Can I Get Soft Tissue Chin Pad Reduction Without Touching The Bone?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in chin reduction of soft tissue chin pad with no bone removal? I was wondering if I could get a chin reduction of the soft tissue chin pad only with no bone removal…my bone is fine. I just have a lot of chin pad..looks like a ball on the end of my chin…I hate my profile and I will never take pics because of this…Thanks so much!

A: In ‘fleshy’ chins reduction of the soft tissue chin pad is the definitive treatment and is the only method to reduce the chin prominence. In some patients no chin bone needs to be removed if the soft tissue chin pad is loose enough. In other cases a little bone is removed to allow the reduced soft tissue chin pad to close properly without undue tension on the incisional closure. That is an intraoperative judgment but the role of bone removal, if needed, is to allow more chin pad to be excised.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana