Temporal Muscle Reduction

Q: Dr. Eppley, I believe my upper third of my head is excessively wide so I’m considering temporal muscle reduction surgery. ]But my jaw is also small relative to the rest of my face so my question is. Is itt possible to combine jaw implants with temporal muscle reduction surgery, or could the extra mass cause functional issues? Thanks.

A: Jaw implants and temporal muscle reduction can be performed during the same surgery. Besides each being performed at two separate anatomic sites, their muscular effects are on different masticatory muscles. (temporal vs masseter muscles) As a result their temporary muscle effects are not functionally additive to create any long-term jaw dysfunction.

The combination of temporal muscle reduction and jaw angle implants will bring the upper and lower thirds of the face into better proportions.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana