Chin implants are used by cosmetic surgeons to add length and projection to the lower third of your face, mostly using firm silicone implants. A custom chin implant is a bespoke option that matches the implant to your own shape and goals.
How does a custom chin implant fit?
Custom implants match the back interface of the implant with the shape of your bone so it fits snugly and is less likely to migrate after surgery. The shape is matched by using a CBCT (cone beam scan) which is a mini version of a CT scan used frequently by dentists and oral surgeons.
See the video below to see how a custom implant compares to a standard “off-the-shelf” implant. The standard implant has gaps between the implant and bone that is improved with pressure, but it doesn’t fit into place like a puzzle because it places a smooth implant surface against the waves of the bone surface. The custom implant is one I designed for a client using a system I developed.
Getting a custom implant
To create a custom implant I meet with my client and discuss their goals. We then take 3-dimensional images of the face and the facial bones. The implant is digitally shaped with the assistance of a professional surgical designer. The implant is then created with implantable-grade, FDA-approved silicone.
My opinion is that people routinely have suits and dresses made-to-order and a long-term surgical device that is implanted in the body can be made with the same care and customization with great results. The future of medicine will offer more customization and cosmetic surgery is no exception.