Will The Intraoral Scar Look Worse If I Replace My Chin Implant With A Sliding Genioplasty?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I asked this question because I have had intraoral incision before for the Medpor chin implant. The intraoral scar looks no good.

I was wondering if it’s possible to remove the implant and use sliding genioplasty after it completely healed? Will the intra oral incision again makes the scar worse? I heard some people described its like glue in the mouth…


A: In answer to your questions about sliding genioplasty:

1) Generally the intraoral incision would not look worse. But that statement is said on a general basis as I have no idea what your intraoral scar looks like. Suffice it to say it would probably not look better but slash probably not worse. 

2) While you can certainly stage the implant and the sliding genioplasty it would make more sense to put the two together since chin implant removal provides all the access for the sliding genioplasty.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana