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Dr. Bruce Epker?

Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby brown1sc » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:48 am

I am strongly thinking of consulting with Dr. Epker out of Texas for jaw/chin implants. He is supposedly a pioneer in the field. His price quotes are dramatically lower than both Ramirez and Yaremchuk. Just curious if anyone has any experience with Dr. Epker?
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby SurferJack » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:52 am

I think it depends on what you are looking for. Dr Epker designed a set of implants, which I think Dr Yaremchuk uses quite often, but I personally don't really like the shape of them - they do not augment the areas that I want to have augmented. Also, they are medpore implants which I am not too keen on either. But certainly, I think he would be worth a consultation if it is his shape of implants you are looking for and you are keen to have medpore. I wouldn't make the decision based on price however.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby brown1sc » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:41 am

I actually have a small medpor lateral onlay jaw implant on my left side that was used to camoflage a defect from previous jaw surgery. I'm looking for a surgeon with experience in removing/replacing medpor. I consulted with Ramirez and hoping to meet with Yaremchuk and Epker before making a decision. Cost savings isn't my main concern, but it certainly is a factor in my decision. You see alot of talk about Ramirez and Yaremchuk on this board, but hoping there were some folks that may have used Epker as well.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby julierr » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:35 pm

I had surgery with Dr. Epker. (Hydroxy appetite contouring of the jawline, eyelid surgery to correct assymetrical eyelids). He is phenomenal. Very artistic surgeon. Listens and addresses concerns and easy to talk to. The staff is excellent.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby julierr » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:46 pm

Also, I did consult with Ramirez and Yarmechuk. I liked Yarmechuk alot, but choose Epker because I felt he could address my concerns a little more for what I wanted. I also liked something the Epker said; relating to implants and such, he felt that you have to look at the overall face and how the skin/tissue lays on the bone instead of just looking at the bones on a CatScan/X-ray and trying to augment with implants based on that alone and using a computer generated implant. But my case was a little more complicated as far as assymetry and I needed some odd contouring and 'fill in' from ridges along the jawline left over from a prior jaw surgery/genioplasty from another surgeon that left me assymetrical and deficient. So I choose Epker.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby Mike30 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:07 am

Glad to hear that your surgery went well and that you liked your results. I am also looking into having jaw surgery and wanted to ask you to send me (via PM) the name of the doctor that did your jaw before Epker, so I make sure I stay away from him.
Many thanks.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby JonH2o » Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:50 pm

I am sorry to say, but I know someone who went to Epker and ended up with visible asymmetry and nerve damage. He is now looking for a revision with another surgeon.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby Earl23 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:41 pm

DEoes epker4 have a website? does he only use porex?
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby Helenedc » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:41 pm

I used Ramirez: had day long revision to get it removed. Never heard about Epker but Yaremchuk was very helpful to me.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby venom455 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:25 am

does dr epker not have a website?
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby Mike30 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:35 pm

He does but it's badly designed to be honest.

http://www.bestfaceforyou.com/

I don't know if there's an updated one or not. This is what I found.

I emailed his office to inquire about jaw implants and I have not heard from them yet. It's been about a week.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby Randy44 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:43 am

wow, I have never seen that site. I have heard of Epker, I believe because he authored some journal article on jaw implants. Yea, a bad website if he wishes to do jaw implants, the chin augmentation before/after photos clearly include jaw implants, but makes no mention of jaw implants. The before and after are not too different than mine.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:13 pm

Epker designed one of the jaw implants Dr. Y uses. It's called the "Epker" style implant. Porex model. Has a 'drop down' at the mandibular border and helps close a very 'open angle' of the jaw.

The 'goatee guy'; patient photoed on Dr. Y's site is sporting the Epker implant.
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby cls87 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:27 pm

The epker implant seems to give this pronounced step off. I noticed a similar problem with some of Dr. Y patients, too. Maybe its also due to residual swelling? I wonder if this is inevitable if you get a drop down jaw implant...
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Re: Dr. Bruce Epker?

Postby Randy44 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:19 pm

cls87 wrote:The epker implant seems to give this pronounced step off. I noticed a similar problem with some of Dr. Y patients, too. Maybe its also due to residual swelling? I wonder if this is inevitable if you get a drop down jaw implant...

I do not know what you mean by a step off. I think it is a good result, I can not imagine what problem you see.
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