Can A Jaw Implant Make My Face Above It Concave?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m interested in reshaping my face with you making it more attractive and add angularity. I’ve been told I have thick soft tissue resulting in weak contours so I was wondering if I can thin the soft tissue. The side of my face is convex but I want more of a concave side, as shown in the picture because I heard the implant stretches the tissue. Would this be achievable with a jaw implant alone if widening the gonials. Thank you
A: Unless your face has that concave look initially, no form of jaw implant is going to have that effect. The tissue stretching effect of a jawline implant is on that of the neck not the face. That is where the pull off the soft tissues is affected. It may help a loose or saggy beck as it pulls the neck tissues up as the lower and outer border of the lower jaw is expanded.
Similarly any ability to get a more concave face requires direct defatting of it and some form of cheek augmentation above it to have any chance of that type of facial reshaping effect.
Dr. Barry Eppley