Can Wrap Around Jaw Implants Cause Permanent Nerve Injury?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am considering the possibility of getting wrap around jaw-implants. I had a couple of questions.

1) I’m having a hard time finding many before and afters online – especially with people around my age and face structure, do you have more before and after shown in your office that are not online?

2) Approximately how long after the procedure can a person talk and eat as normal? In other words: when can they return to their normal routine and be around others, without it being known they’ve had surgery done.

3) What is the possibility of permanent nerve or muscle damage that the face would not move properly?

Thank you!

A: In answer to your custom jawline implant questions:

1) Due to patient confidentiality and the extreme reluctance of young men to allow their pictures to be shown, few public pictures are available.

2) You are referring to the swelling that occurs after surgery of which it usually takes two to three weeks until one looks fairly ‘non-surgical’ in appearance.

3) There is no risk of the face or jaw not returning to normal function/movement after the swelling has subsided. There is no motor nerves in the pathway of its placenta.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana