Chin Shaving & Reduction Surgery Sydney

Chin reduction and reshaping surgery, known as genioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure intended to improve the proportions of the chin with the rest of the face. This procedure is designed for individuals who perceive their chin as overly pronounced, disproportionate, or out of balance.

Chin Shaving & Reduction Surgery Sydney

Chin reduction and reshaping surgery, often known as genioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure intended to improve the proportions of the chin with the rest of the face. This procedure is designed for individuals who perceive their chin as overly pronounced, disproportionate, or out of harmony with their other facial features.

The procedure involves careful reduction and reshaping of the chin bone to create a more balanced facial profile. This might entail shaving or removing a portion of the chin bone, adjusting its position, or even modifying the underlying structures to achieve the desired outcome. The complexity of the procedure will depend on the individual’s anatomy and the extent of changes needed.

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How can chin shaving and reduction surgery modify facial structure?

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.

If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.

Addressing Prominent Chins: Chin shaving and reduction surgery can potentially reduce the size of a prominent or protruding chin.
Improving Facial Proportions: The procedure can potentially improve overall facial proportions by bringing the chin into balance with other facial features.
Correction of Chin Asymmetry: In cases where the chin is asymmetric, the surgery can help achieve a more symmetrical appearance.
Enhancing Profile: This surgery can potentially improve the side profile by reducing a prominent chin.
Addressing Aging Effects: The surgery can potentially improve the appearance of the chin area affected by aging.
Post-Trauma Restoration: In cases of injury or trauma to the chin, this surgery can potentially help restore the chin's shape and appearance.
Congenital Conditions: Chin shaving and reduction surgery can potentially correct congenital conditions affecting the chin's appearance.
Enhancing Aesthetics: By modifying the size and shape of the chin, this surgery may contribute to an improved facial aesthetic.

What to expect


The initial step in the chin shaving and reduction surgery process is a detailed consultation with our experienced surgeon. During this session, your aesthetic goals, medical history, and current chin structure will be evaluated. The surgeon will assess your chin’s size, symmetry, and harmony with other facial features. This consultation is a valuable opportunity for you to express any concerns or ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

Number and type of consultation

It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When consent can be given

A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).

Cooling-off Period

There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. 


Once the surgical plan has been mutually agreed upon, you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your chin shaving or reduction surgery. These may include dietary guidelines, advice on smoking and alcohol consumption, specific instructions about medications or supplements, and skincare recommendations.


Chin shaving or reduction surgery typically takes one to two hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves making an incision inside the mouth or under the chin. The surgeon then uses specialized tools to carefully reshape the chin bone to the desired size and contour. The incision is then closed with sutures.


After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a short period. Most patients can go home the same day, though an overnight hospital stay may occasionally be recommended. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are normal but will begin to improve after a few days.

Most patients feel ready to return to non-strenuous daily activities within a week, while more vigorous activities should be avoided for about two weeks. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery.

The final results of your chin shaving or reduction surgery will be noticeable within a few weeks once the swelling has completely subsided, but the full effect may not be apparent for several months as the chin continues to heal and settle into its new shape.

Surgery Time
1 to 1.5 hours
Hospital Time
Day stay with an option for overnight
Time off work
1 to 2 weeks
Cast Removal
Facial mask to be worn for 1 to 2 weeks
Can shower next day, however incisions must stay dry
4 to 6 weeks
24 hours after general anaesthetic and not while taking prescribed pain relief. We also recommend checking with your CTA insurer as to the post surgery exclusion period.
After 7 days for national and 4 weeks for international
Full Recovery
6 to 12 months for final results

Considerations Before Cosmetic Surgery

While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.

In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.

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General risks and complications of surgery include:

Substantial Hemorrhage: This involves severe blood loss from the area that underwent surgery, which may necessitate additional medical interventions.
Susceptibility to Infection: Post-surgery, the risk of infection can rise, potentially requiring either antibiotic treatment or subsequent surgical interventions.
Allergic Responses: Patients may exhibit allergic reactions to medical materials such as sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used during and after the procedure.
Hematoma Formation: This involves the development of a sizable clot of blood beneath the incision site, which may necessitate medical drainage.
Post-Surgical Discomfort: Patients may experience pain, bruising, and swelling in the area surrounding the surgical site.
Scar Development: There's a risk of developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are elevated, red, and thickened scars over the healed incisions. Though they can be bothersome and aesthetically displeasing, they don't pose a direct health threat.
Delayed Healing Process: Healing can be sluggish, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or those who smoke.
Anaesthesia Risks: Patients may experience short-term nausea following general anaesthesia, along with other potential risks associated with anaesthesia.

Chin shaving & reduction risks and complications include:

Altered Sensation: Chin shaving and reduction surgery could lead to temporary or permanent changes in sensation in the lower face, including numbness or tingling.
Asymmetry: Despite the surgeon's precision, there's a risk that the surgery may result in an asymmetrical appearance of the chin.
Dissatisfaction with Cosmetic Outcome: The aesthetic results of the surgery may not meet the patient's expectations, potentially requiring further corrective procedures.
Bone Regrowth: In some rare cases, the bone that was reduced during surgery may regrow, which could affect the long-term results of the surgery.
Jaw Function Changes: Changes to the chin bone structure may affect jaw function, potentially causing difficulty with speaking, chewing, or swallowing.
Unforeseen Bone Weakness: There's a small risk of bone weakness after chin reduction, which may lead to instability or shifting of the remaining bone.
Skin Sagging: Chin reduction can sometimes lead to unexpected skin sagging, which could require further surgical intervention.
Prolonged Swelling: Postoperative swelling usually subsides over time, but in some cases, it may persist longer than expected, affecting the final aesthetic outcome.

How Much Does Chin Shaving & Reduction Cost?

Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.

Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.


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