The chin is one of the parts of the body that does not usually get much attention. We know that it is there, but it seldom gets noticed for its attributes, unlike other facial features like the eyes, nose, or lips. When describing a person’s look, the chin is characterized as either ‘strong’ or ‘weak’ and not with other more flattering adjectives, which is a pity because the chin, with its inconspicuous nature, should actually receive more credit. And this is not some baseless statement -if you ever get the chance to consult with Dr. Seah Tian Te from the TES Clinic for Face and Jaw in Singapore, he will tell you that the chin plays a pivotal role in achieving a well-proportioned, attractive face. Having the perfect eyes, eyebrows, skin, nose, and lips will not matter if the chin – or to be more specific, its size and shape relative to the jaw – lacks definition.

And that is not all – if you are keeping up with the latest beauty standards, you would know that a V-line shape is a popular trend right now. The good thing is that there are a lot of available options that can help achieve a V-line shaped face! One of these is chin surgery, or genioplasty. This procedure is done by reducing the size of the chin in an effort to enhance the look of the person’s profile. A well-defined chin, after all, creates the impression of a sharper, contoured profile.

To learn more about chin surgery in Singapore, this article will discuss the following questions:

  • How would I know if I am a good candidate for chin surgery?
  • What are the options available, and which is the best one for me?

How would I know if I am a good candidate for chin surgery?

Everybody wants to achieve a perfectly symmetrical face, right? But even if a person wants to and is ready to undergo the procedure at any given moment, there are certain qualifications that should be fulfilled before he or she can be considered a good candidate for chin surgery in Singapore. Review the checklist below to see if you are qualified:

  • You are self-conscious about the shape and position of your chin.
  • Your chin is too small, too short, too long, weak, or receding.
  • Your chin is not well proportioned to your other facial features.
  • You have a double chin.
  • You want to improve the definition of the jawline and the neck.
  • You are in good physical health, without any serious pre-existing medical conditions and diseases.
  • Your weight is stable.
  • You do not smoke.
  • Your teeth are not aligned properly (i.e., you have an underbite or overbite)
  • You have chin asymmetry (i.e., your chin is pushed to one side)

If you tick most or all of these boxes, you are likely to be a good chin surgery candidate. You still need to consult with a surgeon, though, to determine if your expectations are realistic and which chin surgery option suits you best.

What are the available options?

Depending on whether you want a bigger or smaller chin, your doctor may use implants or reshare bones to achieve the expected cosmetic results. Below are the available options for chin surgery:

  • Chin implants: This procedure involves inserting synthetic implants to enlarge, reshape, or push the chin forward. Chin implants are small contraptions that are molded to fit around the chin bone of the patient. These have different sizes and contours and are usually made of a silicone material. The doctor will evaluate which implant can produce the patient’s desired level of enhancement, and at the same time, it should provide natural-looking results. When the procedure is done by an expert cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Seah Tian Te, it would be hard to notice the difference between the look of a natural chin and one that has had a chin augmentation procedure.
  • Sliding genioplasty: The doctor will either move the chin bone forward to improve its projection or back, to shorten its appearance. A small saw is used to remove the chin bone away from the rest of the jaw. People with severe retrogenia (a condition where the chin is pushed too far back) and chins that are too long, or pushed too far forward are treated with this option.
  • Chin shaving: Excess chin bone is reduced through a shaving technique.
  • Injection of chin fat: In this procedure, the fat from one area of the patient’s body is injected in the chin to achieve a subtle enlargement effect.
  • Hyaluronic acid filler: Instead of body fat, a natural-occurring, biodegradable filler made with hyaluronic acid is injected into the patient’s chin to improve its size.

Now that we know the types of chin surgery, let’s go to the other, more pressing question: which one is best for me?

The answer depends on your goals and the results that you would like to achieve. There are surgical options for those who want permanent and dramatic results, while the non-surgical treatments are for patients who want subtle changes without going under the knife. Some patients also consider the recovery time when choosing a chin surgery procedure. Non-invasive options like fillers and fat injections require minimal downtime while surgical procedures like sliding genioplasty and chin implants need at least three weeks for recovery. Then there are the risks and possible complications. All surgical procedures have risks involved, so make sure that you discuss them with your doctor, too.

While we are on the topic of surgical procedures, note that it is common for doctors to recommend getting nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and eyelids surgery in combination with chin surgery. These facial augmentation procedures will further enhance the balance and harmony of the face.

Bottomline is, each patient is different and the only way to determine which works best for you is to have a thorough personal consultation with a surgeon. The surgeon will conduct a complete examination of your face, and this includes the skin and bone structure. An x-ray of your face, radiographic analysis, and a 3D simulation of the potential results may also be necessary to identify the proper procedure for you. All of these come at a cost, so make sure that you include that in the list of things that need to be considered before you choose.

TES Clinic – Dr Seah TE

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites

#05-42, Medical Specialists

Singapore 238863

+65 6737 0552

+65 9735 9930

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