Can I eat normally after the operation?
If you are only having a genioplasty procedure, you should have little problem with eating. However, you will probably start with a soft diet and then gradually build up to normal food over a few days.
How long will I be in hospital?
This varies from person to person, but most patients are only in hospital overnight. The position of your chin will be checked with X-rays before you are allowed home.
Do I need to take any time off work?
This varies and depends on what kind of work you do. We recommend that you have around a week off work if you are just having a genioplasty. Remember you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for 48 hours after your general anaesthetic.
What are the possible problems?
There are potential complications with any operation. Fortunately, complications are rare with this procedure. However, it is important that you are aware of some of them and have the opportunity to discuss them with your surgeon. The following problems might happen:
- Bleeding – some oozing from the cuts inside your mouth on the night of operation is normal and to be expected. Significant bleeding is very unusual but should it occur it can usually be stopped by applying pressure over the area for at least 10 minutes with a rolled up handkerchief or swab.
- Numbness – your bottom lip will be numb and tingly after the operation, similar to the sensation after having an injection at the dentist. This numbness may take several months to disappear but in a small number of patients, it may last for ever.
- Infection – the small plates and screws that hold your jaw in its new position are usually left in place permanently. Occasionally they can become infected and will need to be removed. If this happens, it is not normally a problem until several months after your operation.
Will I need further appointments?
A review appointment will be arranged before you leave hospital to see both your
surgeon and orthodontist.