Sliding Genioplasty vs. Chin Implant?
I have a receded chin and I'm researching different procedures to correct it. What's the difference between these two procedures?
There are a lot of differences between the two procedures. A chin implant is a much more common procedure used to correct a receding chin, but it is not ideal for every patient. Some patients have an overly receded chin (more than 10mm) that can not be corrected with a chin implant. If a person's chin is too short and needs to be adjusted vertically, a chin implant will also not help. In these cases, a sliding genioplasty would be the recommended procedure. The recovery from a genioplasty is longer than a chin implant. Chin implant surgery is not nearly as invasive as sliding genioplasty surgery. In chin implant surgery, a small silicone or Gore-tex implant is placed through an incision under your chin or inside your mouth and the recovery and downtime is pretty minimal. With sliding genioplasty surgery, the front of your mandible is cut off, moved forward and fastened to your jaw with metal brackets in screws. As you can imagine, the recovery from a procedure like this is longer. Many sliding genioplasty patients develop a lisp after surgery and have to relearn how to speak properly. The cost of the two procedures is also quite different, with a sliding genioplasty costing an average of $8,500 and chin implant surgery around $4,500.