Chin reduction

Chin reduction is a type of procedure that reduces the size of the chin by shaving down the bone through an incision made in the lower gums.

Chin reduction surgery begins with the surgeon making an incision inside the mouth (near the lower lip) or under the chin. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon detaches the bone at the tip of the chin and then reshapes and removes the excess bone to properly proportion the contour. The tip is then repositioned with the remaining section of the chin and held together using wires and plates. The incisions are sutured to complete the procedure.


Risks and complications

All surgeries have inherent risks. With chin reduction surgery, the patient may experience swelling for several weeks or months while the bone heals. Infection is a less common risk to weigh when considering chin plastic surgery. Another potential side effect to consider following chin reduction surgery is small nerve damage. If small nerve damage occurs, this can cause the patient to experience numbness in the lower lip and chin. Additionally, complications can arise from adverse reactions to anesthesia, which can affect a patient’s respiratory system.

Care after surgery

In cases where the incision was made inside the mouth, regularly use antiseptic mouthwash during the first week to keep the wound clean. If incision is located underneath the chin, clean the external wound twice each day after being released from hospital. Keep wound dry for 2-3 days. Liquid diet such as soups, shakes, etc. for first few days. Eat soft food for 7-10 days.

Preparation prior to surgery


Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.


Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.


Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.


You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.


Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.