Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a large chin button and excess soft tissue padding as well. My oral surgeon plans to slid the chin button (sliding genioplasty) during a jaw surgery but can you reduce the soft tissue afterward? Does this sound reasonable?
A: In interpreting your question, I assume you are having a sliding genioplasty done with a sagittal split mandibular advancement osteotomies. Having a large chin button implies that there is a bony knob on the end of the chin. Onto which you are saying there is a large soft tissue chin pad on top of this chin button. Your question then implies there may be an excessive soft tissue prominence of the chin after the sliding genioplasty is done and whether this can be reduced secondarily. While I would think it can that is a statement made without any knowledge of what your chin looks like or what the lateral cephalometric x-ray shows before the surgery. (how thick does the soft tissue chin pad appear) While this would be an unusual sequence of chin procedures (sliding genioplasty followed by secondary soft tissue chin reduction), for now let us assume it is appropriate to be done.
Dr. Barry Eppley