Will I Need Pain Medications After Custom Jawline Implant Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am strongly considering getting a custom jawline implant. 

I have a few questions, the first is: will I be prescribed painkillers afterwards or is it possible to forego this?

Also, how long would I need to be out of work after this procedure? Could I get any sort of doctor’s note and do employers usually recognize this as medical leave? 

Would there be any sort of discount to get cheek implants put in at the same time? I assume the cost of getting anesthesia once rather than two separate times (once for jaw, once for cheek) would save some money. 

Finally, how far in advance does this need to be planned? I get my schedule only one month in advance. It’s not a big issue because I can potentially move things around or call out sick, but just wondering. 

Also, I know costs vary but can you give me some idea of the cost of a custom male chin and jaw implant and also the cost of a custom cheek implant? 

Also, I know this is an even more speculative question but what are the chances someone could go from average appearance to “attractive” or “hot” with these types of surgeries? 

Thank you, 

A: In answer to your custom jawline implant questions:

1) The use of narcotic medications after surgery is optional.

2)  How much time you will be off work is highly dependent on your facial appearance. Most patients probably don’t truly feel comfortable being seen in public for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.

3) Doing multiple procedures is always more economical than doing them separately.

4) My assistant Camille would know better about the scheduling process as well as the cost of the surgery.

5) The interpretation of appearance change from any type of cosmetic surgery is as a highly personal one in which I could not provide a quantitative answer based on a theoretical question.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana