Large, Off-centre, Protruding Chin Implant - Melbourne, AU

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I was seeking a small augmentation from my Surgeon...

I was seeking a small augmentation from my Surgeon and I ended up with an huge implant which was crooked and the arm of the implant was pushing out my cheek. I couldn't move the muscles in my chin properly and it was twisting my lower lip out of shape. The implant was in for about 12 days before I had another surgeon remove it. However, I still ended up with the permanently stretched skin; That is, it's not as tight on the bone as it was prior to surgery.

Hospital report noting implant 15mm left of dental midline and entirely anterior to bone

Australia Plastic Surgeon

I sought a minor chin augmentation from Dr David Ross. He affixed my implant entirely on top of my chin rather than around it (according to the hospital report written by the independent removing surgeon), and it was attached to my face 1.5cm off centre (again, according to the hospital report). This resulted in: 1. my lower face being twisted out of shape (increased projection on the left side) and; 2. one of the arms of the implant pushing out my cheek, causing the skin to tent. Dr Ross not recognise or take action in relation to all these problems (except for noting the implant as "uneven"), instead sending me home for another two weeks without further consultation. He refused to remove the implant despite my pleas. He advised I would have to pay further fees to have it removed in a couple weeks if I so desired, with such arrangements being put in place by his secretary. It is well known that the longer an implant is left it the further it sets in place and becomes harder to remove, plus the greater the chance post-removal complications developing (ie. permanently stretched skin). Despite the fact the implant was uneven and Dr Ross noting this in his file, he wrote to my GP and said the implant was "certainly sitting in position" and that I was "psychologically upset", and that in time he hoped I would become more "accepting" of the outcome which he felt had achieved my "stated goals". I consulted another surgeon given Dr Ross would not take immediate action to rectify the problems and that surgeon arranged removal of the implant the following working day. This surgeon noted all the problems I was experiencing. The implant was having such a profound effect on me, the second surgeon could not tell if it was causing the movement disorders, or whether I had suffered permanent nerve damage which was preventing the normal function of my lower face and lip . Fortunately, once the implant was removed, it was established the implant was at fault and I had not suffered permanent nerve damage. The wait to find out whether I had suffered permanent nerve damage was, however, excruciating. I hope you find my review and photos helpful.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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