Chin Reduction for Long and Wide Chin

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a abnormal chin … it’s long and wide I would love to completely shave it cause I hate my chin…. if I could have no chin it would have been better… that’s how much I hate it… I been bullied because of my chin and now I’m ready to do something about it.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. You have a vertically long and wide bony chin. There are different methods for reducing large chins but one method is an intraoral osteotomy method to remove a wedge of bone to vertically shorten the chin as well as narrow it. The bone would also have to be removed behind it to maintain a more normal mandibular plane angle. Your submental fullness would also need to be treated by liposuction as that will look fuller as the chin becomes smaller. The other treatment approach is to do the entire bony chin reduction from an incision below the chin. Each of these two chin reduction methods as their advantages and disadvantages. 

In addition, chin reduction is very challenging to perform due to the bony and soft tissues excesses that exist. Most patient will need a secondary touchup or revision to get the best result possible.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana