Custom Forehead Implant
Q: Dr. Eppley, Would the custom forehead implant also augment the temporal regions that require augmentation or would I need separate temporal implants?
I have seen surgeries performed where the implant is rolled up and inserted via a small (4 cm) incision that runs from front to back of the scalp versus side to side. Is this possible regarding the implants you use? Thank you.
A: A custom forehead implant can be made to any dimensions and size including incorporating the temporal region. Whether it should extend past the anterior temporal line at the sides of the forehead into the temporal region depends on where you are looking to achieve temporal augmentation.
The concept of using only a 4 cm long scalp incision to place a forehead implant only applies to small round central forehead implants usually used in women. Men that get a larger custom forehead implant that includes the brow and temporal regions need a longer scalp incision despite the fact that they may be rolled for insertion. A custom forehead implant covers a large surface area and, as as result, need a longer scalp incision for insertion that does a smaller more central forehead implant.
Dr. Barry Eppley