Is My Sliding Genioplasty Fixation Stable Enough To Resist Coughing and Sneezing Early After Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I recently got a sliding genioplasty with vertical, horizontal, and widening advancements. My question is, how stable are the titanium plates used to secure my chin in the first 48 hours after surgery. I have been coughing and sneezing a lot and also accidentally bumped my chin once which put a lot of pressure on it. Since I have recently gotten the procedure and (assuming) no new bone has been formed, is there a chance the chin could’ve been displaced? Or are the titanium plates used to secure the chin already very secure immediately after surgery?

A:This is really a question for your surgeon who did the surgery since i would have no idea as to the exact bony movements done and the hardware applied to secure them.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon