Can Jaw Angle Implants Be Done In Women?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in seeing what the jaw angle implants could do, as I feel that I have very little definition of my jawbone (it’s almost just a continuation of my neck). I would especially be interested in seeing what some width (towards the back of my jaw) could do. I would like to have my overall look be feminine and not too harsh. I am really happy with the imaging results for my nose and chin. Would the jaw implants be a continuation of the chin implant or separate? Does it sit directly on the jawbone, or can you feel from touching the face that it’s an “implant”? I’m assuming the results would be permanent as well, and wouldn’t need to be replaced. Thanks so much for your time.

A: Jaw angle implants had width to the back part of the jaw over the masseter muscle area.  The implants sit under the muscle on the bone. Because the tissues are quite thick in this area, it is not possible to really feel jaw angle implants from the outside. Like other facial implants, they are permanent. They are separate implants from that of the chin, unless custom implants are made to create one smooth continuous jawline from one side to the other. (I do not feel you need this approach) The key to jaw angle implants in most females is to not overdo the width. Most women don’t need more than 3 to 5mms width expansion to have improvement but still keep a feminine facial appearance.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana