How Can I Achieve The Same Jaw Augmentation Look With Surgery That I Get When I Thrust My Jaw Forward?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi There – I am reaching out in hopes of learning how I can best correct my receding chin and lack of defined jawline. I had a chin implant put in about 6 years ago that certainly improved the area but didn’t achieve the results I was looking for. I would love the opportunity to discuss what the best option may be. Looking forward to hearing from your team soon. I’ve included a photo for reference: one is with my natural bite (receding) and another with my chin pushed forward (this is similar to what I wish it looked like naturally). Thank you!

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. What you are actually demonstrating with your jaw thrust is the attached dimensional changes which are largely vertical. If you add that to your current chin implant your dimensional chin augmentation changes are 5mms forward and 5mms down. Such dimensional changes can only be created by either a custom chin implant design or a sliding genioplasty.

I am assuming when you refer to a ‘lack of a defined jawline’ you mean the chin. If you truly mean the whole jawline (back to the angles) then only a custom jawline implant can achieve that aesthetic effect.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana