Patient Education: Sliding Genioplasty

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What is Sliding Genioplasty?

Sliding genioplasty is a type of surgery used to adjust the position of your chin. This can help enhance the overall balance and proportion of your face. The procedure involves cutting the chin bone and repositioning it, which can be moved forward or backward to improve the chin's appearance.

Before the Surgery

You'll have a detailed consultation with your surgeon. This might include taking X-rays or CT scans to meticulously plan how to adjust your chin. It’s important to discuss all medications you're taking, as some may need to be paused before the surgery.

During the Surgery

The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep and not feel any pain during the procedure. Your surgeon will make a small cut inside your mouth along the lower gum line to access the chin bone. The bone is then cut, moved to its new position, and secured with plates and screws.


After the surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising, which are most noticeable in the first few weeks. Your diet will initially consist of liquids, gradually moving to soft foods as your recovery progresses. Your surgeon will provide pain relievers to manage any discomfort. Typically, the swelling takes a few months to fully subside, revealing the new shape of your chin.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, or nerve damage. There's also a chance that the results might not be exactly as you envisioned. Discuss all potential risks with your surgeon to ensure you have a complete understanding.

Final Results

While you'll see changes in your chin shape initially, the final results of a sliding genioplasty can take several months to fully develop, once all swelling has decreased. Most patients are pleased with the enhancement of their facial symmetry and profile.

It's important to have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the recovery process. Make sure to keep all follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns you might have during your recovery.