Chin or genioplasty

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Genioplasty : chin plastic surgery – Cannes & Nice | Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon


What is the definition of a genioplasty?

Genioplasty is surgery involving the chin bone which aims to re-establish the balance and harmony of the chin within the facial features. A genioplasty consists of an osteotomy of the chin, that is to say, cutting a section of bone, in order to modify the appearance of the chin. It is a very effective procedure.

What are the issues in relation to the aesthetics of the chin?

Issues in relation to the chin that can upset the aesthetic harmony of the face are as follows. These issues may also occur in combination.

  • A receding chin: the chin is set back from other facial features
  • A prominent chin: the chin is projected forward (large chin)
  • A long chin: the surface of the chin is too long and needs to be shortened
  • A short chin: the chin needs to be lengthened
  • An asymmetrical chin

What is the purpose of a genioplasty?

Chin surgery involving an osteotomy re-establishes harmony of the facial profile between the chin, nose and forehead. Sometimes a rhinoplasty is combined with a genioplasty and a profiloplasty is performed

From what age can a genioplasty be carried out?

Chin surgery (genioplasty) can be performed once the growth of the facial skeleton is complete, that is to say, after the age of 18.

What are the other techniques for changing the shape of a chin?

When the chin is receding or too short, an improvement can be achieved by inserting a chin implant or by injecting a filler (hyaluronic acid or Radiesse).

This page only includes information about genioplasties performed using an osteotomy.


A genioplasty is a very flexible procedure and can produce spectacular results. A chin can be increased or reduced in a vertical or horizontal manner.

A genioplasty is performed entirely through the mouth, therefore there is no external scarring on the skin. In simple terms, the chin bone is divided in such a way that it can be brought forwards or backwards to lengthen or shorten the chin and jawbone. An osteotomy of the chin also enables the length of the lower face to be reduced or increased depending on the patient's aesthetic requirements. The bony section of chin is then fixed with tiny screws and rapidly consolidates.


Following a genioplasty involving an osteotomy with advancement or implants:

  • Use of chinrest for 24 hours
  • Semi-liquid or soft food for several days
  • No stitches to remove (resorbable stitches)
  • Ecchymosis (bruising) of the chin: 7 to 14 days
  • Oedema (swelling of the chin) 10 to 20 days
  • Genioplasty result immediately visible
  • Definitive result at 3 months
  • No sport for 2 months No sport for 3 months.
  • Example of before/after photo results following chin surgery: genioplasty before/after photo

The risks

The most significant complications to be aware of are:

  • A sensitivity disorder in the V3 nerve territory. This manifests as numbness of the gums, teeth, the lower lip and the chin. This is usually temporary, but can take several weeks to a month to resolve.
  • Delay or absence of bony consolidation. This complication is very rare and requires a second intervention.
  • Infection. Rare, it often requires a second intervention.
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Before-after photos of genioplasty by advancement osteotomy


Consultations at the aesthetic surgeon's office in rue d'Antibes, Cannes

  • Operation at the clinic in Cannes or Nice
  • Hospitalisation: outpatient or one night
  • Anaesthesia: general
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time away from social activities: 7 to 15 days
  • No stitches to be removed

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