Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

How to Improve your Profile

The chin and nose create your profile. While some of my patients express a concern about a weak chin, the chin surgery is usually performed along with rhinoplasty. A weak chin may not be your primary concern, but an appropriately sized chin can provide the balance to smooth and elongate the neck, strengthen the jawline, and balance your nose.


Before we discuss the procedures for addressing a weak chin or excessively prominent chin (witch chin), it is important to discuss facial symmetry. Most people think of symmetry or balance as the similarity between the right and left sides of your face. There should also be a balance between the vertical components of your face. The face is divided into an upper, middle, and lower thirds. Equality between the thirds creates balance. The upper third is roughly from your hair line to your eyebrows, the middle third from the eyebrows to your nostrils and the lower third is from your nostrils to the bottom of your chin. In order to create the right chin for your face and profile, it needs to be the correct height and projection.

Underprojected chin

An “under-projected” chin can benefit from an implant. A chin implant requires only a small incision under the chin. The surgery takes about 1 hour. Downtime is 1 week though this can vary if it is performed in concert with a neck lift or rhinoplasty.

Vertical Symmetry

If your chin is too “short”, meaning that the distance from your nostrils to the bottom of your chin is too small then a chin implant will likely not be sufficient. A genioplasty can actually move the bone of the chin to be able to achieve the appropriate height and projection. The incision is placed inside of the mouth, so there are no external scars. Downtime is about 1-2 weeks, though full healing requires a few months for the bone to completely heal.

If you are interested in learning more about chin surgery, please call or message Dr. Rankin

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