Is Sliding Genioplasty An Option For My Weak Chin/Jawline?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is sliding genioplasty an option to improve jawline/chin structure? I don’t want to have more major jaw surgery, since I don’t have the ability to take that much downtime off work. Also, I have no bite problems and no sleep issues. If sliding genioplasty is an option, I would be interested to see how much it could potentially help. 

Thank you in advance!

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures, You are correct in that short of a major lower jaw advancement a sliding genioplasty would be the correct procedure not a chin implant. The chin bone needs to move as far forward as possible, maybe even being a jumping type of genioplasty to maximize the forward movement and avoiding adding any vertical length to the chin. This would have the same aesthetic effect as moving the lower jaw forward with the exception of the position of the lower lip and the depth of the labiomental fold. (which can only be improved by the lower jaw advancement since these are teeth-based positioned structures) I would also do liposuction of the neck to enhance the effect of the chin advancement.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana