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Department of Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Chin Surgery

The Surgery

An incision is made either in the natural crease line just under the chin or inside the mouth, where the gum and lower lip meet. By gently stretching this tissue, a space is created where an implanted can be inserted. This implant made of synthetic material that feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin, is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. This allows custom fitting of the implant to the configurations of the patient’s face. After implantation, fine sutures are used to close the incision. When the incision is inside the mouth, no scarring is visible. If the incision is under the chin, the scar is usually imperceptible.

In chin reduction surgery, incisions are made either in the mouth or under the chin. The bone is sculpt to a more pleasing size. For orthognathic surgery, an incision is made inside the mouth and the facial bones are repositioned. The procedure, depending on the extent of the work, takes from less than an hour to approximately three hours.

Post Surgery

Immediately after surgery, the surgeon usually applies a dressing that will remain in place for two to three days. You will experience some tenderness. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medications. Chewing will probably be limited immediately after chin surgery, a liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days after surgery. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the surgery, but this usually subsides in a week.

Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve genetic deformity or traumatic injury may be reimbursable in whole or in part.

Jonathan Sykes, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at UC Davis Health System and is a nationally recognized educator and leader in minimally invasive esthetic and laser surgery. He has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures, is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has published over 100 articles. He believes that the goal of esthetic surgery is to create balanced proportion of all facial features. Surgery should provide improvement without an operated look.

Travis Tollefson, M.D., F.A.C.S.  is a board certified surgeon, who along with Jonathan Sykes enjoys traveling with surgical teams that perform reconstructive surgery for underprivileged children in foreign countries. Both surgeons specialize in facial rejuvenation including nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty), browlifts, facelifts, eyelid rejuvenation, laser surgery, and hair restoration. They are proud to offer the latest non-surgical procedures including Botox and Restylane and a superb team of skin-care specialists trained to help patients heal quickly from surgery

Location:

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mailing address:

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Cleft Lip/Palate:

(916) 734-2452

Audiology & Speech Appointments:

(916) 734-5400

Facial Plastic Surgery Appointments:

(916) 734-2347

Dental Appointments:

(916) 734-5429

Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-5400