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Who Needs a Sliding Genioplasty?

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Feb 4, 2014 - 12:13:49 PM

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( - By now, you probably know that a Sliding Genioplasty is a surgical alternative to the chin implant.  For patients who need a more tailored correction, or who do not want a foreign material presenting as their chin, the Sliding Genioplasty is a phenomenal choice.  But who exactly is having the Sliding Genioplasty procedure performed?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of Chin Implants and Sliding Genioplasty procedures is growing exponentially every year in the Untied States.  As more people begin to understand what chin augmentation can bring to their appearance, these numbers will continue to expand.

2012 Growth in Chin Implant Procedures:

Men - 76%

Women - 66%

40-54 year olds - 77%

55+ - 70%

Total procedures - 71%

The Sliding Genioplasty is an invasive procedure, designed to advance the mandible forward.  After completely slicing through the jawbone, with meticulous precision, a small titanium plate is attached.  The bone of the chin is then moved forward to an aesthetically pleasing angle; making it proportionate with the rest of the facial features.

Why would someone require a Sliding Genioplasty?

There are multiple reasons that might bring a potential patient into their physician's office, inquiring about a chin augmentation procedure.  Issues ranging from congenital birth defects to a broken jaw can affect the appearance of the chin, which may either be recessed or have a large protrusion.

Potential reasons a patient will seek out a Sliding Genioplasty:

  • Birth Defect:  Mandibular Hypoplasia refers to a chin that is too small for the face, while Mandibular Proganthism is the term for an over protrusion of the chin.  These traits are commonly genetic, and passed down from the parent.
  • Mild Congenital Chin Deformity:  The chin may, at first look, completely normal, although the face may be aesthetically unpleasing.  Upon closer inspection, a subtle proportion difference of the chin may cause the face to look either too long or stubby.
  • Bullying: It is common for teens and young adults to be teased about having a ‘horse-face' (due to an elongated chin) or a ‘munchkin face' (due to a recessed chin).  Chin augmentation is not normally performed though, until a patient is over the age of 18, when all growth with the body has finished.
  • A big nose: A receding chin can actually cause the nose to look oversized.  As the proportion between the two is extremely important for an overall facial aesthetic balance, a Rhinoplasty is not necessarily needed after a Sliding Genioplasty evens out the structure of the chin.
  • Chewing difficulty:  Malocclusion, or misaligned teeth, from a poorly proportioned jaw, may cause difficulty chewing, speaking, and a biting of the inner cheek.  Chin augmentation can correct the look and function of the chin.
  • An aging neck: As patients age, the muscle bands, skin, and fatty tissue of the neck may begin to lose elasticity.  This can cause a sagging of tissues, as well as lost definition between the chin and the neck.  A Sliding Genioplasty can redefine the chin, restoring a youthful appearance to the face and neck.
  • A broken jaw: The mandible is one of the most commonly broken bones in the face, second to the nose.  Fist -fights, skiing accidents, car wrecks, and falls can fracture the jaw, causing a permanent change in the appearance.  The only correction is often a surgical intervention.

Why a Sliding Genioplasty instead of a Chin Implant?

A Sliding Genioplasty has several benefits over the traditional Chin Implant.  First, the level of correction is much more precise with a Sliding Genioplasty.  With extreme accuracy, the surgeon can alter the shape and projection of the jaw.  Second, a Sliding Genioplasty is a much more advanced procedure, which allows a doctor to correct the most extensive issues of the chin.  Third, during a Sliding Genioplasty, the musculature around the mandible is stretched with the jawbone.  This can make a more ‘normal' appearing chin, as well as improve breathing problems such as sleep apnea.

Who is the best Sliding Genioplasty surgeon in New York?

Dr. Majid Jamali is a New York based oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  He is the founder of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of New York, and brings over 15 years of experience to each patient.  Widely considered the leader in Sliding Genioplasty procedures, Dr. Jamali is the top chin augmentation specialist in New York.  Call our office with questions and concerns at 212.480.2777.  We can assist in scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Jamali, as well as advise on travel arrangements to our office.


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