Am I A Good Candidate For A Chin Implant Or A Sliding Genioplasty?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am curious if I would be a good candidate for a chin implant or sliding genioplasty to improve my looks, especially my side profile.
I am in my early 20s, physically fit, and not at all overweight. It may be in my head, but I also feel that my side profile seems to be slightly worse from the right side. I’m not sure if you see this or might have insight as to why?
I have been insecure with my side profile for as long as I can remember, and I think I have mostly isolated the problem down to my chin. I would really appreciate your opinion on what throws my facial harmony off.
I would also appreciate if you could give any estimates for pricing of possible procedures. I am a college student, but this issue destroys my self esteem so I am willing to finance within reason. I do not want to go with a subpar surgeon and have done a fair amount of research and am really impressed with your work.
A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I have attached an image prediction from the side view which demonstrates the type of change that would occur in about the 8 to 10mm range of chin augmentation. Both a chin implant and a siding genioplasty can achieve the identical side profile changes. The differences between them lies in the changes they make from the front view (an implant can make it wider or more square whereas a sliding genioplasty either keeps it the same width or makes it slightly more narrow, the cost between the two and how one feels about an implant or whether one prefers moving their own bone.
The reason your side profile looks different between the two sides is that you have natural chin asymmetry which can be seen in the front view. (the right side is a bit more pronounced than the left side)
Dr. Barry Eppley