Chin implant surgery, or Genioplasty, is a cosmetic treatment used to increase the size and therefore create a more balanced appearance to the face. The procedure corrects the appearance of a receding chin through the insertions of implants into the chin area.
Chin implant surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic and can take anything between 1-4 hours. The surgeon will make cuts inside the mouth under the lower lip, or occasionally under the chin. Artificial implants or bone from a lower part of the chin is then placed under the skin.
After chin implant surgery there may be a lot of swelling and bruising in the chin area for up to two weeks. The patient's chin area is also likely to be tender and painful. A diet of liquidated food should be followed for around one week. Patients may be able to leave the hospital within a few hours of the operation, though sometimes an overnight stay may be required. You can return to work after a week or two and should avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks.
Risks and side effects
As well as the risk of the general anaesthetic, chin implant complications include infection and problems with wound healing. In rare instances if infection cannot be treated with antibiotics it may require the removal of the implants.
Cost and prices
The price of a chin implant surgery is approximately £3000-£4000 in the UK. If you choose to have chin implant abroad you can save up to 50%. For example, in Belgium a chin implant would cost just £1700.
NHS, private or abroad
Chin implant surgery is not available of the NHS as it is mainly a cosmetic procedure. However, the operation is available at many private cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?