Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS),
Chin Shaving and Chin Implants
Facial feminization surgery can change chin shape through either shaving
or implants. Chin shape varies widely between males and females, so it is
extremely important in gender recognition. The male chin is wider and higher.
The female chin tends to be more narrow, pointed and shorter.
Facial feminization surgery can modify the chin to improve facial appearance
and feminize the lower face. This facial feminization surgery may require
a small implant, extensive bone cuts or repositioning.
Chin Shaving and Implant Procedures
- Chin Shaving
- This facial feminization surgery procedure is called a “sliding
genioplasty.” The chin is cut from front to back, separating
a horseshoe-shape of bone. This piece can be moved forward or
backward to correct a receding or protruding chin. Another section
of bone can be completely removed making the chin shorter. The
cut angle affects the final height of the chin.
- Chin Implants or Bone-Filler Paste
- This facial feminization surgery of the chin uses a paste to
correct a receding chin. The incision is made in the lower gums.
Chin Shaving and Implant Recovery
- With an implant, recovery time may be two or three days.
- Extensive bone procedures may require four to five weeks to heal.
- Patients can usually return to usual activity, except for heavy
exercise, within five to six days of surgery.
- Tape may be placed to help hold the implant in the proper position
for several days.