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Surgical Correction of Chin Ptosis

Surgical correction of chin ptosis is a plastic surgery procedure to correct chin deformities caused by sagging and drooping of soft tissues over the lower jawline-sometimes referred to as a ptotic chin or witch's chin.

Surgical Correction of Chin Ptosis

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

2 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$2000 - $5000

The Specifics


What is a surgical correction of chin ptosis?

A surgical correction of chin ptosis surgery is a corrective procedure to fix the rare, but difficult cosmetic chin deformity of chin ptosis or descent of the soft tissue of the chin over the lower jawline (mandible) sometimes referred to as a witch's chin.

A chin ptosis surgery can also be used as a therapeutic modality. The chin is anatomically correlated to the mandibular symphysis which is the area where the mandible connects. It is common for chin ptosis to occur following removal of a chin implant due to disturbances to soft tissue and the chin pad.

There are two types of chin ptosis: dynamic and static. In dynamic chin ptosis the appearance is worsened with smiling, and so soft tissue excision is needed. In static chin ptosis, treatment involves resuspending muscles (like the mentalis muscle) around the mouth.

The most appropriate chin surgery technique for a patient can be determined with the assistance of a plastic surgeon. A Chin Ptosis procedure does not involve bone reduction as seen in some other chin surgeries like a chin reduction plastic surgery. Some individuals choose to pursue other cosmetic surgery procedures at the same time, such as a facelift, to further enhance the facial aesthetic.

What cosmetic concerns does a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure treat?

  1. Chin Shape & Size: Alterations to drooping soft tissue of the ptotic chin and/or resuspension of the muscles around the chin can correct a chin ptosis appearance and restore the facial aesthetic.

Who is the ideal candidate for a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure?

The ideal candidate for a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure is an individual with a deep submental crease and/or dynamic chin ptosis. A surgical correction of chin ptosis is not recommended for those with periodontal disease or significant lower lip protrusion.

What is the average recovery associated with a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure?

The acute recovery period following a surgical correction of chin ptosis is generally about 10 days. Bruising, swelling, and pain typically resolve in this time, and most patients return to their activities about one week following the plastic surgery.

What are the potential side effects of a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure?

Possible side effects following a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure may include swelling, mild bruising, pain, numbness of the incision site, numbness of the lower lip, and infection.

What can someone expect from the results of a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure?

The results of a surgical correction of chin ptosis are immediately visible following the plastic surgery and are permanent. Final results of the chin surgery will evolve over three weeks as the body heals.

What is the average cost of a surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure?

A surgical correction of chin ptosis procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of a Surgical Correction of Chin Ptosis is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

Permanent correctionImproved profile

Cons

Scarring

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Chin ptosis causes sagging of the soft tissue in the chin area. Chin ptosis can be either static or dynamic. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after the surgical correction of chin ptosis.

The Takeaway


A surgical correction of chin ptosis is a plastic and reconstructive surgery procedure used to correct changes in soft tissue of the chin, a deep submental crease, and other chin deformities leading to chin ptosis or a witch's chin. This plastic surgery can alter the chin pad and correct the submental crease through a variety of techniques including an excisional approach or an intraoral incision. It is common for chin ptosis to develop following a chin implant removal, although this type of chin deformity can stem from numerous other causes.

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  1. BC Rubens, RA West Ptosis of the chin and lip incompetence: consequences of lost mentalis muscle support PubMed.gov; 1989-04-01
  2. Y Jeblaoui, N Guedj, S Drikes, and C Vacher The Chin Fat Pad PubMed.gov; 2012-03-12
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