How Can I Give My Flat Face More Projection?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to create dimension to my face by making bony features more prominent. I would like to correct my flat midface, drooped nasal tip, recessed chin, flat cheeks and forehead, and create a more prominent bridge to my nose.  What procedures would you use and how would you make these changes?

A: To make those facial changes, I would perform forehead augmentation with PMMA, a rhinoplasty using either a synthetic implant or rib cartilage grafts, and cheek and chin implants. I have done a side imaging photo to illustrate what I believe you are after with this compilation of procedures, to pull your face out and provide projection to a face that is naturally flatter and more wide. The only thing that I couldn't properly illustrate in the imaging is the bridge of the projection that would be achieved. Your natural bridge is hidden behind the eye so its profile can not be pulled based on this one photo. Always remember that computer imaging is just a visual way to start the discussion about what changes one wants and how much they want those changes to be. All of these facial changes can be done in varying degrees. Finding the correct amounts when multiple facial areas is being done is the key to a successful result.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana