Are There Any Less Invasive Treatments For Dynamic Chin Ptosis?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had a couple questions that I wanted to ask. I am getting extremely nervous about surgery. I think this is because I’m not completely sure of what to expect with recovery and the final result. My biggest concern is that I do not want people to be able to tell that a dramatic change had been made to my face. Especially considering I’m only bothered with my profile while smiling. Although the issue with the sagging when smiling destroys my self confidence. As far as swelling, I am curious as to just how big my chin will look because i’m nervous about how I will react afterwards. Before committing I wanted to ask if there have been ANY less invasive treatments for a case like mine that have made a positive difference? Thanks in advance.

A: I am not aware of any non-surgical treatments that can improve dynamic chin ptosis. I don’t think submental tucks really create any significant change in one’s appearance long term. You are probably thinking about the procedure exactly opposite of how I think about it. You are worried that the procedure may do too much…while I am always worried about whether the procedure does enough.

But always remember…this is purely elective surgery. As I would advise any patient, when in doubt don’t do it. It has to be a surgery that the patient has 100% confidence in doing. Elective surgery results are highly influenced by the patient’s preconceived notions of it. This is why one should never have a procedure if which they do not have  high confidence in.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana