Q: Dr. Eppley, I have consulted with you many times about my facial structure and have plans to do the jaw implant. I’m just wondering if I already have surgeries on my chin (1st surgery sliding genioplasty. 2nd surgery reverse sliding genioplasty 3rd surgery shaved the corner of the chin from expansion as it made my chin becomes square) will it be safe to do the jawline implant? Not doing anything with the chin but maybe will be the same area that got cut several times. Will it increase the risk of infection? I don’t plan to do jaw inplant with any doctor in Korea or anywhere as I think a doctor with experience is the best. And I had to save up again and again after my previous failure for other parts.
I really plan to do it but will be about a year or two from now since I have to finish my braces first in another country.
A: Regardless of your prior chin surgeries, that does not preclude you from getting a jaw implant in the future. The custom jawline implant is made from a current 3D CT scan so this will show your current bony anatomy. That happened to the chin bone in the past does not affect placing an implant across it in the future.
Dr. Barry Eppley