genioplasty

Duration of surgery

Duration of surgery

1-2 hours

Duration of hospitalization

Duration of hospitalization

1 night

Length of stay in hotel

Length of stay in hotel

4 nights

Genioplasty, also commonly referred to as chin surgery, is a type of cosmetic surgery that aims to improve the appearance of the chin, jawline, and lower face. This procedure involves increasing or decreasing the chin size to create a more balanced facial profile. You can opt for this procedure for both aesthetic and functional reasons. There are two different but effective popular types of genioplasty:

  1. Jaw shaving: In a jaw shaving procedure or lower jaw contouring, specialists reshape and reduce the chin size to create the desired facial contour. This procedure softens the jawline or minimizes the width of the lower face. The technique specialists choose varies depending on the outcome and the individual’s jaw structure. Generally, surgeons make incisions inside the mouth to access the jawbone and avoid visible scars on the face. Specialists reshape the mandible (lower jawbone) by shaving or removing excess bone to create a more contoured appearance. The extent of bone removal depends on preoperative planning and the final result.
  2. Chin implants (augmentation genioplasty): This procedure involves specialists placing an implant around the existing jawbone to increase the size, projection, and shape of the chin. The implants come in various materials, including silicone, and specialists design them to feel similar to natural bone. Chin implants are a popular option for those who want to enhance a weak or receding chin by providing a more defined and contoured jawline.

The choice between jaw shaving and chin implants depends on your anatomy, your desired result, and the advice of our surgeons. Both procedures significantly affect your facial harmony and improve your profile by creating a more balanced relationship between your facial features.

The goal of genioplasty in Turkey is to find harmonious proportions between each part of the face. In addition to aesthetic appearance, jaw deformities can cause real psychological suffering. Physiological restoration makes it possible to find facial features that match your personality.

A consultation before chin surgery in Turkey allows our plastic surgeons to fully understand the problem and examine the features of the chin as much as possible. The specialists consider the morphological features of your face and the relationship between the different parts (oval face and neck, nose, etc.). The purpose of this examination is to detect profile imbalances that may be present.

Avoid taking anti-inflammatory steroid drugs or aspirin for two weeks before the operation. You should not smoke for two weeks before the operation. You can use an antibacterial facial cleanser if the incision is under the chin. Avoid eating and drinking for 8 hours before surgery.

Swelling and bruising after genioplasty in Turkey may cause discomfort for a few days after surgery. It will take a few weeks for the swelling to subside and return to normal. Numbness may also occur in the lower lip and inside the mouth. However, it would help to be careful when doing heavy activities in the first months after the operation. Since there will be problems eating for a few days after the procedure, you should eat a soft and liquid diet in the first weeks.

What is Genioplasty?

Genioplasty is a type of plastic surgery that focuses on reshaping the chin. In this procedure, specialists can enlarge or reduce the size of the chin and usually perform it for aesthetic and functional reasons. Our specialists perform the procedure by placing an implant to enlarge the chin or vice versa by shaving the jawbone to reduce it.

In the case of bone modification, our surgeons cut the jawbone and then move it forward or backward to achieve your desired result. This will help improve the harmony between your facial profile and facial features. People with a receding chin, protrusion, or any asymmetry in the chin area they want to correct usually prefer this procedure. Our specialists also perform the procedure to fix functional issues, such as bite and chewing problems, or to address congenital disabilities or consequences from trauma. Recovery times and outcomes vary according to the specifics of the surgery, including bone changes or the use of implants.

The decision to undergo genioplasty in Turkey involves a thorough consultation with our plastic surgeons. During this consultation, our surgeons evaluate your facial structure, discuss your desired results, and explain the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. They use imaging tests such as X-rays or 3D scans to plan the surgery and predict its outcomes.

Specialists perform the procedure, typically under general anesthesia. If the surgery involves bone, surgeons make an incision inside the mouth near the lower lip to access the jawbone. This approach helps to avoid visible scars. After reshaping the bone or inserting an implant, surgeons secure the changes with plates and screws if necessary and then close the incisions with sutures.

Recovery after chin surgery can vary. However, you usually experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the first days following surgery. You can manage these symptoms with medication. You can generally return to work and normal activities within a week or two.

Who are the Ideal Candidates for the Genioplasty Procedure?

In this procedure, specialists strengthen the jaw with an implant or reshape the jaw with reduction surgery. However, the procedure isn’t ideal for everyone. Check out the ideal candidates for a genioplasty procedure in Turkey:

  • Have a slanted chin: Those with a weak or oblique chin that does not protrude in a balanced way with the forehead and mid-face area. This procedure provides a more balanced facial profile.
  • People with a protruding chin: Individuals with a prominent chin can undergo a reduced genioplasty to achieve a more harmonious facial balance.
  • Facial asymmetry: This procedure will help correct these irregularities and achieve a more symmetrical appearance for those with an asymmetrical or deviated chin.
  • Have a normal bite: Ideal candidates should have a normal bite. The jaw position can affect the overall facial profile and harmony.
  • Good health: Candidates should be in good general health, with no uncontrolled chronic diseases that could impair healing or increase surgical risks.
  • Have realistic expectations: Understanding the potential outcomes and having realistic expectations about the procedure results is essential.
  • Non-smokers: Smoking significantly impairs healing and increases the risk of complications. Ideal candidates are non-smokers or those who are willing to quit smoking well before surgery and during the recovery period.

