Do Widening Jaw Angle Implants Also Create Visible Vertical Lengthening?

Q: Dr. Eppley, First off, thanks for being a pioneer in this field and paving the way for other surgeons to follow suit. My question is with regards to your blog: widening vs vertical jaw angle implants. In it you say, a widening implant can add a little bit of vertical dimension as well. How much realistically achievable in vertical height? Would 3-4mm be realistic (depending on positioning) and how is this achieved purely by adjusting positioning? 

Thank you so much in advance and with regards,

A: I would say that a visible 3 to 4mms of vertical lengthening is seen in the proper placement of widening jaw angle implants due to the soft tissue roll effect.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana