My chin revision

Any surgery has potential complications, up to and including death. I know someone who had a wire pop on her genioplasty. It stuck straight out under her skin and was very painful. It was easy to fix, but she spent a weekend in a lot of pain.

In my case, I had a sharp spot along my jawline where the genioplasty was done. From the way it felt, it thought the plate holding the chin bone has shifted or slid a little. This has caused an uneven spot along my jawline. If I rubbed my finger from ear to chin along my jawline, I hit it just as I get to the point on my jaw that's right below the left corner of my mouth. It didn't hurt, it wasn't noticeable, but eventually I'll fix it.

I don't notice any fluctuations in chin sensation based on weather. At 4 months post-op, I still had some very minor swelling along the jaw. Nose is fine but a little itchy inside. All sensation has returned, even the tingly/numb spot in the center of my lower lip. It seems like I have some loose skin under the chin, which I may deal with at a later date. Direct pressure on my chin radiates throughout the resectioned area, and when my toothbrush

On May 4, 1998, I posted a message about a minor complication concerning my sliding genioplasty to reshape my chin. I spoke with Dr. Ousterhout on May 11, 1998, and was told it sounded like one of the stabilizing wires has shifted.

I had spoken to him about fixing it in conjunction with another procedure at no additional surgical cost, but the travel and hospital costs were my responsibility. Others who have had complications, one of which required readmission to the hospital, had to pay for that on their own or through insurance. I would get something in writing if you want any problems fixed for free, and I don't know what his or any surgeon's policies are on this.

Jane writes: "I had a consultation with Dr. O in January [1998], but have not yet done any surgery with him. At that time, he explained to me that if any of his work needed to be fixed there would be no charge for his services, but I would need to pay for any operating room and/or anesthesiologist charges. I didn't get that in writing, but it seems somewhat reasonable to me. "

I suspect that's standard policy with most plastic surgeons, provided it's not just that you "don't like it," but everyone should check with each surgeon, as practices may vary. Keep in mind that O.R. and anesthesia fees comprise the bulk of most surgical bills.

Anyway, it wasn't until he actually went in to correct the sharp spot that he found out it was a bone spur, a harmless but slightly notable protrusion that sometimes occurs. The procedure was quick, as was recovery. It did, however, cost me some cash.

It's good to keep in mind that many plastic surgery patients require some sort of follow-up procedure. I also had a follow-up done on a breast implant done by Meltzer, and I don't think my two minor complications are that unusual.