Will Jaw Angle Reduction Narrow The Lower Third Of My Face?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m interested in getting a jaw reduction surgery done. I am a 25- yr old female with a jawline significantly wider than cheek bones area. My jawline alone is wider, adding to that strongly developed mandibular muscles makes my lower face evidently out of proportion.

1) Do I need anything additional done besides the jaw reduction surgery?
2) For how many days would I ave to remain hospitalized?
3) I live out of state, so how could the follow up appointments happen?
4) how many follow up examinations does Dr Eppley usually do? And what is their time frame?
5) what is the approximate cost I would be looking at (including hospital stay)?

Thank you!

A: In answer to your questions:

  1. I would need to see some pictures of your face to determine what, if anything, else make be helpful in achieving your goal of a more narrow lower facial width.
  2. This type of facial surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. There is no reason to be hospitalized for jaw angle/jawline reduction surgery.
  3. As a general rule, my out of state/country patients follow-up by e-mail, phone or Skype. There are no regularly scheduled in-person follow-up examinations needed. When it comes ti changing appearance what matters is how things look and that can be discerned with modern technology from afar.
  4. as per #3 above
  5. I will have my assistant pass along that information later today or tomorrow. Although be aware that this is a cost estimate for a procedure on a face that I have not yet seen.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana