What Type of Chin Procedure Is Needed When It Gets Large With Smiling?

Q: Dr. Eppley, My daughter is 18 and so self conscious of her chin. It appears normal when she’s not smiling but gets large when she smiles. Also when she makes a “duck face” it seems small like the bone structure isn’t big. Is this ptosis? How can this be treated? What is the recovery time?

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending the pictures. At rest in profile she has a borderline protrusive bony chin in which the soft tissue chin pad becomes protrusive when smiling as a result. This common female chin excess is treated by a submental chin reshaping/reduction technique in which both bone and soft tissue excesses are removed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana