Asian Facial Reshaping

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was wondering which procedures you think could help my face become more photogenic? Some info about me/things that I’ve noticed: half asian, 5’7, 150 pounds, I’ve noticed that I have somewhat of a “flat nose” or middle section of my face but it’s only noticeable in certain lightings, something about my jaw maybe it’s too wide or could be my chin, and slightly puffy eye lids. Also, could losing a little weight help reduce my droopy/chubby lower jaw area? Or is this more of a bone structure issue that jaw surgery could correct? I also dislike the way my face looks when I smile, not sure what type of procedure could help to balance my face when I smile. Thanks for your time.

A: While beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, I can make the following  asian facial reshaping suggestions. An augmentation rhinoplasty, buccal lipectomies with perioral liposuction and bony jaw angle/masseter muscle reductions would have the greatest slimming effect in your face. (I would also defat your upper eyelid and make the upper eyelid crease more apparent…but I can’t computer image that type of change) This is not an issue with your jaw relationship or any orthognathic surgery needs. These procedures combined with 10 to 15 lb weight loss would maximize this type of facial change.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana