Q: Dr. Eppley. I am interested in getting the large dimple removed from my chin. I am not sure where to turn to since it seems very few plastic surgeons perform this procedure. Please send me information in regards to how this surgery is done, how successful it is, and the possible cost. Thank you!
A: Thank you for your chin surgery inquiry. Chin dimple reduction/removal is usually done by an incision inside the mouth. (behind the lower lip) The key to a successful chin dimple reduction (sometimes a complete removal) is that you have to fill the muscular defect/indentation with some type of graft. This could be allogeneic dermis (off the shelf) or fat or dermal-fat grafts from the patient. In some cases, releasing the dimple and sewing the muscle together may suffice. This is done under local anesthesia or IV sedation as an outpatient procedure. Dissolveable sutures are used inside the mouth. There are no restrictions in eating or physical activity after surgery. Some mild swelling is to be expected but this will be gone in a few weeks.
The cost of chin dimple surgery is around $2500.
Dr. Barry Eppley