Will My Face Rerturn To Normal After Malar And Premaxillary Implant Removals?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I had implants for submalar augmentation placed through mouth on September 2nd and then had them removed one month later. I also had a small premaxillary implant put in through the nose. I removed them because they were too big and the premaxillary implant changed the way my nose looked. The implants have been out for one week. I know that some of the undesirable effects were swelling and that I didn’t give them a real chance. But the anxiety they were causing me on a daily basis was too much. I can’t find any information as to why my nose looks different still after removal, it is wider and the nostrils look rounder and slightly more upturned. Is it possible it won’t go back to pre op look? Could scar tissue have formed that quickly or is it just swelling and if so when should I expect it to truly resolve. The cheeks and lower face are still very swollen also, will this eventually return to pre op look also given that they were in and out so quickly? When can I expect to look like me again? My muscles are a bit tight but overall seem to be functioning without any issues to the nerves and I can smile. Thanks and I look forward to your response.

A: Certainly one week after implant removal, there will be residual swelling and facial distortions. By your own admission you know this and it will take several months before you can judge the final outcome. I would have no doubt that the cheeks area will return completely to normal. Whether the nasal base will is unknown. In placing premaxillary implants the attachments to the nose around the pyriform aperture and the anterior nasals spine are disrupted. This may cause the nostrils to end up slightly wide than before but this is a possibility not a certainty.You must wait three months after facial implant surgery, either after their placement or removal, before seeing the final results.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana