How Is Chin Cleft Reduction Done?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in chin cleft reduction. How is it done and what is the best method? What is the cost of chin cleft reduction? Is it done under local or general anesthesia?

A: A chin cleft reduction can be done by several method depending on the etiology of the problem. For many patients the external chin cleft is the result of a mentalis muscle (soft tissue) deficiency. This is treated by injectable fillers for a temporary effect or by fat injections in the hope of a more permanent result. In a few patients the external chin cleft is the result of an actual cleft in the mandibular symphysis. (chin bone) In these cases the bony chin cleft is filled in with the use of a small implant placed intraorally or from under the chin. Only a physical exam examination can make that distinction between a bony versus a soft tissue chin cleft.

Since there are different methods used for chin cleft reduction, it would first be important to determine the exact treatment method. From fat injection to the use of an implant, the costs could range from $2000 to $3500. The procedure is usually performed under a combined IV sedation and local anesthesia.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana