What Type Of Jaw Angle Implant Do I Need?

Q: Dr. Eppley,I’m interested in receiving jaw implants to change the shape of my Gonial angle and to fix my TMJ. After checking out the website, it seems like this look could be achieved via vertical mandibular jaw implants? Additionally, is it possible to also fix my TMJ via jaw implants? Attached are pictures of me, as well as reference pictures of my desired Gonial angle shape. What do you recommend for me to achieve my desired look? 

A:What you are demonstrating is a jaw angle that makes your mandibular plane angle flat or zero degrees. Yours is not all that far off from that now but some vertical length is still needed. Vertical lengthening jaw angle implants, which also add some width, would be the correct choice. While that creates the desired facial effect in the side and oblique views be aware that from the front view it will square out or increase lower facial width. In addition augmentation of the jaw angles will not fix your TMJ issues.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon