Will A Custom Midface Implant Throw My Facial Proportions Out Of Balance?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting a custom midface implant to try and project my maxilla more, but will this implant alone not cause my upper jaw to appear more forward then my lower jaw causing and unattractive look. If this would happen what other treatment could I do along with this in other to even out the appearance.Thank you very much

A:I am confused by your question. By definition a custom midface implant is done for its aesthetic effect of increasing midface projection not for its maxillary protective effect. Thus it will make the midface (not the lower dentoalveolar area most anatomically accurately called the upper jaw) to have more fullness. That issue aside how increasing midface projection will affect the balance of your face is best determined by doing so initially computer imaging.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon