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Genioplasty Specialist Specialist

Southern California Center for Surgical Arts

Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon & Dental Implant Specialist located in Sherman Oaks, CA

If your chin is not in balance with the upper portion of your face, or if you need corrective surgery after traumatic injury, genioplasty offers a solution. Skilled genioplasty specialist Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS can assess the needs of your face and provide excellent care. Call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, conveniently located in Sherman Oaks, California, to book a visit, or use the easy online scheduling tool today.

Genioplasty Specialist Q & A

What is genioplasty?

Genioplasty is the name used to describe surgery performed on the chin. The goal is to create a balance between the upper and lower portions of the face, as well as enhance overall facial appearance. 

Some people choose to have a genioplasty solely for aesthetic benefits. For others, chin surgery is needed to improve airflow to their upper airways, improve their bite, or repair damage after traumatic injury. Certain jaw surgeries can also change the shape or placement of the chin and may require genioplasty to correct. 

Some of the adjustments that can be made during genioplasty include:

  • Advancing the jaw forward
  • Pushing the jaw backward
  • Shifting the jaw to the left or right
  • Making the jaw more or less pronounced

The approach used in your procedure depends on the exact specifications of your bone structure as well as the effect you’re hoping to achieve. Chin implants are sometimes used in genioplasty to “build out” the chin. However, transferring a portion of your natural bone tissue is also an option for genioplasty procedures.

What is sliding genioplasty?

A sliding genioplasty is a surgical technique done under general anesthesia, so you’ll rest comfortably from start to finish. Dr. Elias begins this process with an incision in the gum tissue beneath your lower teeth. 

The soft tissue is then gently separated from the chin bone. A surgical saw allows Dr. Elias to remove a portion of your bone tissue. In some cases, a wedge of bone is removed then repositioned to move the chin to a more forward position. 

Some procedures use metal screws or plates to secure altered bone tissue in place. Over time, your bone will fuse to those materials, creating an incredibly strong and enhanced chin. 

Once Dr. Elias is pleased with the new chin shape and position, he carefully closes the gum incision and adds compression bandaging to support your chin during the initial stages of healing. 

What can I do to support a healthy recovery process?

One of the most important things you can do to enhance your recovery is to adhere to all guidelines and instructions provided by Dr. Elias and his surgical team. Your body needs support as it heals, and putting too much strain on the surgical site can interfere with that process. 

If you’re a smoker, try to find a smoking cessation program that works for you in the months prior to your procedure. Smoking robs your body of normal circulation and affects many cellular processes linked to healing. Finding a way to quit for good will help heal and boost your overall health and wellness. 

It’s often helpful to find a friend or loved one to stay with you for a few days after your surgery. They can handle routine household tasks for you and make sure you get your prescriptions filled and remain comfortable during the initial days of healing. 

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding genioplasty, call the office to set up a consultation, or use the online booking tool today.