What Advantages Do Custom Chin Implants Have Over Standard Chin Implants?
Q: Dr. Eppley, Do standard implants placed after genioplasty have a higher rate of infection/complications (such as erosion, shifting, or poor fit) compared to a standard implant placed on a non-augmented chin? Would a custom implant be preferential in my situation based upon these factors, or would it be more of a personal/aesthetic preference instead? In general, are custom implants less prone to shifting/erosion/infection than off the shelf implants in your experience?
Thanks for the help!
A: The value of custom facial implants (including custom chin implants) is in their ability to create a type of chin augmentation effect that otherwise would not be possible with standard implants. Because of the custom design process they may be less prone to intraoperative malpositioning because features can be built Into them are useful for placement in surgery. Otherwise they share all other similarities with standard implants.
Dr. Barry Eppley