Orbital Rim Implant Removal

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in orbital rim implant removal. Is it possible to remove OMNIPORE Inferior Orbital Rims Implants? Will be an emptiness there after removing which has to be concealed? How to conceal? What is the earliest/best time to remove them after placing?

A: Omnipore facial implants is just a branded name for porous polyethylene. (Medpor) As such they can be removed just like any other Medpor facial implant. The time to remove them is when you have given the result long enough to really see the final result and have adjusted to it. (2 to 3 months after their placement)

You are correct in assuming that the lower eyelid/midfacial tissues may not return exactly to normal given that a subperiosteal elevation and tissue expansion has been done. Thus thinking about tissue management from the deflation caused by the implant removal is appropriate. What one would do depends on what you looked like before and what your original goals were for having the implants in the first place. Tissue resuspension and some volume coverage with allogeneic dermis is one approach.

I will have my assistant Camille contact you on Monday to schedule a virtual consultation time.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana