Is Chin Reduction Sometimes Undertaken to Help Eliminate Mouth Breathing?

After a lifetime of mouth breathing, I have a long face and chin. I want to eliminate my mouth breathing and have a turbinate reduction planned to open my nasal passages. However, my long chin means I can only close my mouth with substantial effort. I was wondering what kinds of surgical procedures would give me a naturally closed mouth? In particular, is chin reduction (e.g. genioplasty) sometimes indicated? If it is, I would consider it, as it would also have aesthetic benefits in my case.

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Chin Reduction and Mouth Breathing

Your lip incompetence/mouth breathing may get some improvement by a vertical chin reduction which can improve lower lip position. But this would have a minor effect compared to nasal airway surgery. If indicated an intraoral vertical reduction genioplasty with muscle resuspension would be the preferred surgical technique.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Is Chin Reduction Sometimes Undertaken to Help Eliminate Mouth Breathing?

Thank you for your question. You should consult with a facioplastic and/or oral surgeon and explore your options and possible outcomes.  This is not a small procedure and one must be prepared for a lengthy downtime, and expense. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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