Q: Dr. Eppley, I had a chin implant placed six months ago. The implant was fairly small (4mm) and didn’t seem to make much of a difference. I then had the implant replaced about a months ago for a larger one because I wanted to see an actual difference. Now my chin is huge! The surgeon who redid it didn’t show me my any pictures of what the result would look like or did he show me the size of implant that he would use. I was just told the measurements and didn’t see it. So needless to say I am not happy and am looking for a really good surgeon who would be able to go in and replace the implant for a more aesthetically pleasing one for a small petite female. I have a slender face but the new implant just makes it look longer and because of how large it now is, I can’t smile right, etc. Please let me know if this is something that could be considered. Thank you.
A: I can appreciate your dilemma. A 4mm implant is not really visible in just about anyone. But it is also easy to go too big and wide in a female. Too wide an implant in a female is a common problem that I see. Chin implants in women have to take into account different size and shape considerations. What you would use in a women can be different than that of a man. I would need to see some pictures of where you were when you started and what you look like now if that is possible. I am certain you can get a much better result than you have now just based on your description alone. I suspect it is the wings of the implant that are as much of a culprit as that of the actual horizontal projection.
Dr. Barry Eppley