Is a Custom Wraparound Jaw Implant the Best Way to Fix My Short Chin?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to know if a custom wraparound jaw implant can address my short chin or it would be better to do a genioplasty and individual jaw implants? I was told by a local Dr that I would need 8mm vertical jaw angle lengthening and 12mm of anterior chin projection but I find your posted results to be superior so I want to know what would you recommend. Thanks.

A: I am not sure where those jaw augmentation estimates are based on as in looking at your face as they seem to be excessive  A horizontal chin augmentation of 8 or 9mms and a vertical jaw angle lengthening of 3 to 5mms is the most you would likely need…although computer imaging would have to be done to determine what you are trying to achieve. A total jawline implant provides the most predictable and connected jawline augmentation method and is always better than three separate unconnected jaw augmentation methods.

Ultimately computer imaging of your face needs to be done to help determine exactly what type and degree of jaw augmentation you desire.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana