How Long Should I Wait After Jaw Angle Reduction To Restore Them With Custom Jaw Angle Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had an orthognathic surgery of both my jaws along with mandibular angle reduction, I am positive that I want to restore my angles with implants, however I had screw removal surgery just now and my surgeon told me to wait for healing before having any other surgery at the same site, though he did not specify any particular time period. I would want to know as to how long I should wait before having implants to restore the angle. Given the covid scenario I’m definitely going to wait 6 months more for now, but should I wait upto one year as repeated surgery at the same site does increase chances of infection, and just to be safe in general. It’d be very helpful if you could tell me how long exactly I should wait, I’m willing to be as patient as necessary, just want to avoid any risks. 

Also I’d like to know the price difference between standard and custom made implants (custom made to be the same size as standard ones but more accustomed for slight asymmetry). A rough idea for that would be very helpful. 

A: In answer to your jaw angle implant questions:

1) From the standpoint of incisional integrity and healing, six months would be an adequate amount of time from your last surgery.

2) My assistant Camille will pass along the cost differences between standard vs custom jaw angle implants.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana