Can The Plates of a Zygomatic Sandwich Osteotomy Prohibit a Future LeFort I Osteotomy?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Would the metal plates from a bilateral ZSO interfere with and/or prevent a future upper jaw advancement? I have no plans for this, but generally like the idea of keeping my options open. Especially if I develop sleep apnea as I get older.

A: A Zygomatic Sandwich Osteotomy (ZSO) procedure would not interfere with a subsequent Lefort I Osteotomy.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon