I think my chin sticks out way too far. Especially when smiling. I had braces/orthodontics as a child and am pretty sure I don't have an overbite.
Chin sticks out, what can be done to fix it? (photo)
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Chin sticks out, what can be done to fix it?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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Submental Chin Reduction Approach
Your chin can be reduced and would need to be done by a submental reduction approach. The key management in your chin reduction is the soft tissue excess that will exist once the bone is reduced. (burred down) A backward sliding genioplasty results in very unfavorable soft tissues redundancies under the chin because of this issue particularly when the amount of chin reduction is as significant as yours.
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You 'may' have had extractions with the orthodontics as a youth; meaning the lower lip 'falls back' against the retracted teeth and 'relatively' makes the chin look prominent. In any case, a genioplasty which changes the 'front to back' strength combined with increasing the vertical height, can change its appearance.
There are more comprehensive approaches, but this is the simplest.
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A genioplasty could be performed by a PS or oral surgeon via incisions inside the mouth to set back your chin prominence . You are a good candidate for the surgery and it is a fairly straight forward procedure
I agree with you that your chin sticks out further than what it should. Not having radiographs or CT scans limits how much information I can provide you with regards to your dental occlusion and facial skeletal. That being said a reduction genioplasty would help your profile. I would also like to know if you had extractions at any point prior or during braces. You may also have a hypoalveolarism which is not commonly discussed. This can also manifest itself to appear as a protruding chin when in actuality it's the portion,of the bone that the teeth are attached to that is deficient or not in correct position this is treated with a sub apical osteotomy which moves the tooth bearing bone. Good luck.
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