Custom Jawline Implant vs. Orthognathic Surgery
Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m an out of town patient looking to surgically enhance my jawline. I’m not sure if a wraparound custom jawline implant or even a genioplasty would be enough to have an aesthetic jawline and chin or if I should be pursuing a bilateral sagittal split ramps osteotomy (BSSO) or other orthognathic surgery. Is there any way I could see an approximation of what my jawline would look like with these augmentations and/or get a professional opinion?
A: The answer to your question about orthognathic surgery vs. jawline bone augmentation is fairly simple…orthognathic surgery is only indicated when you have a malocclusion. If you don’t a bite issue that needs to be corrected then only jawline augmentation will work to achieve it. The most effective form of jawline augmentation, if it is more than just a chin issue, is a custom jawline implant. In general orthognathic surgery and custom jawline implants are not equivalent procedures, they have different jawline effects. But orthognathic surgery should never be considered a jawline enhancement procedure even if it can create some greater chin prominence. But it certainly does not improve the shape or size of the jaw angles.
Dr. Barry Eppley