Chin Reduction?/Too prominent? (photos)
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Chin Reduction?/Too prominent?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Yes, your chin is prominent both when smiling and in repose. While an xray is necessary to define the bony contribution to your chin prominence, bone excess is likely the main culprit. Accordingly, chin bone reduction likely combined with directed soft tissue reduction would likely be helpful. Seek the opinion of a surgeon with experience in such chin reduction procedures as you need to be aware that soft tissue tends to bunch under the chin when it is reduced, so the surgeons should be prepared to compensate for this issue.
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Submental Approach for Chin Prominence Reduction
Your chin does show a horizontal prominence and it is a combination of both a bony excess as well as a soft tissue redundancy. Both need to be reduced and the chin reshaped through a submental approach. The bony chin can be horizontally reduced and narrowed and the excess soft tissue removed and tucked.
See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Maxillo Facial surgeon for a face-to-face evaluation to decide on chin set-back or soft tissue treatment. Smiling, the chin looks prominent. At rest, the balance is better. This may be a combination of soft tissue, muscle and bone imbalance - x-rays and an exam will be needed.
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