What Type Of Chin Implant Can Give It A More Square Look?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a chin implant revision. I had a chin implant about six months ago and the doctor said it would look just like I wanted. Well it hasn’t and he appears to have chosen the wrong implant. What I wanted was a much wider and more square chin look and it doesn’t look that way at all. I have done some imaging on my picture to show you what chin look I am after. What is the best type of chin implant to achieve my desired look?

A: The imaged change that you desire in the width of your chin can not be made by almost any off-the-shelf preformed chin implant. Even square chin implants do not add that much width. If you look carefully, the widest part of the chin goes past a vertical line dropped down from the corners of the mouth. That is beyond the widths of most existing chin implants.

There is however a way to do it with one and only one preformed implant, the Medpor RZ extended square chin implant. It is possible to exceed its natural width because of its central connector. It is actually inserted in two separate pieces and then attached once in place. You can increase the width of the chin by a full centimeter by not snapping it together but by leaving the two pieces spaced apart and made ‘one-piece’ by only the thin bridge of the connector.

The other option is to make a one-piece design out of silicone that contains all the desired dimensions and is placed as a single piece implant. (aka custom chin implant)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana