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Chin Contouring / Reduction London

Chin Shaping Surgery is used to reduce the typical male chin which is larger, more square with prominent corners.

Improving the facial balance by reducing the prominence or shape of the chin is performed by reshaping the front of the mandible. The goal is to provide suitable projection of the chin, as well as the correct height of the chin which is in balance with the other facial features, while also creating more feminine proportions.

Chin Contouring Surgery is commonly combined with Brow Contouring, Cheek Implant Surgery and Thyroid Cartilage (Adam’s Apple) Reduction. Liposuction of the neck may also be used to remove excess fat.

We support and endorse the Guidelines for the Standards of Care for transgender, trans-individuals set out by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Summary of Chin Contouring

1 – 1.5 hours
Moderate pain / discomfort for 3-5 days
No strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks
Back To Work
10-14 days
Lasting Effects Of Treatment
Permanent but does not stop the ageing process
Your Procedure
  • Does Chin Reduction Surgery require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
    Chin Reduction Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case procedure.
  • Will I require an X-ray of my chin before surgery?
    Pre-Operative X-rays of the mandible (lower jaw bone) will be requested in order to check the lower teeth roots and to plan the degree of reshaping required to restore the lower face balance.
  • How long is the procedure?
    Chin Reduction Surgery normally takes approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
  • What about the scars following Chin Reduction Surgery?
    The incision is placed in the lower gum of the lip and is therefore hidden inside the mouth. This incision heals well in 5 – 7 days.
  • Will a special garment be required after Chin Reduction Surgery?
    Following Chin Reduction Surgery, a facial support garment is fitted at the end of surgery to help control swelling and reduce movement post operatively. This should be worn day and night for the first week.
Chin Reduction/Feminisation FAQ’S
  • Am I the ideal patient for Chin Reduction/Feminisation Surgery?
    The ideal patients for Chin Reduction/Feminisation Surgery are people with a large chin which gives the appearance of a heavy masculine lower face. s out of proportion to the face (macrogenia), but who have a normal dental bite, or those who want to create a more refined and feminine chin.
  • Can Chin Reduction Surgery be performed at the same time as other procedures?
    Yes, Chin Reduction is commonly performed together with Rhinoplasty or other face surgery such as Hairline Lowering, Browlift, Cheek Augmentation as well as Breast Surgery, Augmentation or Liposuction. What is appropriate and safe for you to combine will depend on your current and past medical health, your goals and the individual procedures.
  • What reassurance do I have with Chin Reduction Surgery?
    At LTS, we understand that your decision to have Chin Reduction Surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires, and assess your face accurately, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. If for any reason you are unsuitable for Chin Reduction Surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during and after your surgery.
  • How long is the recovery time?
    Moderate pain / discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 10 – 14 days, but must avoid strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks including any contact sports.
  • What about the results of Chin Reduction Surgery?
    The goals of Chin Reduction Surgery are to restore an aesthetically pleasing facial shape which is in balance with your facial features. Remember it can take up to 6 months or more for the final result to be achieved due to swelling in the area.
  • What are the risks of Chin Reduction Surgery?
    Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Bruising can occur and may take 2 weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Some altered sensation around the chin and lower lip is expected and will commonly return to normal between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.
  • How long do the results of Chin Reduction Surgery last?
    The results of Chin Reduction Surgery are permanent but note that as you age your chin will change over the years. For example, the tissues around the chin will continue to be affected by the aging changes and gravity.
Chin Reduction Surgery Operative Summary
  • Before Your Surgery
    Size – Important to discuss your aims carefully. Surgery should achieve an aesthetically balanced chin, mid-face and upper face, with more feminine features.

    Smoking – Essential to stop at least 2 weeks before surgery and for 6 weeks post-operatively.

    Drugs – Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks before and after your surgery.

  • Your Chin Reduction Surgery
    Anaesthetic – Performed under general anaesthetic, with local anaesthetic added to the chin to ensure comfort when you wake up from your general anaesthetic. It is commonly performed as a day case procedure.

    Scars – Inside lower lip.

    Sutures – Dissolving in 4-6 weeks.

  • After Your Surgery
    Chin Support – Supportive face strap worn for 7 days day & night, then for 2-3 weeks as much as possible.

    A cold Hilo – Therapy mask will be worn for 4 hours post-operatively to aid the control of swelling and any discomfort. In some cases we advise that Hilo-Therapy be used at home for one week to aid healing and reduce swelling.

    Exercise – Avoid vigorous exercise for 6 weeks, including contact sports.

    Diet – Soft diet for 7 days, use an antibacterial mouth rinse after every meal.

    Swelling – Moderate expected for a minimum of 6 weeks, final result may take 6 – 12 months.

  • Potential Problems/Risks
    Pain – Moderate discomfort expected, take regular painkillers for 3-5 days. Avoid Aspirin/Ibuprofen.

    Bruising – Occasional, may last for 2 weeks.

    Wound – Occasionally, mild infection.

    Rarely, serious infection requiring antibiotics.

    Rarely, haematoma (blood collection) that may require drainage.

    Sensation – Some diminished sensation will occur in the lower lip and chin. Can take up to 6 weeks to return to normal.

    Teeth – Rare, may incur injury to the root of the tooth, which will need Dental treatment.

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