Do I Need Custom Jaw Angle Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I took a look at the computer imaging that you did for me for my jawline. I like what you did to the chin but don’t like the jaw angle result. I saw a case of a guy onlione who had custom made jaw angle implants done and he did not had that square look. Is that possible to be done to me like that as well?

A: Let me explain the purpose of facial computer imaging. Initially it is to create a dialogue or communication as to what the patient wants. No knowing what anyone really wants when they say a stronger jawline, I have to have a starting point for discussion. I made those angles square to see if this is the tyhe of jaw angle look you prefer. They do not reflect any particular implant selection as of yet. Therefore, looking at other jawline examples is helpful only for the standpoint of giving me guidance as to what look someone prefers…it means nothing about the implant style. So custom jaw angle implants are not what you need. Custom facial implants are usually used when the final look is more extreme or when stock off-the-shelf implants can achieve the desired look if they are intraoperatively modified. When going for less than a square or flared jaw angle look, stock jaw angle implants will work just fine…and they are far less expensive.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana