Can A Chin Implant Revision Be Done?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a chin implant revision. I wrote to you awhile back about getting a button style chin implant after a chin reduction by sliding genioplasty. My chin was reduced about 4mm. I then got a 3mm button chin implant placed, hoping to reverse the outcome of the chin reduction. Thankfully I’ve had no complications but I know have the look of slight jowls of both sides of the implant, especially on the left side. I’ve tried fillers but I really can’t afford to get fillers placed every year. Have you ever placed an extended anatomical implant with wings that measure 1mm in thickness? Have you ever placed an extended anatomical that has one wing thicker than the other to fix asymmetry? Thanks for your time.

A: Most chin implant wings, if they are made of silicone, are very thin often being only 1 to 2mms in thickness as they taper back along the jawline. The chin implant wings can be adjusted in length and thickness to compensate for asymmetry between the two sides. That is not an uncommon modification done in some chin augmentation patients whether it is a primary surgery or a chin implant revision.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana