Custom Jawline Implant

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested, I think, in a custom jawline implant.The attached photo includes a Photoshop direction I would like to take with a custom jawline implant. Is this achievable or just very wishful thinking? Also, would you suggest a neck lift or would such an implant eliminate the loose muscle/fat under my chin. I’m looking forward to making a decision on this very soon and moving forward. Thank you very much!

A: What you are demonstrating by your Photoshop effort is pretty much what is possible with a custom jawline implant. It is not wishful thinking. Such a custom implant will pick up all the loose skin in the neck particularly back along the jawline and jaw angle area. It will also do so under the chin as well. How effective it is at ‘eliminating’ this loose skin has a lot to do with the size and dimensions of the implant. It does so because the increased surface area of the implant requires greater soft tissue coverage and it pulls it up from below not downward from the face. A bigger bone surface requires more tissue coverage and it has to come from somewhere. Fortunately for the jawline it comes from the neck.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana