Should I Change My Medpor Chin Implant Due To Concerns About Infection?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am concerned about long term infection with a Medpor chin implant. I had a medpor chin implant placed one year ago and I’m worried about the infection possibility of the implant. Is it beneficial to switch this into a silicone implant now?

A: By your description you have an existing Medpor chin implant but without any previous or current signs of infection. If it has been one year since its placement and you have never yet had an infection, I would just leave to alone if it is aesthetically satisfying. The risk of any implant infection is almost exclusively in the perioperative period. (first three months) Once past that time period the risk of infection is so low that it is not worth removing and switching it to any other implant material.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana