What Needs to Be Done To Correct My Weak Chin?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a very weak chin (I think) and was curious what you would recommend as the best course of action? 

A:Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. Your chin is weak but not in the traditional horizontal manner. Rather the chin and entire jawline is vertically deficient. This is also associated with a short neck and low hyoid position. There are two approaches to take with your lower face which depends on whether you want just the chin changed or the entire jawline. If it is just the chin then a vertical lengthening bony genioplasty would be the best procedure. If you desire the entire jawline treated then a custom jawline implant would be the procedure. What would separate these two procedures, besides the extent of the jawline treated, is how much vertical lengthening can be achieved at the chin. (the bony genioplasty can do more) These differences are best seen in the frontal view imaging.

Either procedure needs to be combined with neck management (submentoplasty) for the best result.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana