Sliding Genioplasty

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am dissatisfied with my facial profile and wonder if a sliding genioplasty would help. I feel my jaw is vertically too long, yet I can’t exactly put my finger on it. My maxilla/jaw just doesn’t match up. PIctures irritate me the most, because its so evident. Id like to achieve a better look, maybe with a sliding genioplasty and fat injections to the cheeksTake a look…. and thank you very much sir. You are by far the best Ive researched in this area. You surely are the right plastic surgeon for me.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. Regardless of your current state  of your occlusion (which are not going to be furthered modified by orthodontics), your maxillomandibular relationship shows a very mild mandibular retrusion and vertical elogation of the chin. There is also submental fullness below the jawline. A sliding genioplasty to bring the chin slightly forward  (3 to 4mms) as well as vertically shorten it (5mms) combined with submental/neck liposuction would make the desired improvement in your profile. Fat Injections to the cheeks would help add some cheek highlights for otherwise flatter cheeks. Another consideration would be to transpose your buccal fat pads as ‘cheek implants’. That would create a better cheek contour result by increasing malar projection while decreasing submalar fullness.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana