Can My Chin Be Reshaped At The Same Time As A Facelift?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 52 year-old female and am interested in reshaping my chin. I have always been bothered a bit by the squareness of my chin which is a bit unfeminine.with aging But now that I have developed some jowling, it makes my face look more square. I want to get my chin reshaped to a more narrow appearance and then have a facelift afterwards. How would this be done and how far apart should the chin reshaping and facelift be? I have attached some pictures and have done a ‘homemade’ facelift by pulling up on my skin so you can see the squareness of the chin better.

A: Thank you for sending your photos. Your homemade facelift shows the exact location of the squareness of your chin. Now that I know the location of bony excess, that would be best reduced by an intraoral approach given that it is fairly anterior. It would be reshaped by a saw technique, taking off the wings of the chin.  I have done an image showing its reduction result, more can be done but this is a good starting point for discussion. Given its very anterior location and away from the plane of dissection of a facelift, I see no reason why the two procedures could not be done at the same time. The distal tightening effect of the facelift would help any soft tissue slack/swelling that would occur from the chin ostectomy/reshaping.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana