Should I Get A Chin Implant or a Sliding Genioplasty?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have been considering a sliding genioplasty or a chin implant recently. I have a decently prominent labiomental fold which worries me for either procedure. I am already happy with the vertical length of my chin and am really only looking to get a horizontal lengthening to bring my chin forward. Would you recommend either procedure and how could the further deepening of the labiomental fold be prevented?

Thanks in advance for your expertise!

A:When it comes to a limited one-dimensional chin augmentation change (horizontal advancement of 5 to 7mms) either a chin implant or a sliding genioplasty can be equally effective. The decision between the two thus becomes a matter of personal choice.

Regardless of whether a chin implant or a sliding genioplasty is done the labiomental fold is going to deepen, this is anatomically unavoidable. The only surgical treatment to try and mitigate that effect is fat injections.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon