Chin Surgery Sydney NSW

Chin Surgery in Sydney by Dr Kernohan 

Your chin plays a major role in the overall appearance of your face. A weaker looking jawline and recessed chin can alter the facial symmetry and have a negative aesthetic impact.

Dr Michael Kernohan is a top plastic surgeon expert in Sydney, Australia. Find out more about chin implant surgery and what to expect before and after the surgery. Learn what the treatment involves, including recovery time, benefits and risks are involved.

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Types of Chin Surgery

Chin Reduction surgery or reduction Genioplasty, involves reshaping the bone or removing a tiny piece of bone and repositioning the chin.

Chin Augmentation or sliding genioplasty, increases the size of the chin with the help of an implant or alters the bone and fixes it into position.

Chin implant surgery changes the appearance of your chin, usually by augmenting an overly small or weak chin. The procedure essentially creates a better-defined face. Chin remodelling surgery with an implant can help bring all facial features into balance.

Why Consider Chin Surgery?

If you have a weak or recessed chin or your facial features lack proportion, chin implant surgery could be the solution to:

  • Create the facial harmony of your face by making your chin look more proportionate with the rest of your facial features
  • Alter the appearance of a weak and recessed chin
  • Improve the definition of your neck and jawline 
  • Reduce the look of double chin caused by small chin bone

What to Expect when getting Chin Surgery? 

Chin surgery is typically performed under general anaesthesia.

The incision can either be made on the inside of the mouth or under the chin. If you are getting chin surgery performed in combination with a facelift or neck lift, the incision will be positioned under the chin. 

In case of a chin augmentation, Dr Kernohan will either use an implant or reshape the bone. If he decides to use an implant, the first step will be to separate the chin tissue from the bone. Then the implant will be placed and adjusted. After the implant, Dr Kernohan will fix the bone with the help of titanium screws. Then, the chin tissues will be reattached over the implant, and incisions will be closed with the help of absorbable sutures. 

In the case of chin reduction, he eliminates some of the bone in order to create a smoother contour.

Chin Surgery Before and After Pictures

You can tell a lot about a surgeon and his expertise by looking at the results of his past patient results. You can examine before and after pictures during your first consultation with Dr Kernohan. 

Your Chin Implant Surgery Journey

·       Before the Surgery

The process will begin with a consultation with Dr Michael Kernohan to discuss your wishes, expectations, and possible solutions. He will suggest additional tests to avoid unwanted complications and move closer to the desired results. 

·       Surgical Procedure

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, and the technique used will be dependent on the desired aesthetic goals. Post the surgery, you will be allowed to go home on the same day or the day after the surgery. 

·       Recovery

Dr Kernohan and his team will give you a list of instructions to follow post-surgery. After a few days, you will be asked to come in for a follow-up visit to ensure your healing process is going well.

In a couple of days, your stitches will be removed. During the recovery, make sure to sleep with your head in an elevated position. Do not star strenuous workouts till your surgeon gives you a go. Stick to a liquid diet for the first day or two post-surgery. Take all the medications prescribed. Refrain from consuming any blood-thinning medications as they can lead to complications. 

Risk and Complications of Chin Surgery

If you choose the right surgeon and stick to all the pre and post-treatment instructions, the risks of complications can be minimised greatly. Some of the possible complications include: 

  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • A shift in implant position
  • Scarring
  • Bad reaction to anaesthesia
  • Swelling 
  • Bruising
  • Skin redness

Make sure to check plastic surgery risks page for more details.

How much is Chin Surgery in Sydney?

Chin implant surgery costs in Sydney can range from $5000 to $15000. The cost is dependent on multiple factors such as the experience of the plastic surgeon, and the facility where the procedure is performed.
Have a look at Dr Kernohan’s prices page to get an idea about the costs of plastic surgery.

Contact Dr Kernohan’s team for a cost estimate or to schedule a consultation for chin surgery.

Does Medicare Cover Chin Surgery?

Medicare can help cover the cost of surgical interventions performed for essential medical reasons. Find out more info about Medicare item numbers here.

Check out payment plans and medical financing options available to help you fund the chin surgery.


How to Choose the Best Chin Surgeon in Sydney

Chin surgery is a highly delicate and complex intervention. To get the optimal results, you should find the right chin surgeon in Sydney. Some factors to take into consideration when choosing the plastic surgeon are:

  • Experience or how often they perform the procedure you are interested in
  • The hospital facility where the procedure is performed (not a back room of a clinic)
  • Before and after pictures of past patients
  • Surgeon’s Involvement in the recovery process

Chin Surgery FAQs

Is having a long chin good?

  • It all depends on your personal preference. Generally speaking, the slightly V-shaped or heart-shaped chin is regarded as the most desirable.

What’s a weak chin?

  • A weak chin and jawline refer to a receding chin or a chin that is short, small, and pulled backward.

What is jawline slimming?

  • Jawline slimming is a simple yet effective procedure that is performed to create a slim and more feminine jawline.

How long does it take to recover from chin surgery?

  • The recovery time essentially depends on the surgical approach used during the intervention. Most patients can go back to work about a week or two after the surgery. Complete recovery can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. 

How do I fix my small chin?

  • Chin augmentation surgery could help fix a small chin. Chin Fillers may also help temporarily.

Does a chin implant change your smile?

  • There is no simple answer to this question. The implant is positioned underneath the chin muscle. This is one of the many muscles that move the lips. Hence, there may be a temporary change in your smile. 

Do chin implants feel natural?

  • Yes, chin implants usually look and feel completely natural if done by an experienced plastic surgeon. 

Which is better, Chin Implant or Genioplasty?

  • With Genioplasty, your chin will come forward as it pulls the neck’s soft tissues with it and improves the jawline. Chin implant will only alter the appearance of the chin. Both procedures are good options, Dr Kernohan can suggest the optimal surgical approach for your particular case.

How do you sleep after a chin implant?

  • You should sleep with your head elevated for three weeks after the surgery to minimise swelling.

Does chin implant leave a scar?

  • Dr Kernohan will insert the chin implant through an incision created inside the mouth or under the chin. This means that there is little to no visible scar left behind. 

Can I eat after chin implant?

  • You need to have a liquid diet following your surgery. The day after the surgery, start consuming soft and preferably mashed foods.

What causes a small jaw?

  • The small jaw is primarily caused by genetics. 

Further Reading and Medical References about Chin Surgery