What Can Be Done To Make My Face More Feminine?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in facial reshaping. I’d like to get a more feminine face. I would like to reshape my heavy jawline and brow, correct the weak chin, do liposuction under chin and I would also like to correct any small asymmetries that would improve the appearance of my face. I have attached a front and side for your assessment of what can be done.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. In looking at our face what is most striking are two things. First, you have a very strong facial structure as seen in your prominent brow bones and cheekbones. This upper part of your craniofacial skeleton is also broad as reflected in the wide base of your nose and its wide tip. Secondly, and in contrast, your lower jaw (mandible) is actually short both in the horizontal and vertical dimensions. This gives you the impression that your jawline is heavy, when in fact, it is really short which makes it wider than it is tall. 

I have done some computer imaging projections based on what I think would make the most significant changes towards a more feminine face. These include brow bone reduction, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation. (both horizontally and vertically) One of the key components of this approach is that your lower face (jaw) needs to be vertically lengthened to change the shape of your face from square to more of an angular or triangular shape. Combined with reduction of the brows and thinning of the nose, your face will become softer and more feminine.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana