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The Jaw Angle Cap Implant


The contemporary desire for a well defined jaw angle rivals that of the more well established demand for increased chin projection. Even though it is on the back part of the jaw, its influence on the perception of the lower face is significant as there are two jaw angles that project out from the side of the face. Between the chin and the jaw angles, these three lower jaw bony projections influence how well defined the lower face is.

While most people understandably perceive that a prominent jaw angle means one this is wide, this is not absolutely so. A prominent jaw angle, particularly in females, may be one that has a good definition and is clearly seen. It does not need to be excessively wide or unduly vertically long. It may just need to have a good and visible shape.

The typical Caucasian jaw angle is usually more rounded than square. It is often rounded at the corner (junction of the inferior and posterior borders) and may even bow inward than being flush with the face or bow outward. Creating angular definition in such a jaw angle requires an implant that provides a little of both vertical and horizontal dimensional augmentation. I call this type of jaw angle implant a ‘cap’ (jaw angle cap implant) as it merely covers the corner of the jaw angle and provides a 3D augmentative change.

Such a small vertical jaw angle cap implant is most commonly used in females to create an angular appearance but without adding an appreciable size increase. Like all jaw angle implants it is placed from incisions inside the mouth and is best secured with a small microscrew to ensure the stability of its placed position on the bone. Positioning over the jaw angle point requires release of the tendons that adhere to the bony jaw angle point.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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