Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in facial reshaping surgery. I want to change the shape of my face. I have a long and thin face which I do not like. I have attached pictures of model faces that I do like. I can not really tell what is different about them from mine. I just can’t point my finger on what it is or what I need for facial reshaping surgery.
A: Thank you for sending all of your own pictures for consideration for facial reshaping surgery and that of faces that you like. All of the faces you like the same differences from yours…their cheeks are much fuller and wider, the chin is vertically shorter and they have more pronounced jaw angles/width. Your face, attractive as it is (although not to you) is longer and thinner. Your ideal face is wider and shorter. To make your face more like your ideal the following three facial reshaping procedures would be needed. Cheek augmentation using implants to substantially widen and increase the apple cheek effect. Your chin could be made vertically shorter by an intraoral vertical reduction bony genioplasty. Thirdly, jaw angle implants would be needed to widen your jawline. The facial reshaping change you seek is… long and thin to shorter and wider.
Dr. Barry Eppley