I am considering going to LA for jaw implants, however I really don't know how safe they are. They are not cheap, so it would be a massive regret if it turned out they got infected and required removal, not to mention time consuming. I can't find too many cases of them online. Why are they not as common as other procedures? Are they really that likely to become infected？
Are Jaw Implants Really So Likely to Get Infected?
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Jaw implant infections
Fortunately, it is infrequent but it can occur. The literature puts your risk at anywhere from 1% to 4% depending on who's articles you're reading. In any case, simply look for a good Facial Plastic surgeon with experience in implants. If they become infected you'll find out in a few ways.
1) It's obvious within two weeks. Red, swollen, hot, pus. Obvious. Very rare.
2) Similar picture but milder and didn't seem to have an issue until 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. Can just be swelling or suture granulomas so don't freak out.
3) Things seem normal but your swelling lingers for 3 or more months and you feel crummy.
In all most every case you'll need to remove them but you can replace them. There is not certainty or 100% guarantee but the odds are in your favor.
If it's a chin implant going under the chin as opposed to through the mouth helps you odds a bit.
Best of luck
Chase Lay, MD
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