If you’re considering chin augmentation through the use of chin implants, you likely have many questions about the procedure, recovery, and long-term results. Here are some frequently asked questions about chin implants, answered by expert facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Stallworth:
1. What are chin implants made of?
Chin implants can be made from several biocompatible materials that are safe to use in the body. In my practice I use implants typically made of medical-grade silicone. These are smooth, flexible but firm, feel and look natural, and are tolerated well by the body.
2. How long do chin implants last?
Chin implants are designed to be permanent and should last a lifetime. There are, however, always risks of implant displacement over time, which may require removal or replacement. Infection or exposure are also always a possibility with any implant. However, these are extremely rare when placed under sterile conditions by an experienced and skilled surgeon.
3. How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preferences and the extent of the surgery. An incision is made either under the chin or inside the mouth, and the implant is inserted and secured in place. I place all implants through an incision under the chin. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but I find the risks of things like nerve injury, malposition, and infection are far less through an external incision.
4. What is recovery like after chin implant surgery?
Recovery from chin implant surgery typically takes about one to two weeks. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the first few days after surgery, but these symptoms can be managed with pain medication and proper care. It does take time for swelling to decrease and the tissues to soften (generally approximately 6 weeks), but normal activity will be resumed much sooner after surgery.
5. Will I have visible scars after chin implant surgery?
The incisions made during chin implant surgery are typically small and well-hidden, so scarring is usually minimal and not visible after healing. Because the implants are flexible, they can be placed through a small access incision in a naturally occurring skin crease below the chin. These heal beautifully well and are very inconspicuous.
6. Can chin implants be removed if I change my mind?
Yes, chin implants can be removed if the patient decides they no longer want them or if there are complications that require removal.
7. Are there any risks or complications associated with chin implant surgery?
Like any surgery, there are risks associated with chin implant surgery, such as infection, bleeding, or implant extrusion or implant displacement. However, these risks are rare and can be minimized with proper surgical technique and aftercare. (Always pick a top-rated surgeon for any procedure!)
8. How long does it take to see the final results of chin implant surgery?
You will see some immediate improvement in the appearance of your chin after surgery, but it may take several weeks or even months for the swelling to fully subside and for the final results to be fully visible.
Ready to take on next steps towards surgery?
If you’re considering chin implant surgery, it’s important to discuss your goals and concerns with an experienced plastic surgeon. At Texas Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stallworth can help you explore your options and develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
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