I would like to share my experience with surgery I had performed by Dr David Ross of Bayside Plastic Surgery, Melbourne Australia.
Dr Ross affixed a chin 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.
1. one side of my lower lip was being pulled down by the implant;
2. the muscles could not function normally on the left side, and;
3. I couldn't open my mouth fully nor smile properly because the implant was so large.
Dr Ross did not record or take action in relation to all these issues, except for noting my face as "uneven" in my medical file. He sent me home for another two weeks without further consultation. If I wanted the implant removed, he advised I would have to pay . It is well known that the longer an implant remains in position, the further it sets in place and becomes harder to remove. In addition, leaving the implant in (especially one as large as Dr Ross inserted), increases the chance of post-removal complications developing (ie. witches chin deformity).
Despite the fact my face 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". How can an uneven face be caused by an implant "certainly sitting in position", and what patient wants an uneven face?
I consulted with another surgeon who 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 at the time, the second surgeon could not tell if the implant 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 this damage was, however, excruciating.
You can see my story and the result of my surgery with Dr David Ross, at:
(One photo in this post is me after the implant was removed by another surgeon).