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What Can Be Done about a Small or Recessed Chin?

A common concern among Dr. Ary Krau’s facial plastic surgery patients is a small or recessed chin that looks out of balance with the rest of the facial features. Many of the patients with these concerns are men who desire a defined, masculine chin and jawline and an attractive side profile, although Dr. Krau has plenty of female patients with these concerns, too.

There are several ways Dr. Krau, a sought-after Miami plastic surgeon, can help patients bothered by the appearance of a small or recessed chin. Below, he explains the options and invites anyone that would like more information to contact his practice and request a one-on-one consultation.

Chin Implant

The first option for individuals that are bothered by a small or recessed chin is to place a chin implant, which gives the chin greater projection and balances out the upper and lower halves of the face. Implants are made in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit different anatomies. Dr. Krau measures the patient’s face to help determine what size implant should be used; computer imaging software may also be used to allow patients to “preview” what they would look like with a chin implant.

Most chin implants are made from biocompatible rubber silicone materials, so the risk of rejection is very low. They can usually be placed during an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. A properly placed implant can last a lifetime.

Sliding Genioplasty

The second option for patients that are self-conscious of a small or recessed chin is a surgical procedure called a sliding genioplasty. During the procedure, the chin bone is cut and shifted forward to give the lower jaw more projection and definition. The bone is secured into the new position with special plates and screws.

Sliding genioplasty is a longer and more invasive procedure than placing a chin implant, but it is a great option for anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable having an artificial implant placed.

Combining Rhinoplasty and Chin Surgery

It is quite common for facial plastic surgeons to modify the chin and the nose simultaneously. The size and shape of the chin directly influences how prominent the nose appears. A small, receding chin usually makes the nose look larger and more noticeable, especially from a side profile view. When appropriate, Dr. Krau can perform rhinoplasty and chin augmentation at the same time to improve the balance and harmony between the facial features.

Book a Consultation with Dr. Krau

For more information about chin surgery, rhinoplasty or both, Dr. Krau welcomes you to book a consultation with him by calling or emailing our practice today.

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Ary Krau MD

Ary Krau, M.D.

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