How Long After Masseteric Muscle Dehiscence Can A Repair Be Successful?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Generally how long is too long for masseteric muscle dehiscence repair? I’ve read on your website that elapsed time since the tear is one of many factors that will determine whether the procedure can be successful.

A: Due to the rapid onset of muscle fibrosis the reality is by the time masseteric muscle dehiscence is fully recognized after jaw angle implant surgery it is almost too late even then. While there is no exact time frame as to when it is too long  it is fair to say that there is a linear correlation between occurrence and surgical repair success…the longer the time between occurrence and repair the less successful it will be.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon