How Can I Change The Slope Of My Jawline?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi. My jaw points down and my chin is very weak. I would like my jaw to appear more square shaped. I don’t think this is a problem with the growth of my jaw as my bite is excellent and I wouldn’t want to mess with it anyway. I considered a chin implant but that seem to just make my jaw longer as it would sit on a backward angled segment of bone.  Also, my nose has a high bridge, so I am wondering if rhinoplasty might off set the look of the jaw. Right now, my jaw line and the bridge of my nose are almost parallel lines. What is your suggestions?

A: In looking at your pictures, your mandibular plane angle does parallel the dorsal line of your nose. This is not a nose problem as its shape and size looks good. A rhinoplasty you most certainly do not need. You need to reorient the plane of your mandible. This would be best done by a combined chin osteotomy and jaw angle implants. The chin osteotomy would bring the chin forward but would also bring it upward due to the angle of the osteotomy cut. This will actually shorten the vertical length of the face. The jaw angle implants will bring down or lengthen the ramus of the mandible of posterior length of the face. These two procedures together will create a counter clockwise rotation of the mandibular plane angle.

Dr.  Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana