Do the Plates and Screws Need To Be Removed After A Sliding Genioplasty?

Dr. Eppley, I wonder if it is necessary for me to remove the titanium plate after a sliding genioplasty?

After mentoplasty, I have no discomfort except for occasional acne. However, I am concerned that an accidental impact might cause the titanium plate to loosen, leading to infection. Should I consider removing the titanium plate around one year after the surgery?

A: There is no compelling reason to remove the hardware after a bony genioplasty…unless there are symptoms associated with it. (pain, sensitivity, loosening, temperature sensitivity)

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon