Will A Custom Jawline Implant Improve A Double Chin When I Smile?

Q: Dr. Eppley, sometimes when I smile or laugh, I tend to do so from ear to ear, forming a double-chin. I just want to make sure this point doesn’t slip through the cracks, and I can’t remember if you said whether this issue would automatically be addressed once the implant is placed as my skin would have to cover more surface area.

A: Surgery is a static procedure while this smiling issue is a dynamic one. No one can predict how a static operation will affect a dynamic problem. A jawline implant adds volume along the transition of the face and neck and stretches out tissue in that area. Theoretically it may improve that concern but the wise position is to view that as an added bonus if it solves that problem rather than an expected outcome. You can’t design an implant to address that dynamic concern.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon