What Is The Best Method To Treat My Jaw Asymmetry?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello! I believe my jaw is not symmetrical and feel one side is longer.. if I sent a variety of photos that it is very visible could you possibly tel if it can be solved/ corrected my by just a custom jawline implant or chin implant or if I would have to go down the path of jaw surgery and jaw reconstruction!

A: I would be happy to review your pictures of your jaw asymmetry but, even without pictures, there is certain known principles treating it based on my experience:

1) A 3D CT scan is the definitive method to fully understand the exact bony anatomy of the jaw asymmetry.

2) A chin implant can never adequately treat jaw asymmetry and often when done alone makes it more apparent as the asymmetry increases as it moves from the chin back to the jaw angles.

3) In some cases a unilateral custom jaw implant on one side may correct the asymmetry if it has a modest amount of bony asymmetry.

4) A total wrap around jaw implant is usually the definitive treatment for jaw asymmetry as the discrepancy between the two sides usually merits it and many men decide to provide some overall lower facia enhancement as well.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana