What Implant Dimensions Were Used To Generate The Picture Imaging?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Are you able to provide information on the dimensions of the simulated custom facial implant used to generate these picture predictions? Is it possible to see the simulated implant overlaid on my skeletal structure (from CBCT scans)?

A: This picture imaging is done under the following  concept:

‘The purpose of computer imaging is frequently misunderstood by patients. Computer imaging is done to help determine what the patient’s aesthetic goals are. It is a method of interactive visual communication between the patient and surgeon to help establish what their specific facial reshaping goals are. Your task is to evaluate this initial imaging and determine what you like and don’t like about it. Then I adjust the imaging to make it the way you eventually like it. This then establishes the aesthetic target from which the operation can be designed to try and come close to the target.

In answer to your specific question:

1) As you now can now see based on the imaging purpose description the imaging is not done with any specific implant dimensions in mind.

2) Only when the formal implant design process is initiated is the implant designing done on the 3D CT scan.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon