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How is a Chin Implant Secured?

Does a chin implant move around or is it secured?

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Chin Implant fixation

Chin implants are secured by placement inside a well-fitted pocket and anchoring it to surrounding tissue so it doesn't move. I also use a permanent stitch  to hold it in the midline position for silicone implants and for Medpore implants  a scew is used.The incision is then closed, and in 30 to 45 minutes the procedure is done, unless the patient has requested other procedures as well.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant

How it is secured depends on implant used and surgeon preference. Some prefer to use bone screws while others just place in a very tight pocket incision and not secure to the bone.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Implant Movement

The risk of chin implant movement is very minimal and will not shift if it is secured with implant screws. You are still able to remove the implant if you choose to later in life but this ensures there is no chance of movement unless sever trauma occurs to your facial structure.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant is held in place with normal scar tissue

If the chin implant pocket is precisely made, the implant will not move.  Normal scar tissue forms around the implant and I tell my patients that they could be a boxer in as few as 6 weeks.  In other words, you would have to be hit in the jaw so hard, that you would break your jaw before you would move the implant.

I rarely would screw an implant in place, but there are some Doctors who prefer that technique.  Discuss this in detail with your surgeon.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Implant mobility

Implants may be secured by suture or in some cases bone screws depending on the type of implant.  In some instances the pocket made for the implant will hold it in the right position.  I do believe it is best to secure the implant in the proper position to prevent migration.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant Fixation

Fixation of chin implants is something that each surgeon does differently depending on experience, the method of insertion and the type of implant used. I use a bendable implant that can be put in through a small opening into a very tight pocket. Once the opening into the pocket is closed, the implant cannot move, and I have never had one move. Instead of concentrating on the specifics of the procedure, find out what the surgeon’s experience is and whether he/she gets the results you desire with minimal problems.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant Technique

When a chin implant is placed a precise pocket is formed involving both the bone and the layer of tissue just above the bone.  Whether the surgeon fixates the implant or not is entirely surgeon preference and not something that the patient really has to worry about.  Try not to worry too much about the individual steps of the surgery.  Find a surgeon that you like and trust and let them decide how to perform the surgery.  Good luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chim Implant Methods Of Fixation

The use of any form of securing chin implants varies amongst surgeons. Many surgeons allow the size of the pocket to be the method of keeping the implant in its desired place. Other surgeons will use a resorbable suture placed between the midline of the implant to the midline of the lower jaw tissues. A minority of surgeons will use the most secure method, a screw through the implant into the bone, to provide chin implant fixation. This is my desired method in many chin implants as keeping the implant low on the edge of the chin bone is aesthetically desireable for many patients to add a little vertical height increase as well.

Chin Implant Movement

The risk of chin implant movement is minimal when the implant is placed in a precise pocket and/or fixed with a suture or screw. This is a rare complication. Once the patient has healed, it would take severe force which could break the jaw, to move the implant.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is a chin implant mobile after placement?

Chin implants are placed is a precisely formed pocket such that it shouldn't be able to shift once the area has healed.

Some surgeons secure the implant itself with sutures or a screw. I typically used a dissolveable suture to temporarily secure the implant to the overlying soft tissue.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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