on the extent of your facial surgery procedure.
When undergoing sliding genioplasty with local anesthesia, you will be sedated and the treatment area will be numbed to minimize any discomfort. When undergoing sliding genioplasty with general anesthesia, you will be asleep during the procedure and observed by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
A sliding genioplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the profile of a retrusive chin. An osteotomy of the chin is performed, in which the surgeon makes a cut through the bone. Once the malpositioned bone has been freed, the surgeon can reposition the bone into an ideal and more aesthetic orientation. A small plate and screws are used to secure the bone in its new position on the jawbone. These innovative plates are available in different sizes, making this procedure customizable to unique cases with varying degrees of bone advancement. Once positioned correctly, screws are used to secure the plate. Dr. Antell uses very specialized equipment to perform these operations, which most doctors don’t have. Ultimately, genioplasty chin enhancement can bring the chin into balance with the rest of the face for improved facial contours.
Aside from expected swelling and bruising of the treatment area that will subside over time, having a chin enhancement with sliding genioplasty does carry the risk of nerve damage, numbness to the area, and infection. Over the first few days, patients may find they only have a limited ability to chew, requiring a liquid or soft food diet. As the chin heals, a normal diet can be resumed. The recovery time for a sliding genioplasty is somewhat longer than that of chin implantation. However, most patients will be able to resume most normal activities 1-2 weeks after their procedure. Extensive exercise and strenuous activity may be resumed in 4-6 weeks.
Sliding genioplasty can improve facial balance and enhance the prominence of your jawline. Sliding genioplasty is designed to achieve long-lasting results. You can expect to see improvements in your facial profile in subsequent months.
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss chin enhancement with sliding genioplasty with you. Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.