Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a woman that has a very square chin with a cleft in the middle. What can I do to make my chin more feminine looking?
A: A bony chin reshaping procedure is needed to both narrow the chin and eliminate the vertical cleft. This is done by filling in the cleft of the bone in the middle of the chin, repairing the overlying split muscle and shaving down the lateral tubercles (sides) of the chin. This would give your chin a more narrow shape without losing projection and get rid of the vertical cleft as well. This is a procedure that is done from the inside of the mouth, although it could be done from a external submental approach as well. Feminizing the chin is a common procedure in facial feminization surgery but is also occasionally requested by a woman who simply has too strong of a chin as well.
Dr. Barry Eppley