Can My Medpor Jaw Angle Implants Be Removed And Replaced?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I had Medpor jaw angle implants placed a year ago, but they did not provide sufficient lateral and vertical augmentation. I have been told that it would not be possible to replace the existing jaw angle implants due to Medpor’s tissue adherence, which is why I am thinking of getting a Medpor square chin implant with longer width to provide that augmentation.
That being said, I would very much prefer to get the Medpor jaw angle implants replaced, but I’m unsure if that’s possible. Do you think its removal would prove too difficult to be worth the risk? If not, could I replace it with another Medpor jaw angle implant at the same time?
A: If the proper jaw angle implant style is not used, the vertical elongation of the jaw angle area that many patients really need will not be achieved. While Medpor facial implants are harder to remove than silicone, it is not true that it is impossible to remove them. I have removed and replaced numerous Medpor chin and jaw angle implants. If you are still focused on using Medpor jaw angle implants then it would need to be the RZ style of either a 7 or 11mm width. Removal and replacement of jaw angle implants is done at the same time as that would be the most convenient and efficient way to do it.
Dr. Barry Eppley