Chin Implant Revision

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in chin implant revision surgery. I had a chin implant placed a little over 4 years ago (I am 26 years old) because of a severe receding chin. I feel that it has always been placed in the wrong positions. Wing placed too high and Apex too low leading to too long of a face and still do not have a chin that looks normal from side view. I was wondering if I could get some information on possible consult such as fee and how much a chin implant revision surgery would be?

A: If the chin implant is positioned too low on the apex of the chin that will create a tilt of the wings upward. That will also make the vertical length of the chin longer by definition. It sounds like chin implant revision by repositioning of the chin implant back up on the bone will bring the wings back down as long as you are happy with the amount of horizontal chin projection that you now have. This would not require the use of a new chin implant unless there were other changes to your chin augmentation result that you desire.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana