Would I Benefit By Jaw Angle Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 21 year old man and I was looking to have jaw angle implants with you. But first I would like to have your professional opinion if I really should get the implants? And to have better results should the implants be customized? And how much does it cost to have custom jaw angle implants?

A: In looking at the side view pictures that you have provided (which only provides an incomplete and one-dimensional view of the jawline), I see no benefit to jaw angle implants for you. You already have a fairly low mandibular plane angle (linear relationship of the jaw angle to chin line compared to the Frankfort horizontal line) and you would not want to drop it down any further. Whether there is any benefit to width only jaw angle implants requires a frontal view picture to make that assessment.

Jaw angle implants come in two fundamental types, width only and combined vertical and width angle types. The vast majority of patients, male or female, seeking jaw angle augmentation have a high jaw angle or a steep mandibular plane. This requires a vertical lengthening style. Less commonly, the angle position is vertically satisfactory and a more defined shape is needed through width enhancement

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana