Custom Cheek-Infraorbital Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, is it possible to get custom cheek-infraorbital implants done for the aforementioned region with a thickness inferior to the 2mm (like in the 0.5 – 2 mm range)? I am young, but I have a thin face with very little facial fat volume, and I really think that medium sized implants would look already excessive on me. Thank you very much for your attention!

A: Custom cheek-infraorbital implants are made from the patient’s 3D CT scan using implant design software. They can be made as thin as about 1.5mms. Any thinner and it poses manufacturing processing problems. Even if they could be made thinner, there would be no practical reason to do so as a 1mm or less  change on one’s face would not be detectable and this would not be worth the surgical effort.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana