Can Custom Infraorbital Implants Be Made Of A Material That Turns Into Bone?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello, do you perform infraorbital custom implants, more specifically 3D-printed bone scaffolds that gradually transform into real bone over time through the process of bioresorption, effectively replacing the implant with natural bone?

A: There is no such implant technology that currently exists to achieve that biologic transformation. It is a great concept and would be of immense clinical use but it does not yet exist.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon