Is Cheek Width A Good Guideline For Setting Jaw Angle With For My Custom Jawline Implant?

Q: Dr. Eppley, In determining the best jaw angle width for my custom jawline implant I have read that it is usually better to keep it less side than that of my cheeks. Is that good way to do it?

A: To anatomically understand cheek bone anatomy it has two components which have an anteroposterior orientation, the anterior main zygomatic body and the posterior zygomatic arch. Cheek width is determined by both components of which, in most Caucasians, the lateral zygomatic arch creates the maximum cheek width.

When using cheek width as a determinant of jaw angle width the maxiimum width of the zygomatic arch (lateral cheek width) is what is usually used to help guide its width not the anterior zygomatic body width.

But as you can see it all depends on how one choose to define their cheek width.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon