Chin Implant vs Sliding Genioplasty – Which Is Best For Me?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I feel like I have a weak chin that makes my nose look out of proportion with my face. I was curious to know how i could fix this with a sliding genioplasty or with a chin implant. Also the amount of movement (if its sliding genioplasty) and the rough cost?

A: The key decision in whether a chin implant or a sliding genioplasty is preferred is based on the dimensional requirements needed for the desired chin augmentation effect and the patient’s emotional affinity for one vs the other. For men the key defining dimensional issue is often chin width. (and that is certainly true in your case as the horizontal need can be meet by both methods and you need no vertical lengthening) Does you want to keep the current chin width or make it wider or more square? Only a chin implant can make it wider/more square as a sliding genioplasty may even make it a bit more narrow.

As for the amount of horizontal augmentation that is determined by computer imaging as well as preoperative measurements which becomes most relevant when  a surgery date is planned.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana