Genioplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance and function of the chin. It is also known as chin surgery or mentoplasty. The surgery involves modifying the chin bone or adding an implant to the chin to create a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing facial profile.

Genioplasty can be performed for various reasons, such as correcting a receding or prominent chin, correcting a cleft chin, or addressing a chin deformity caused by trauma or congenital conditions. It can also be done in combination with other facial procedures such as rhinoplasty or a facelift to achieve a more harmonious facial appearance.

The procedure is typically done under general anesthesia, and the surgeon makes an incision either inside the mouth or underneath the chin. Through this incision, the chin bone is then reshaped or an implant is placed in the chin to create the desired contour. The incision is then closed with sutures or surgical tape.

Recovery from genioplasty can take several weeks, and patients may experience swelling and bruising around the chin and neck area. Pain medication may be prescribed to help manage discomfort during the recovery period. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within two to three weeks, but strenuous physical activities should be avoided for several weeks following the procedure.

As with any surgery, genioplasty carries certain risks and potential complications, such as infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and implant displacement. It is important for patients to discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with their surgeon and carefully follow all pre- and post-operative instructions.

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