How Risky Is A Sliding Genioplasty?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was wondering if you could answer a quick question for me: Is there a way to perform a sliding genioplasty without having to cut the mentalis muscles? Is it possible to use an extraoral incision under the chin (if the patient didn’t care about small scars) to reduce damage to the underlying muscles of the lips? I am tired of hiding my face but I don’t think I’m brave enough to risk damaging the nerves or musculature of my lower face. How risky is this procedure?

A: Whether you go from inside the mouth or from below the chin, the mentalis muscle has to be cut. Even in a chin implant the muscle has to be cut. In skilled hands, a sliding genioplasty is a very safe and effective procedure with no long-term muscle or lip issues. The key is not whether the muscle is cut but if the surgeon knows how to put it back together.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana