When Can The Hardware From A Sliding Genioplasty Reversal Be Removed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m interestedIn a genioplasty full reversal but I was wondering if it’s necessary to leave 0-11mm of movement forward because of the genioplasty cutting tool thickness or is it a non factor once the bone heals? I know the hardware also leaves some 1-2mm projection forward during a reversal but I’m still young enough that I’m hoping I can have my hardware removed after a 1 year healing period without significant nerve damage.

A: Your assumptions are correct  on both counts:

1) The thickness of the bone cut with healing will be irrelevant.

2) After 6 months the hardware can be removed. There is no risk of nerve damage from hardware removal.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon