Jaw Angle Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had a successful Medpor square chin implant put in three months ago. It gave my face better balance and a much more masculine look although my chin was not that small before the surgery. I have quite a defined jaw but not a square and as sharp/symmetric and balanced as I would wish. My plastic surgeon here does not do jaw angle implants so I am considering flying in to you. Can jaw angle implants make good definition without making the face look that much bigger?

A: What you are likely referring to is a vertical lengthening jaw angle implants that provides sharper jaw angle definition but does not add much width to the jaw angle. This is what I call the jaw angle defining implant and is uniquely different than the standard widening jaw angle implant which has been around for two decades. By today’s aesthetic standards this traditional jaw angle implant style is poorly designed and does not work well for most patients. It often creates a jaw angle is wider and rounder (fatter) but not more sharply defined. This is why I designed the vertical lengthening jaw angle implant style as that is what most men and women are seeking today.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana