How Can I Make My Long Chin Shorter?
Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi! I’ve been considering a chin reduction surgery for quite a few years now, but not sure what would work for me. I currently have a fairly defined chin, with a good shape EXCEPT for the vertical length. I used to have a very slight underbite as a child, but it was corrected early on so my bite is fairly normal however my chin is still a bit too long.
Im wondering if theres anything that could be done in my case to remove some of the vertical length. Im curious about how the procedure works, because in my mind, if you burrow down some of the bone, there should be an excess amount of loose skin that has been stretched to wrap around the original length of the chin?
Very happy to hear if any procedure could help me, what results i could expect, and how it would work.
A: The correct procedure in your case would be an intraoral vertical wedge reduction bony genioplasty. This technique which avoids the loose skin issue as the soft tissues remain attached to the inferior border of the chin and follows it up superiorly as the chin is vertically shortened.
Dr. Barry Eppley
World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon