How could I achieve a smaller, more rounded chin? (photo)
I wouldn't say my chin is too big, but it is quite square, and I feel it sticks out (particularly when I smile). I'd like to achieve a smaller/rounder chin and a cleaner jawline. Would I benefit from a chin reduction perhaps? Or something else? I've attached two photos: the first being an example of how my chin sticks out when I smile. The second, an edit of what I'd like to achieve, alongside an unedited photo.
Doctor Answers (4)
Burring of the bone to reduce it would be reasonable, but an exam would be helpful as well as a discussion of your goals and maintaining facial proportions.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
There are two options and I would have to see a true side (profile) view to give you the best answer.
1) Reduction Genioplasty by burring the anterior surface.
2) Reduction Genioplasty with two parallel osteotomies and removal of intervening segment (width 2-5 mm depending on current overprojection).
The are 2 basic ways to treat a pronounced chin. It depends on you occlusion (bite). If your you have an underbite, then braces and shortening the entire jaw would probably be needed. If your bite is normal, the shaving the jawbone and/or reducing the chin soft tissue can help. Best wishes.
There are a few factors to consider since the narrowness of the jaw will affect how the chin looks. However the shape you present is very viable.
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