How to Treat a Receding Chin – Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions for a Weak Chin
A receding chin or retrogenia typically happens when your lower jaw is not aligned correctly with the upper jaw. Most of the time, a weak chin is simply a cosmetic issue. However, in some cases, it might indicate underlying health concerns or jaw problems.
Causes of Receding Chin
Before diving into the possible solutions, let’s have a look at the possible causes of the receding chin.
Some individuals are born with a severely receded chin, and this often falls into a number of craniofacial conditions. In some cases, children can grow out of it as they age. On the other hand, a pronounced overbite can lead to a weak chin and jawline. With the ongoing ageing process and bone resorption, your jawline becomes less pronounced and can start to recede.
If it is present from birth we call this condition congenital. It can even be dangerous if it begins to affect the ability to breathe or eat.
Childhood Disorders impacting the chin can include:
- Treacher Collins syndrome
- Pierre Robin Sequence (Pierre Robin syndrome)
- Down syndrome
In order to avoid malnutrition, it’s enough to adjust the child’s posture while they eat. While lying on their stomach, putting a pillow under their chest helps. Headgear can help correct the alignment of the jaw. In more serious cases such as Treacher Collins syndrome, surgery might be needed.
Surgical Solutions for Receding Chin
To correct the receding chin, you will most likely need surgery. Both implants and genioplasty involve reshaping and cutting of the lower jaw bone. Prior to opting for surgery, keep in mind that it is major surgery and can take you about six weeks or more to recover.
1. Chin Implants
Chin implants or chin augmentation, is a great option for retrogenia, a chin point that is under projected. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The surgeon will create an incision along the crease of the chin when the inside of your mouth meets your gum line. Post the incision, the surgeon will insert the implant and close up the stitches. The procedure is done under local and general anaesthesia.
This type of surgery is ideal for mild to moderate cases of the receding chin as your chin will look smaller than the rest of your facial features. There will be a small scar under the chin from the insertion of the implant. There is always a risk of infection and nerve damage. In some cases, patients might be allergic to implants which can create negative reactions.
2. Sliding Genioplasty
Sliding Genioplasty is a better option for severely receding chins and patients looking to not use a chin implant, but prefer to use their own bone. It will involve making a small cut inside the mouth at the base of the gum line which allows the surgeon access to the bone in the chin. This allows the surgeon to bring your bone forward. They will use a small metal plate to reposition your bone in place.
A Sliding genioplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and has the advantage that there is no scar on the outside, as it is usually hidden in the mouth on the gum line.
3. Jaw Surgery
In some cases, jaw surgery might be done along with the chin surgery or separately. This option is mostly done when your receding chin is linked with specific health concerns such as sleep apnoea, difficulty swallowing, speech impediment, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ, TMD), difficulty chewing, and trouble closing the lips or jaw, difficulty breathing.
You might need to undergo upper jaw surgery, lower jaw surgery or a combination of both. The procedures require the surgeon to separate the jaw, move it, and fasten it as it heals.
Other Non-Surgical Treatment Options for a Receding Chin – Using Injectable Fillers
Fillers – such as Hyaluronic acid- that are used for lips, can be used to augment the chin and increase projection. The results are limited though and it is a procedure that works in patients who need minimal augmentation. Dermal fillers will leave you with no scarring and lead to a shorter recovery time than sliding genioplasty and implant surgeries.
The choice of treatment depends on the type of receding chin. You will see different websites advertise exercises and over-the-counter remedies for a receding chin but they typically won’t work. If the cause of your receding chin is linked to orthodontic issues like an open bite or overbite, you may be able to treat it with dental retainer or braces.
Your orthodontist will have to figure out whether the issue is dental or not, originating in your teeth, or whether it’s skeletal, originating in your bones. If the issue is dental, it can be fixed with orthodontics. Skeletal issues will require a combination of orthodontics combination with surgery.
Recovery after Chin Surgery
Multiple factors influence the recovery time such as the type of procedure, the extent of surgical changes, how quickly will your body heal, and potential complications. Post the implant procedure, you will be able to return back to work within 7 days.
The chin will be healed within a few weeks of the procedure. Complete recovery occurs when there aren’t any signs associated with residual swelling that can last for 3 months. People who have undergone sliding genioplasty or implant surgeries must attend regular follow-up appointments so the surgeon can monitor healing and address complications. Read more about Recovery after Chin Surgery.
Potential Risks and Complications of Receding Chin Surgery
Both sliding genioplasty and chin implantation procedures are safe and effective for enhancing the chin’s appearance. However, all surgical procedures carry some risk of complications and side effects. Genioplasty procedures can lead to temporary side effects, such as redness, bruising, tenderness, pain, swelling, loss of sensation, and numbness.
Other serious complications of genioplasty can include infection, damage to nerves, tooth roots, allergic reaction to filler or implant material, and changes in implant position.
Benefits of Receding Chin Treatments
Genioplasty procedures completely change the appearance of a receding and a misaligned chin. The shape and size of the chin play a very important role in balancing out the other facial features and contribute to overall facial harmony.
FAQ about Receding Chin Surgery
Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding the receding chin and its possible solutions:
What causes a recessed chin?
- There are many causes of the receding or recessed chin. In some cases, it comes as a natural part of the ageing process. With age, some people naturally lose a bit of bone and soft tissue around the jaw area which contributes to receding skin. For some people, a receding chin comes as a part of genetics. If you have pronounced overbite, it can also lead to a recessed chin. A recessed chin can also come as a side effect of a congenital condition.
How do you fix a receding chin?
- There are many ways to correct a receding chin. The most common treatment options include chin implant, sliding genioplasty and jaw surgery. Dermal fillers may also help but are temporary.
Can you train your jaw to come forward?
- The surgery used to correct a severe malocclusion from a misaligned jaw is called orthognathic surgery. This includes procedures to move the upper jaw or maxilla forward, backward, or even to widen it. It also includes procedures to move the lower jaw or mandible rotationally to correct asymmetry, forward or backward.
How do you stop a receding jaw?
- Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to stop a receding jaw. To correct it, you will usually need to get surgery. Chin implants and sliding genioplasty can help with the receding jaw as it involves cutting and reshaping your lower jaw bone. Keep in mind that it is an invasive procedure and you will need at least six weeks off from work.
How can I increase my chin size naturally?
- Unfortunately, there isn’t anything you can do to fix the chin size naturally. A lot of people on the internet claim that receding chin exercises help, but there is little to no evidence of that.
How much does a receding chin surgery cost?
- The cost of the receding chin surgery can vary based on the type of procedure, surgeon, geographical location, and experience and expertise of the surgeon. Phone the team for an estimate.
How can I fix my jawline without surgery?
- Based on what needs to be fixed to get your jawline in shape, there are certain options you can look into; dermal fillers to the jawline, neurotoxin to the masseter muscles, kybella injections to minimise the neck and chin fat, surgical threads to tighten loose skin, neck liposuction, and radiofrequency energy. Please note that these procedures don’t work if your jaw is misaligned and can only be fixed with receding chin surgery or jaw surgery. Check out the Ideal Female Jawline.
Does the chin keep growing?
- Some boys only grow until about 16 years of age; others grow until they are in their early 20s. Girls usually stop growing about two years after their first menstrual period begins. Once you stop growing, your chin will stop growing, too.
Can mewing fix receding chin?
- Mewing is a technique that proponents claim can reshape the jaw over time. Mewing involves placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth, which supposedly will reshape the jaw over time. There is currently no scientific evidence that this works and most patients will end up getting surgery to achieve the desired results.
Can braces fix a receding chin?
- If your receding chin is linked to orthodontic issues, such as an open bite or overbite, braces might be able to fix it. However, it is not always the case and you might need the help of cosmetic surgery.
What celebrities have a receding chin?
- Adriana Lima, Marilyn Monroe, Draya Michelle, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump are a few of the celebrities that started their career with a receding chin. However, they were later believed to have had chin surgery.
Further Reading about Receding Chin Surgery
- Read Dr Hunt’s Chin Surgery page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Chin Augmentation Surgery page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Chin Reduction Surgery page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Patient Chin Surgery Before and After Photos
Medical References about a Receding Chin
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