Paranasal Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have seen before and after of paranasal implants and it seems the goal is to make the face look less flat? I do plan on getting these done. Also I have recessed jaw and my maxilla is basically normal and my bite is fine but I am going to get it checked with an jaw surgeon. So no type of midface implants makes your maxilla look more forward?

A: Looking vertically longer is one thing, having more horizontal projection is another. Your original inquiry asked the question of a longer maxilla which is an increase in the vertical dimension…which is not possible. Many types of implants give the midface more horizontal projection or bring it forward. You have been using confusing terms in your descriptions. It is now clear that you mean increased horizontal projection of the midface. This can be done using a variety of midface implants including paranasal implants, maxillary implants, premaxillary implants and combinations of any of these midface implant styles. The best way to bring the midface forward is through the use of a custom midface implant which augments the entire midface bone above the maxillary teeth level.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana