Are Custom Brow Bone Implants Permanent?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 32 year old male. I have a very flat brow bone and have been looking at getting something done as I believe it detracts from my overall appearance. My biggest concern has always been about the severity of the surgery to do something about it. It seems to me that you have multiple solutions which offer a more minimally invasive procedure. My question is about the cost of Endoscopic Placement of Custom Brow Bone Implants and the lifetime of those implants. Do they need to be replaced? And what are the complications with the procedure. If you could please let me know that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. 

A: Custom brow bone implants, like all custom facial implants, are made of a solid silicone elastomer material. They are permanent implants, will never degrade or breakdown and will never have to be replaced. They are placed through an endoscopic technique using two small incision either in the scalp or at the edge of the hairline. While there are potential complications with any facial implant procedure (e.g., infection, malposition), I have yet to see any with that of the brow bone. The one huge advantage to a custom approach is that the implants will have a precision fit and the their size and shape will have been designed in advance to the aesthetic desires of the patient.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana