Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in jaw angle implant revision surgery. I just got jaw angle implants with facial liposuction. I’ve always wanted a more defined jawline. So I got the procedure done. My doctor did the type of jaw angle implant that widens. But I wanted the one that lengthens and wides a bit. So already he didn’t do the one I wanted and he went too wide. It’s 4 days after surgery. Is it bad to remove implants and replace with others? Is their risk involved? I’m very unhappy about how he did this.
A: Th first thing to realize is that it is just four days after your jaw angle implant surgery. This is a time period of maximal swelling so it would be impossible to have any idea as to what the final result would be. It generally takes four to six weeks to see the final result. So the final result may or may not be what you want.
But let’s assume for the sake of this discussion that your current jaw angle implants are inadequate. It is very straightforward with no increased risk over the original surgery to replace your jaw angle implants with a new design. Because you have an existing implant pocket, the amount of swelling and recovery would be significantly less than the initial implant surgery.
Dr. Barry Eppley