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also known as
Reduction or Augmentation of the Chin

Common Description

Using surgery to make the chin more prominent or less prominent.

Medical Description

Surgical re-positioning of the bone that forms the chin. It does not involve the tooth baring part of the lower jaw and does not involve insertion of foreign material.


  • Genioplasty is performed when the appearance of the chin appears small or when it appears too prominent. Adjusting the prominence of the chin can also make other features, like your nose, appear relatively different.

Our Recommendation

You should always think very carefully about your options before proceeding to surgery. Undergoing surgery is YOUR CHOICE, make sure you are comfortable with the explanations you have received, that you understand what you have been told and that you have a full appreciation of what to expect post-operatively.

DDMS Process and Procedure

Professor David DOES NOT use artificial implants.

Professor David uses the sliding genioplasty technique, which involves sliding a horseshoe-shaped piece of the chin either backwards or forwards, finally fixing it in place using titanium screws.

Pre-Op Preparation

Prior to proceeding to surgery Professor David will arrange for you to have photographs, x-rays and to meet with a social worker.

The xrays are for assessing the existing bone structure. The photos are so there is a permanent record of your appearance prior to surgery and meeting the social worker is to ensure that you are making the decision to have surgery in the presence of a full appreciation of how the surgery will impact on you.

If you choose to proceed to surgery you should, as always, aims to lead a healthy life-style. Avoid excess alcohol consumption, do not smoke for at least 2 weeks prior, make sure you disclose your full medical history and do not take anti-coagulants (blood thinners) like aspirin. If you take aspirin for other medical conditions you should discuss this with Professor David and other medical professionals.

Post-Op Recovery

You will have a number of post-operative appointments with Professor David. It is important to attend your post-operative appointments so that your recovery can be fully assessed and monitored.


Q:  Will I look different?
A:   Yes. In accordance with pre-operative assessment and planning.

Q:  How long will I be in hospital?
A:   An overnight stay is required.

Q:  How long before I can return to my normal activities?
A:   7 - 10 days.

Q:  Will the plates and screws need to be removed?
A:   No. A small percentage of patients have them removed due to prominence and/or infection.

Q:  Where is the incision and scar?
A:   The incision is intra-oral ie; lower gum, therefore scarring is not obvious.

Q:  Will my ability to eat and talk be affected?
A:   No.

Q:  Will it hurt?
A:   Pain is not common, however is possible and mild pain relief is effective.

Advice for Carer's

Any surgery can be uncomfortable and we encourage carers to be supportive of patients in the post-operative period. Most importantly, the end result will not be evident until 3 months have passed, so making judgements on the outcome should really be reserved until then.


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David David Medical Services
226 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide
South Australia, 5006
T (61) 8 8267 1466
F (61) 8 8267 3403