How to shorten a long face? (photos)

Hello, I have quite a long face and I was wondering what type of surgery would make it appear shorter? I'm assuming it would be chin shaving?

Doctor Answers 4

Long face

I stared at your face a long time, took a break and looked at it again.
I do not find that your face is "a long face". In fact, your face is quite attractive as is. Leave it alone.


Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
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Long Face?

Dear Laura,

Thank you for your picture. In my opinion, your face does not appear long.  You may have some mild asymmetry to your chin that can be corrected with a sliding genioplasty.  If your chin was shortened then your lower facial third would be out of balance.  Please visit with several board certified plastic surgeons for a consultation. Best wishes.

Facial Shortening

There are two fundamental techniques to aesthetically reduce the long face. Vertical reduction of the chin through an intraoral wedge removal is the one bony removal method and it does actually create true facial shortening The other method is to widen the face through lateral cheek augmentation. This is an illusionary technique that is often done in combiantion with vertical chin reduction to create a more profound shortening appearance if desired.

Long face

One can reduceb the chin height OR lengthen The ramus/ back of jawline. Not an umcommon issue but readily changed.

Gerald Wittenberg, MSc, DMD
Vancouver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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