Q: Dr. Eppley, I don’t like the shape of my jawline as it goes from front to back. I would like the front of the jaw profile to be less angular and also look deeper. I think this would improve my face shape and make it look more symmetric. I have attached a few pictures. What type of operation do I need to make this improvement?
A: I am not sure I understand what you mean by the desire to have the ‘jaw front profile less angular and also deeper’. I would need a better explanation to be sure what you see. But looking at your pictures, I think you mean that the chin is pointy (rather than square) and the jawline from the chin angles back sharply as opposed to being more square and vertically longer. The angular chin/jaw line is more associated with females while the square and broader chin is associated with a stronger male look. This could be improved by geniomandibular groove implants that fit on the bottom of the chin and go back to the anterior body of the mandible. They can be used to widen the chin as well as provide structure at the turn of the chin into the jawline so that there is a stronger jawline appearance. This is done through a submental incision and the two implant halfs are assembled into a unified implant with screws once into place. How close or separated they are in the midline affects how much the chin width is increased.
Dr. Barry Eppley