Why is long chin even longer now after chin implant?

  • Sad Lana
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2 years ago

Hi there, I need help. I just had a chin implant and neck lipo 11 days ago, and I am so unhappy with it, I cannot stop crying. I had a receding chin from profile view that I always hated, hence the desire for surgery. However, I always loved my face from frontal view, especially when smiling, that's when I always felt at my prettiest. I always felt my chin was too long though. My doctors told me that after implant, my frontal view wouldn't change, but it did in a bad way. My long chin is now even longer after this implant, especially when I smile. Sure my profile has improved, but from the front now, I look horrific, like a man. When I smile, my chin is way too long and pointy vertically. It has completely changed the way I look in an ugly way, when all I wanted was to look prettier. Put aside that my old beautiful smile is practically non-existent (which is beyond depressing in itself), my chin that was already too long before is now even longer. I cannot stand looking in the mirror, and I cry when I see any pictures taken of me. I also cry looking at my old pictures, missing the frontal view of my previously pretty face. I had no idea this surgery would make my chin look longer vertically from the front. I just thought my chin would jut out more horizontally. If the surgeons would have told me that a chin implant, though correcting my profile, might elongate my chin from the front, I would have never gotten it done. I am beyond regretful right now, and full of concerns and questions: 1) Most say chin implant swelling lasts up to 10 days. I am on day 11. Is it possible I still have swelling, and this swelling is creating the elongated frontal view? Or is this just how it's going to look from the front now on? 2) If there still is swelling, and it continues to go down as time passes, how will that reduced swelling affect the frontal view of the chin? Right now, I can't tell that there's any swelling, only numbness. The previous swelling was on the sides of my face, like chipmunk face from wisdom teeth removal, and as that subsides, won't it make chin that much more masculine and v-shaped vs. rounder, shorter, more feminine? 3) My implant was placed from an incision under my chin. Is it possible that the implant was placed too downwards, instead of outwards, which can be causing the elongated frontal chin? 4) Will my smile ever go back to normal really? Some say it's the nerves being stretched that cause this, which I understand. But even so, when the nerves heal, will they still be able to pull at my big smile as they did before while this implant is in? 5) Can I take this implant out without complications? How soon is too soon, how late is too late? I am very nervous that if I take it out, I will get worse nerve damage that will permanently alter my smile, a deformity from the left-over pocket of skin, a witch's chin droopy hanging skin from it getting stretched out, the list goes on and on. To anyone out there who experienced these same issues, or has any knowledge or insight on this, please get back with me, I anxiously await your response. Thank you, Sad Lana

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oops way late, didn't look at the date.. sorry
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oh and the numbness will most likely go away too. They are pulling, stretching and adding. That causes trauma to the nerves but as time passes, it will start to feel as though you came from the dentist and the numbness is wearing off.. it gets all tingly and weird.. at this point(for me at least) everything is back to normal. But when i was where you are(in your healing timeline) i had all of the same issues. try to relax, it will most likely turn out fine:-)
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I had a chin implant and lipo to that area too about 7-8 weeks ago, and while it is possible that they misplaced it, in the sense that it was put in wrong, it is also highly possible that you are still just swollen. For a while i was concerned that i was looking like jay leno. My boyfriend says i was exaggerating but that's what it looked like to me.. at less than two weeks out it is still way too early to tell. Try to relax and see how it changes in the weeks to come, mine is fine now, and i couldn't be happier. It does take a while and swelling doesn't necessarily go down symmetrically or all at once(for a little while the left side was bigger than the right and i was concerned the implant was crooked). Most likely as time goes on it will get better and better, but if it doesn't i can't imagine your doctor wouldn't want to help you get the results you want. Definitely express your concerns to him/her. When you were discussing it with him/her did the possibility of a longer face come up? A responsible doctor will make you aware if a potentially bad result is likely. But if you did your research and liked his/her past results, then trust in your surgeon and give it time.
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Wow.. I was really wanting a ci, too.. & now I am wondering? I want it for my profile.. Since I am over 50 it looks like my chin is going away when I look in pics... from the side and 3/4 views. One ps said he wanted to extend my jaw and go in through my mouth- because he said I could stand to have my chin come down at least 3mm... to be assym. I have already said 'no' to that... That is way to invasive for me. I don't care for the front change either... if it is 1 mm I don't think it would make a difference.. but, I am talking more about having my profile look better. I must have missed your pics.. is there anyway that I can see your before/ after? After reading what you're going through- it makes me wonder... but, I see such great differences in other pics.., It can really improve the look in the pics I have seen.
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also how long did it take for your smile to return
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why don't you get it removed
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what ever happened with your chin and smile? did it ever improve? I am in same boat.
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Hey there. So it's been a year and a half since my chin implant. Luckily, my smile has gone back to normal, but the chin is still long from the front and I still hate the look. It is not going to improve, it's close to two years now, I know it's going to stay like this. My stupid doctor should have told me that it could look vertically longer from the front, I would have never done it because it was already too long to begin with. He said it wouldn't change from the front, he lied. Oh well. I hope your situation improves, I truly do. I'm sorry I couldn't give you better news.
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Hi everyone. I thank you for all the positive encouragement, however, I've never been as regretful about anything as I am about this chin implant that I've gotten.

I'm currently 4 months post op now, and not a single thing has changed since my initial post. I still cannot stand what I've done. I have seen no reduction in swelling, my chin still looks longer from the front, my smile is still abnormal and not as bright as it used to be. This is not the face I wanted.

When I went into this surgery, I was very happy with the way the front of my face looked, I felt truly pretty. The only intention I had was to perfect my profile, as I had always felt self conscious about my lack of chin from the side. I always hid my profile with my hair, never put my hair up, and didn't want anyone looking at me from the side.

This surgery has indeed bettered my profile, but it has affected the front of my face in such a negative way, that I truly do not feel pretty anymore. I cannot stand to take any pictures with my friends or husband, and that feels horrible, because people literally find that offensive ("why won't you take a picture with us?") What do I tell them? Because I can't stand the way I look anymore, and I'll break down in tears if I see it? I can't capture any memories being made with my husband because the moment he shows me the photo, I get into a fit of rage from the disbelief that my face looks like this now, and that I did this to myself, willingly.

I went into this surgery to feel prettier, more confident, better about myself, and I have come out uglier, less confident, and depressed. I can't imagine anything more horrid than spending all this money, time, pain, all to be worse in the end. This fact is truly depressing me in a way that is intolerable. I have never felt such regret and guilt in my life.

I will post pictures of my before and after so you all can see for yourselves. My husband and mother don't agree with me, they say I'm beautiful, they say everything looks great, they say it's a positive change. But at the end of the day, I didn't have this surgery for them, I had it for me, and if I'm this unhappy, it was a huge mistake.

To have faith, I will try and hold on to the hopeful things you've all said, that it takes at least 6 months to heal, etc. But I've made my final decision. If one year passes, and everything still looks the same, and I still feel this horrible, the implant is coming out. And to go through more pain, recovery, more money spent, all to get back to how I looked before (which isn't even guaranteed as my skin could have stretched, dimples form, witches chin, etc.) I can't even stand to think about it. My advice to anyone reading this that is considering a chin implant: DON'T DO IT.

With all my heart,

Sad Lana 
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Did you ever get your implant removed?
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No, I've learned to live with it. I didn't want to mess with it and make it worse. There's risk of nerve damage, too great a risk if you ask me. So I have a new chin I got used to. Do I prefer my old chin? Yes. Am I OK with my new chin? It's become a part of me, I've learned to accept it and feel pretty again. But at the end of the day, years later, I still wish I hadn't touched it.
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I just had my chin done and I hate my face I wish I could rip it out. I feel awful help......
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@Sad Lana--give us an update on your decisions and/or healing process. I am 6+ weeks post chin imp. I am trying to be patient waiting for smile to return.
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what ever happened with your chin implant..i am now 6 week post off and waiting for full smile to return.
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Hi Ima, my smile improved so I'm hoping yours will too. However, it took a while, and my chin still looks longer now than it did before. I am still upset, what can I say. When I have saved more $$$, I am going to look into removing the implant. I wish you all the best and hope your situation turns out better than mine.
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I had a chin imp land and lipoprotein done December 22, 2010 - just over a year ago. Your face will go through many changes this year as it really does take at least a year to fully go away. don't panic yet. Sometimes it's a matter of getting used to the different look - and maybe your chin is not as long as you think it is. In my case, though I look way better, It seems that on the right side, it is not sitting quite right and looks like a shelf or dent. also, it seems like he didn't really get the jowl area that well. I asked him about this in August and he told me the reason for the shelf look is that my face is asymmetrical. I googled other people's results and found others with similar problem or either crooked and they were told the same thing. I've come to the conclusion that that is code for "I screwed up!". when I asked him about the jowls - I'm only in my 40's and not overweight, he said that they would be done in a facelift surgery. but I had paid to have NY chin and neck done. He actually did thelipo incisions behind my ears so He had to have passed through the jowl area with the lipo thing,
Overall, the difference is pretty dramatic but I think if the ski was tighter it would help the shelf look. he offered Mex therapy shots to melt fat and tighten the skin for 75.00. I will do it but feel like the job was not completely done correctly or completely in the first place.
Your muscles will take about 3-6 weeks to come back. I had a crooked smile for quite a while.
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That is supposed to say 'my' chin and mesotherapy. darn these IPAD2's that make corrections whether you want them or not.
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Hi there,

I just commented on your review. Again, I'm so sorry you're not happy with your chin implant! You might want to edit this a little, add a photo, and a post it as a question to doctors who can hopefully give you some good input.

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