Would I Feel A Bony Genioplasty Like I Can Feel My Chin Implant?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Not ready for a consultation yet, just had a quick question before I decide. Today I can “feel” the implant in my chin even though it’s been years after healing. Would getting it taken out and having genioplasty done instead be a good solution? Or would I “feel” that too?

A: A bony genioplasty will have its own palpable irregularities at the back end of the osteotomy lines, often called stepoffs. Whether they are significant or not depends on the amount of forward movement as well as the surgical technique. (angle of the bone cuts) If the only goal of the chin replacement surgeruy is to have a better feeling chin with a sliding genioplasty over an implant I would question that decision. 

Dr. Barry Eppley

World Renowned Plastic Surgeon