Genioplasty

Enhancing the chin and jawline with genioplasty surgery

Patients who are dissatisfied with the natural shape and definition of the chin and jaw area can work with a plastic and maxillofacial surgeon, like Dr. Steinbacher, in the Connecticut (New York, Boston) areas to provide chin implant, genioplasty, or “chin reshaping.” These are surgical approaches to weakness, deformities or imperfections in the chin and jaw area that can benefit from treatment and modification to improve aesthetics and self-confidence. Dr. Derek Steinbacher can perform this and other facial plastic surgeries to help patients enhance their self-esteem and achieve the definition and shape of the chin that best harmonizes and fits with their facial contours.

What is genioplasty?

Genioplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that involves altering the shape of the chin. It can be done to make the chin more prominent or reduce its size. It can correct asymmetry, and be done to create a “taper” or “V-line.”  The procedure is usually performed for aesthetic reasons, but it may also be done to correct a growth problem, birth defect or injury.  Genioplasty can be done in isolation, or frequently together with orthognathic / jaw surgery.  It also can be done together with rhinoplasty, and with a host of other procedures.  

How is genioplasty performed?

There are two main types of genioplasty: autologous (osseous) and alloplastic. Autologous / Osseous genioplasty uses the patient’s own chin bone – and it is cut, manipulated, and repositioned to achieve the desired facial form and result.  Alloplastic genioplasty uses an artificial implant to alter the shape of the chin. Common materials we use include: titanium, a porous polyethylene, or silicone.  The implants can be stock (off the shelf in a variety of sizes), or custom (that is specifically designed to you and your anatomy.  A CT scan (Cone beam) is done to facilitate genioplasty planning.  Custom solutions may be available for osseous genioplasty as well.  The decision on which type of genioplasty to perform will be based on several factors, including the patient’s goals and the surgeon’s experience.

Are there any risks with genioplasty surgery?

Genioplasty is a very safe procedure.  As with any surgery there can be risk for bleeding, infection, and nerve issue, or malposition. However, the chance for these complications is quite low, and most patients recover without any significant problems.

How do I find out more about genioplasty?

If you are considering genioplasty, be sure to consult with a qualified facial plastic and maxillofacial surgeon who has experience performing this procedure. Together, you can discuss your goals and decide if this surgery is right for you, and specifics relating to cosmetic goals, surgical approach, and methods to be used.  Dr. Derek Steinbacher has performed thousands of genioplasties and is pleased to offer the appropriate chin reshaping procedure / approach for you.  A 3D simulation to communicate cosmetic goals and a cone beam CT scan may be obtained.  Call the office at (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation and initial evaluation at our practice, conveniently located at 5 Durham Road, Suite 1-8, Guilford, CT 06437.

Dr. Derek Steinbacher MD, DMD, FACS

Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.

He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.

Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!