Should I Have Cheek and Jaw Angle Implants Done At The Same Time As My Double Jaw Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, My surgeon wants to do midface / malar implants as well as jaw angle implants during jaw surgery. 

Do you think the smartest choice is to get the jaw surgery first then assess from there how much augmentation I need and where? I hear some people say you should do them separately since you can’t predict soft tissue changes. Especially with the angle implants, I risk the uncanny look.

Thank you so much for your help!

A:Between the increased risk of implant infection and the unknowing of what your exact implant needs are I would never put the two together. Reassess the augmentation needs 3 to 6 months after the double jaw surgery…that is the prudent choice. Never confuse can you do it with whether you should do it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon