Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty) by Dr Shahriyar Yahyavi

Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty) by Dr Shahriyar Yahyavi

Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi

Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi
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Brief Info about Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi


Dr. Shahriyar Yahyavi is a well-known Iranian E.N.T. surgeon with 17 years of experience in otolaryngology and facial cosmetic surgeries. He has been a member of a medical research team in different hospitals. One of a kind in his field, he now performs surgeries on many international candidates and patients from across the world like Canada, Romania, U.S.A., India, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom, and many other countries.
He was born in 1970 in Tehran. Graduated from "Iran University of Medical Sciences" as an M.D., he then served the military service in the hospital of the police force. After two years of service, he continued his further studies in Otolaryngology. In 2002 he finished his residency program. He got his degree as an Otolaryngologist, ranking first among his peers in the graduation. He has been active since 2002 in facial and nose cosmetic surgeries, nose and sinus endoscopic surgeries, breathing disorders, head, and neck tumors.

How this Procedure is Done

What is Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)?

Genioplasty is a kind of surgery performed on the chin. Both plastic surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons (experts who work on the mouth and jaw) can carry out this operation. Majority of people choose to have it for enhancing their appearance not because of a health-related problem. Thus, it is not mostly covered by insurance.

Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty) in Iran

During the last decade, Iran has become one of the most popular medical destinations in the world. Citizens of other countries prefer traveling to Iran to achieve their desired results. Up to 200,000 plastic operations are performed successfully in Iran every year.

By the way, chin augmentation is a fairly complex surgery that should be conducted by experienced surgeons with extensive knowledge. Before undergoing this operation, you should consult with a specialist to help you make a rational decision. In this case, you will have the opportunity to express your expectations and goals as well. To go through this critical stage, you must look for an expert who understands your concerns and can propose a satisfactory solution. You can make sure that Iranian experts will inform you of the whole process and determine the technique which best suits your needs. They are well-known and the procedure results are satisfactory all the time because they have extensive knowledge and invaluable experience specially in this field.

In addition, if you decide to have these surgeries in Iran’s modern clinics, you will be offered the most specialized services with a low cost. Therefore, you can save a considerable amount of money while traveling to this beautiful country for improving your appearance.

Types of genioplasty

Chin augmentation has two common types: sliding genioplasty and chin implants.

Sliding genioplasty: In this operation, surgeons cut the chin bone away and move it to improve the chin shape. This kind of genioplasty is highly recommended for individuals whose chin is too far back in relation to the rest of their face. It can also correct chins that are too long or too forward.

Chin implants: They are commonly used to reshape, enlarge, or push forward the chin. Implants can be placed inside the chin either via surgery or injection. They are usually available in various shapes and sizes. Your surgeon will choose the best one to balance your facial features.


Who Can Benefit From Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)?

Chin augmentation is an effective solution for individuals who:

  • Are in good overall health without serious health-related issues
  • Have realistic expectations and goals from the operation
  • Have an abnormally large or long chin
  • Are at least twenty years old since for obtaining favorable results, their chin should have reached developmental maturity


It’s significant to note that chin augmentation is not carried out at all for those who are not physically mature yet or suffer from periodontal disease.


Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty) Procedure

This surgery which takes roughly about one to three hours is usually performed in a hospital or an office operating room. Many doctors prefer general anesthesia for their patients.

Sliding genioplasty surgery: In the very beginning, your doctor pulls down your lower lip and cuts on the gum of the lower lip below your bottom teeth to separate the soft tissue from the chin bone. Your surgeon will then use a saw to cut a small vertical line in the chin for reference. In this case, the bone will stay straight when it’s moved forward or backward. Next, the doctor makes a horizontal cut along the chin bone. If you want your chin to move backward or become smaller, a wedge of bone will be cut as well. However, for making your chin move forward, surgeons will create a “step” in the bone which will be more noticeable in women compared to men because of lack of facial hair. If you intend to have a longer chin, the procedure will be different. Surgeons will reattach the bone with a gap between the rest of the jaw and the chin. Bone will grow back as time passes and fills this gap. At the end, the incision will be closed by some sutures. Your surgeon puts compression tape on your chin to protect the area.


Chin implant surgery: In this procedure, your surgeon will either cut inside your mouth or under your chin. Before the operation, your doctor will have sculpted the implant to the right size and shape so it’s ready to be inserted. When the material is implanted, the doctor closes the incision using several stitches.

If you desire to have a nonsurgical implant, dermal fillers or some of your own fat will be injected to your chin.

In some cases, genioplasty might be carried out along with other surgeries such as liposuction of the neck, rhinoplasty, a neck lift or laser skin resurfacing to help you achieve your favorable results.


Chin Augmentation Recovery

Most patients will have to stay in hospital for one night after the operation. Your surgeon will instruct you to take some oral antibiotics for two days. After four to five days, wound dressings and compression tape can be removed. Then, you can do your daily routine activities and go back to work. Fortunately, oral stitches are absorbable. Therefore, you won’t have to go to hospital again to get them removed. Swelling, redness, and bruising are probable complications which will fade away after a couple of weeks. In addition, they can be easily controlled with pain medication or cold compresses. You can begin eating normally as soon as you feel ready. A liquid or soft-food diet is mostly recommended after the operation. You must rinse your mouth with water following every meal. Exercising is also forbidden for at least ten days. It’s important to note that even if you have surgical implants placed in your chin, you still need to follow the instructions carefully since the tissue needs time to adhere to the implant.


Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty) Results

As swelling fades away, you can see the result of your operation and enjoy your new appearance. Sometimes, it can take about three to six months for the final results of chin augmentation to become fully apparent. Moreover, you need to be patient since the initial part of healing process may include discoloration, numbness or discomfort as well. In some cases, bruising might take several months to disappear depending on your body condition. Moreover, facial movements may be restricted for a while.

Luckily, the final results of chin augmentation and surgical implants are long-lasting. Nevertheless, a significant point must be indicated. Despite the fact that all patients expect to achieve their desirable results from the surgery, there is no guarantee. In some situations, a single procedure cannot help you meet your needs and other operations might be necessary.


When the healing process is completed, a chin implant will remain in position. However, in the early weeks after the operation, it may move a little. In this case, you will have to undergo another operation so that your doctor can put it back into position.

The chin can set up balances in the face and neck. Individuals with weak chins do not look healthy, fit, and attractive. A strong chin can boost your self-confidence by improving your appearance. 

Majority of patients are satisfied with their chin implant and do not want it to be removed. Nevertheless, there are some individuals who may not have needed such implants at all. Therefore, they might ask their doctor to remove them after a while. Removing a chin implant is a short process which will be completed without any problem. 

Yes. While some of them wrap widely around the jaw bone, others may be narrow and only project at the very front. They can be either tall or thin, augmenting only along a narrow area. In addition, they can have a pointy shape or a square shape.

There are some different types of alloplastics used for implants, namely silicone, teflon, and medpore which is newer and more popular compared to the other ones because it has “pores” in the plastic. These “pores” allow for the tissue to adhere to the implant rather than around it. 

Before performing this operation, a professional medical team will talk to you about the medications you take. In some situations, you may have to stop some of them for a week prior to surgery. Most vitamins and herbal supplements have some side effects; they may cause bleeding during the operation. Your doctor will provide you with a list of medications that must be avoided before and after the surgery.

Before the surgery, your doctor will use 3D imaging software to ensure that the roots of your lower teeth or mental nerve will not be damaged through the procedure. Afterwards, the best course of action will be determined considering your overall condition and goals.

There are various ways to perform this surgery:
• Advancement, or moving the chin forward
• Pushback, or moving the chin backward
• Side-to-side, which can help with asymmetrical chins
• Vertical changes, such as making the chin longer or shorter


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