What to Expect at the Genioplasty Consultation?

During a genioplasty consultation in Turkey, you can expect a thorough discussion and examination focusing on your chin’s aesthetics and overall facial balance. Our surgeons will begin by taking a comprehensive medical history, including past surgeries, current medications, and any allergies or medical conditions. This is followed by a physical examination of your face, focusing on the size and shape of your chin and its relationship to your facial features.

You can discuss your aesthetic goals and what you hope to achieve with this procedure. Our surgeons will provide feedback on the feasibility of these goals and set realistic expectations for the outcome, including discussing the potential for improvement rather than perfection. Specialists can sometimes take photos of your face and jaw from various angles for analysis. They use these images as a reference to plan the surgery, understand your facial structure, and discuss potential outcomes.

Our surgeons will explain the details of this essential procedure, including whether it will involve augmentation (chin implant) or reduction (they shave part of the jawbone). They will also discuss the type of anesthesia, incision techniques, and whether they will recommend additional procedures (such as rhinoplasty) to enhance facial harmony.

A detailed discussion about this procedure’s risks and potential complications is integral to the consultation. These include infection, asymmetry, nerve damage, or dissatisfaction with the aesthetic results. You will also receive information about the healing process, including downtime, swelling, pain management, and aftercare instructions. Our surgeons will also explain when you can return to normal activities and what you should do to ensure the best possible recovery.

This consultation is a critical step in considering chin surgery in Turkey. It would be best to be open and honest with our surgeons about your expectations and concerns.

What are the Risks of Genioplasty?

Similar to other surgical procedures, this method carries various potential risks and complications. Here are the risks of genioplasty in Turkey:

  • As with any surgery, there may be a rare risk of infection at the surgical site. You can usually manage this problem with antibiotics. However, if it is severe, additional treatment is required.
  • The surgery can cause temporary or, in rare cases, permanent damage to the nerves around the chin and lower lip, leading to numbness or sensory changes.
  • There is a possibility that the result is not symmetrical, and further surgery is needed to correct it.
  • If specialists use an implant to enlarge the jaw, there may be problems such as displacement, slippage, or the body’s reaction to the foreign material. For this, specialists can remove or replace them again.
  • Although specialists usually make incisions in the mouth or under the chin to minimize visible scarring, there is still a risk of scarring that you may notice or cause aesthetic concerns.
  • Where surgeons cut or move bone, there may be bone resorption over time, potentially altering the outcome of the surgery.
  • Changes to the jaw can affect jaw alignment and biting. Sometimes, it can lead to Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problems or chewing and speech difficulties.
  • Complications from anesthesia can occur, including allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, and heart and brain function effects. However, these are very rare with our modern anesthesia techniques.
  • Temporary swelling, bruising, and discomfort are joint but usually subside in the weeks following surgery.

How Do You Prepare for the Genioplasty Procedure?

Preparing for chin surgery in Turkey involves several steps to ensure the best possible results and minimize risks. Check out the preparation process for the genioplasty in general:

  • Medication adjustments: Surgeons will adjust your current medications and advise you to avoid certain medications and supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and specific vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Smoking and alcohol: If you smoke, you need to quit well before surgery, as it can delay healing and increase the risk of complications. Also, avoid alcohol at least one week before your surgery.
  • Fasting: You will probably need to fast (not eat or drink anything) for a certain period before your surgery. This period usually starts at midnight the night before surgery.
  • Prepare the recovery area: Create a comfortable area where essential items such as medicines, water, and telephone are easily accessible.
  • Post-operative care supplies: Stock on soft foods and cold packs to help manage swelling and nutrition after surgery.
  • Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t require pulling it over your head. Don’t wear makeup, jewelry, or contact lenses to surgery.
  • Understand the care instructions: Understand post-operative care instructions, including how to manage pain, when to take prescription medications, signs of complications to watch for, and follow-up appointments.
  • Set realistic expectations: Understand the practical outcomes of surgery and the timeline for recovery.
  • Stress management: Engage in stress-reducing activities if you feel anxious about the surgery.

Genioplasty in Turkey: How is It Done?

In Turkey, as in many other countries, our expert plastic surgeons perform this procedure, significantly improving facial harmony and balance. The process of chin surgery in Turkey involves several steps, from the initial consultation to surgery and recovery. Here is the step-by-step genioplasty procedure:

  • Anesthesia

Our surgeons usually perform the procedure under general anesthesia. This type of anesthesia allows you to be asleep and pain-free during surgery.

