How Can I Improve The Appearance Of My Nose And Chin?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like a straighter more refined nose and a stronger jawline. This may require a chin augmentation but I am not sure what I really need. I just want to look more refreshed and have a more attractive face. I have attached some pictures for you to see and give me your recommendations.

A:  Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I have taken a look at them and can give you the following thoughts.

Your chin deficiency is as much a vertical one as it is a horizontal one. This can not be treated by a traditional chin implant as they can only provide increased horizontal projection. Vertical increase is very important in your chin augmentation. Either a custom chin implant needs to be fabricated or a chin osteotomy needs to be done. Either approach can be successful and I have done many both ways. There are advantages and disadvantages to either approach and they can be discussed in detail further by phone or by Skype.

Your nose shows a lack of tip projection and definition. The nasal tip is rounded and more ball-like. I do not see the lack of straightness in your nose that you have indicated in your inquiry. This can be improved by an open rhinoplasty with the use of a columellar strut graft alar rim grafts and tip reshaping. 

I have attached some before and after computer imaging to show the potential changes of the nose and chin based on these approaches.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana