Q: Dr. Eppley, I found your work through the custom implants work on your site and I’m interested in getting a chin implant, but with a twist…
See, I’ve become aware of new research about the “estrogenic activity” of silicon-based implants. I was wondering, in your expertise, would it be possible to create a chin implant out of stainless steel or titanium instead of silicon or plastics-based materials (and have it be a successful operation)?
I realize this requires a complex answer, but feel free to keep your reply brief
A: I would be remiss if I did not mention that there are significant chemical differences between standard plastic materials (PVCs) and silicone which is a pure element. (#14 on the Periodic Table) There are no reports of any adverse effects on the body with silicone as evidenced by the extensive 15 year FDA study of silicone breast implants. (which is a gel and not even a solid)
A custom chin implant can be made of titanium although it would be very expensive to do so. (probably around $12,000 to make it) It would also be necessary to make it as a two-piece implant so it could be inserted through a reasonably small incision and ‘assembled’ once in place.
Dr. Barry Eppley