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Case Study – Teen Sliding Genioplasty and Step-Off Grafting


Background: The sliding genioplasty is a well known autogenous chin augmentation procedure. When contrasted to that of a chin implant, it has advantages and disadvantages to the alloplastic alternative. Which chin augmentation approach is best for any patient must be decided on an individual basis. Suffice it to say two different chin augmentation techniques exist since neither one is perfect for every patient’s aesthetic chin needs.

One feature of any horizontal chin augmentation procedure is that the depth of the labiomental fold will not be improved and may even get deeper. This is expected as the attachment of the mentalis muscle to the bone, which is the anatomic basis for the presence of the fold, does not change. The down fractured chin segment from a sliding genioplasty is done below the level of the muscle attachment. (even though the muscle must be cut and then reattached to perform the procedure) Thus as the chin comes forward the labiomental fold attachment remains the same. By definition this can make the labiodental fold look perceptibly deeper. Whether his usually negative aesthetic effect will be significant depends on how much chin advancement is done.

In lowering the risk of labiomental fold deepening with a sliding genioplasty, the bone step-off can be filled in with a variety of materials. This is particularly relevant when the chin advancement becomes considerable. There are a variety of alloplastic and allogeneic materials from which to choose.

Case Study: This 15 year-old male had a short chin although an orthodontically corrected Class I occlusion. Given his young age and the degree of horizontal chin advancement needed, a sliding genioplasty procedure was chosen.

Under general anesthesia and through an intraoral approach, a low horizontal bone cut was done and the chin bone advanced 12mms. The bony step-off was filled in with hydroxyapatite bone cement with the mentalis muscle closed over it.

His after surgery result showed an improved lower facial profile with increased chin projection. The depth of the labiomental fold was deeper but not unduly so. It would have been deeper without the fill in with the bone cement.

Hydroxyapatite bone cement is one option for augmenting the underlying bony step-off in a sliding genioplasty. Its only limiting factor is its cost.


  1. The sliding genioplasty moves the bottom portion of the chin bone forward but leaves the superior portion of the bone and the labiomentall fold behind.
  2. The bony step off of the sliding genioplasty can be augmented or filled in with a variety of materials.
  3. Grafting the step off in the advanced chin can help soften any deepening of the labiodental fold.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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