Will A Chin Augmentation Improve The Results From My Rhinoplasty?

Q: I would like an opinion by a plastic surgeon. I would like to get rid of the hump on my nose and for it to be smaller and not so wide. My nose is especially wide underneath my eyes. I would like a chin implant to help with my side profile. These are the two procedures that I’m for sure ready to have done immediately. I eventually would like enhance the size of my lips. I had Juvaderm administered to my upper lip about two years ago and did not have good results. My primary focus right now is my nose and chin and would really like to see what I would generally look like after a Rhinoplasty with a chin implant. Thank you so much!

A: The combination of a rhinoplasty and chin augmentation is very common and highly successful. This is particularly true in one’s s profile view even though that is not how one usually sees themselves. (even though most of the world knows you more this way) In this what I call the ‘ying and the yang’ procedure, reducing prominent areas on the nose (hump reduction, shortening or de-lengthening the nose) and bringing a recessed chin forward can make for a significant change in one’s side view. And because two areas are being changed in different directions, it does not take large changes in either the nose or the chin to make a real visible difference. This can be demonstrated before surgery (and always should be) by computer imaging. Rhinoplasty and chin augmentation are two procedures that can be both easily and accurately demonstrated by computer imaging manipulation.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana