Does A Chin Implant Need A Screw To Be Secure?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to have a chin implant, I want to ask you is a chin implant with a screw holding it into position a must so that it won’t move? One doctor said screw is not necessary as she said you can extend anteriorly more than 1 cm it and it depends on how the doctor carves out the implant so it won’t move place. Is what she said true and effective?

A: How any surgeon secures their facial implants is a matter of personal preference and experience. I prefer to screw all facial implants into place when possible to get the best aesthetic result (assured position) and never have to worry about them every moving or sliding from where I want them. That is my personal preference and has served me and my patients well over the years. Just because other surgeons make not choose that technique of implant fixation, or any fixation at all, does not make them wrong. That is obviously what works for them.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana