How Can My Round Face Be Made More Defined Looking?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a very weak jawline and some fullness to my cheeks and face. My face is sort of round and not very distinct. I went to one plastic surgeon and he said that a chin implant would change  my facial shape. But I have read that many chin implants also have liposuction under the chin as well. This seems to make sense to me but I still don’t see how that will improve my chubby cheeks. What would be your recommendations? I have attached some pictures of me from the side.

 A: I think there is no question that you have a short chin and a rounder fuller face. A chin implant will definitely over good improvement of your profile. But to really ‘deround’ a fuller face it is going to take other adjustments. These would include some fat removal as well. Liposuction under the chin would also be a definite plus and, with the chin implant, can dramatically change the jawline. But the cheek area needs thinning by a partial buccal lipectomy with perioral liposuction. Buccal fat removal only affects the upper cheek area below the cheek bone. Perioral liposuction is needed to remove fat from the lower cheek area at the level of the corners of the mouth. The combination of chin augmentation and fat removal from the neck and cheeks can very effectively make a round face have a much more defined shape.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana