Overview of the surgery:
Chin reduction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces the size of the chin by shaving down the bone through an incision made in the lower gums.
Chin reduction surgery begins with the surgeon making an incision inside the mouth (near the lower lip) or under the chin. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon detaches the bone at the tip of the chin and then reshapes and removes the excess bone to properly proportion the contour. The tip is then repositioned with the remaining section of chin and held together using wires and plates. The incisions are sutured to complete the procedure.
Duration of the operation:
The surgery duration is approximately 2-3 hours
Post operative care:
In cases where the incision was made inside the mouth, regularly use antiseptic mouthwash during the first week to keep the wound clean. If incision is located underneath the chin, clean the external wound twice each day after being released from hospital. Keep wound dry for 2-3 days. Liquid diet such as soups, shakes, etc. for first few days. Eat soft food for 7-10 days.
Most patients are able to go back to work within a week after surgery. However your surgeon may suggest you take 1-2 weeks off work. A soft diet is recommended for about a week and strenuous activities should be avoided for up to 2 weeks. Any situation which might involve facial contact should be avoided for up to 6 weeks.
Possible risk and complications:
All surgeries have inherent risks. With chin reduction surgery, the patient may experience swelling for several weeks or months while the bone heals. Infection is a less common risk to weigh when considering chin plastic surgery. Another potential side effect to consider following chin reduction surgery is small nerve damage. If small nerve damage occurs, this can cause the patient to experience numbness in the lower lip and chin. Additionally, complications can arise from adverse reactions to anesthesia, which can affect a patient's respiratory system.
Chin Reduction procedures are undertaken using general anesthetics.
It depends on your preferences as well as your surgeon’s. Chin reduction can be performed on an out patient basis, in the hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical suite
.Preparation before Surgery:
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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