  • Process

Our specialists perform this procedure using different techniques depending on your desired result. In the jaw shaving procedure, specialists make an incision in the mouth to access the jawbone for bone reduction. Our surgeons then shave the bone, move it into the desired position, and fix it with plates and screws.

In the implant genioplasty procedure, they make an external incision under the chin or an internal incision inside the mouth to place a custom implant over the jawbone for augmentation.

  • Final

Finally, the specialists finish the procedure by removing the stitches. You will receive specific instructions for pain management and oral hygiene, diet, and activity levels. While you may notice some effects immediately, you will see the final results of chin surgery when your swelling subsides.

Recovery Process After Genioplasty

Recovery after genioplasty, a type of jaw surgery that changes the shape, size, or position of the jaw, varies depending on the specific techniques, the individual’s recovery process, and whether specialists perform other procedures simultaneously. Take a look at the recovery process after genioplasty in Turkey in general:

Immediate post-operative period (first week)

  • Swelling and bruising: Significant swelling and bruising in the chin and neck area are joint. These symptoms peak about 2-3 days after surgery and then gradually subside.
  • Pain management: You can manage pain with prescription medication. Your pain level usually decreases significantly within the first week.
  • Diet: We usually recommend a liquid or soft diet for the first few days to a week. Chewing can be difficult and uncomfortable immediately after surgery.
  • Activity restrictions: You should generally rest and avoid strenuous activities to minimize swelling and promote healing.

Short-term recovery (first month)

  • Swelling and numbness: Swelling continues to decrease but may last several weeks. Some numbness or altered sensation in the chin and lower lip is regular and usually temporary.
  • Diet progression: You can gradually return to your regular diet as comfort allows.

Long-term improvement (after the first month)

  • Final results: The swelling may take several months to disappear completely. It can take up to a year for the final shape of your chin to become fully apparent.
  • Numbness resolution: Any numbness or altered sensation usually resolves within the first few months. However, your sensation may take up to a year to return to normal.
  • Return to normal activities: Most patients can return to all their normal activities, including exercise, within 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. However, specific timelines vary according to your recovery and the surgeon’s advice.

Following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions during this process is crucial for a successful recovery. Applying cold compresses will help reduce swelling for the first 48 hours. Keep your head elevated while sleeping for the first few weeks. This will help reduce your swelling. It is also imperative to maintain good oral hygiene.

When Will You See the Results of the Genioplasty?

The timeline to see the results of genioplasty in Turkey varies depending on several factors, such as the type of procedure and your recovery process. Initially, your problem area will be swollen and possibly bruised. This can mask the changes made during surgery. The swelling essentially hides the changes you will see immediately.

The initial results of chin surgery become more noticeable as the swelling decreases significantly in the 1-3 months post-operative period. However, some swelling may still be present, especially in the morning or after physical activity, which may slightly change the appearance of the chin.

After 3-6 months post-operatively, most swelling has gone down, and your jaw shape is much closer to the final result. Any numbness or altered sensation will begin to improve significantly during this period.

You will usually see the final results of genioplasty within 6 to 12 months after surgery. After all, the swelling has gone down, and the tissues have fully healed and settled into their new position. This timeline allows any remaining swelling to resolve completely and the soft tissues to adapt to the reconstructed jawbone or implant.

How Much Does Genioplasty Cost?

The cost of genioplasty in Turkey varies greatly depending on various factors. However, the cost is much lower than in other countries. Here are the factors that affect genioplasty prices in Turkey:

  • Type of procedure: The surgical technique surgeons prefer affects the cost. Jaw shaving, which involves shaving and repositioning the jawbone and chin, has a different price than chin implant placement.
  • Surgeon’s experience: Experienced and reputable surgeons usually charge more.
  • Geographical location: The cost of surgery can vary significantly from one region to another; prices are generally higher in metropolitan areas due to increased demand and higher overhead costs.
  • Anesthesia fees: The type of anesthesia and the procedure duration also affect the total cost.
  • Additional procedures: The total cost will be higher if specialists perform the genoplasty in combination with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or maxillofacial surgery.

Consult our plastic surgeons specializing in facial surgery or our team of professionals for the most accurate and up-to-date cost information. They will provide personalized estimates based on your specific goals and needs. When considering this procedure, choosing a suitable medical facility and surgical team is crucial to ensure your safety, comfort, and satisfaction. iMed Medical is a leading choice for individuals seeking to enhance their facial aesthetics through chin surgery.

At iMed Medical, our board-certified surgeons specialize in advanced facial surgery techniques, offering jaw shaving and chin implant procedures. Our surgeons are renowned for their expertise, precision, and dedication to achieving natural-looking results harmonizing with each patient’s facial features. We look forward to seeing you.

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