Are My Cheekbones Too Large Or My Chin Too Small?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am Mexican-American and have large cheekbones. Would you do me the honor to address my affliction. Malarplasty and chin implant are my considerations. I have attached pictures in which I did not shave to accentuate jawline and chin. Hope I didn’t goof. Thank you very much for your time.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures…and you did just fine. In looking at them, the problem with your chin is that it is vertically short as the predominant issue with only a mild horizontal deficiency. I think when the chin/front part of the lower jaw is expanded by an extended vertical chin implant, it makes the more prominent cheek bones less signficant. Your cheek bones to me only seem large because the bottom 1/3 of your face is short. I have attached some predictive imaging illustrating what happens when the chin is vertically lengthened.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana