Why Is A Custom Midface Implant Better Than A LeFort III Osteotomy In An Adult?

Q: Dr. Eppley, i have consulted with a surgeon about the procedure modified lefort 3. My question is why is the implant route the way to go instead of surgery?

A: The midface implant route is the superior aesthetic approach to midface augmentation IF there is no compelling need to change the occlusion. (one’s bite) It is superior to a LeFort IIII in an adult because:

1) Every midface dimension/thickness can be precisely controlled by the preoperative design.

2) It provides a complete midface augmentation effect particularly in and around the orbit rim and malar region.

3) It provides an assured smooth contour.

4) It is less invasive with a quicker recovery.

5) It is reversible or capable of being modified (addition/reduction) should one want to fine tine the result.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana