Can A Chin Implant Become Dislodged By Boxing?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I train boxing/mixed martial arts. Once a chin implant or sliding genioplasty was performed, would I need to stop boxing permanently? Would a punch to the face with gloves on possibly damage or dislodge an implant?

A; While I don’t think that would damage a healed sliding genioplasty, there is a low level of concern with that of the chin implant. (which is why they are screwed in) It is a common question I get but I have never yet heard of an actual chin implant being displaced by trauma. Like many things in life, there are risks in doing them and you just have to calculate whether the risk is worth it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana