What Is The Best Treatment For Lower Jaw Asymmetry and Upper Jaw Recession?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in creating a more symmetrical look to my face via fillers and eventually implants. As a result of my jaw being asymmetrical, the right side of my lower face appears fuller and more defined than the left. Additionally, my upper jaw is recessed. I have consulted with oral surgeons but none believe my problems are severe enough to warrant jaw surgery as my jaw is fully functional. What do you recommend?

A: The use of injectable fillers does have a role in facial reshaping/contouring but it is more limited than most patients appreciate. Because of the volumes of fillers needed to create visible facial contour changes and their temporary effects, the use of fillers must be done judiciously. For lower jaw asymmetry, and particularly for midfacial flattening, injectable fillers have very little role to play in a long term improvement strategy. Lower jaw asymmetry is often the result of a smaller jawline or mandible on one side. That is best addressed with the consideration of a jaw angle implant. Midfacial flattening, particularly done at the upper jaw level (maxilla, LeFort 1 region), needs horizontal volume augmentation. This is best done with either paranasal, premaxillary or both types of lower level midfacial implants. These would be far more effective than any type of synthetic filler injections.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana