Will A Chin Implant Give Me A Square Looking Front Of The Jaw?

Q: Dr. Eppley, It is said that the Terino extended anatomical chin implant produces a wide appearance to the chin. I want to know whether the wideness would be round and wide (like a half-oval) or flat and wide like a skateboard ramp. I’ve heard that the chin will be similar to Dick Tracy cartoon version, but a Real Self review got me thinking otherwise.

Extended Anatomical Chin Implant Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisA: Every chin implant merely adapts to the shape of the underlying front end of the jaw. So if the implant is oval shape and the bone shape is oval (which almost all chins are) the resultant chin shape will be both wider but round or oval. Only if the chin implant has a different shape on the outside as opposed to a rounder or oval inner surface (like a square chin implant) will the resultant shape be wider and more square. Certainly no standard preformed chin implant available today is going to make any chin similar to a Dick Tracy cartoon version if that is what one’s final shape objective is. Only a custom made chin implant can achieve that very square look. The Terino extended anatomic chin implant does look more square in its picture but it will not create a square outer look in most cases.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana