How hard is it to remove a chin implant and how long is the recovery?
Chin Implant Removal
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Chin Implant Removal
Chin implants are relatively easy to remove. It is best to wait a month or longer to be sure this is what you want to do. There is very little down time with this procedure. The type of anesthesia used for chin removal can be local or general. Consult with your surgeon to help you with these decisions.
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Dr. David Alessi
Web reference: http://www.facialinstitute.com
Chin Implant removal is usually not technically difficult
If the implant is a silastic implant then it can be relatively easy to remove in the office under local anesthetic. If it is Medpor it can be more difficult. The pocket that is left behind can scar down and create asymmetry that never existed previously. You will also lose the projected appearance of your chin. The down time should be relatively minimal. You should be able to return to work (depending on what you do), in a couple of days and swelling should resolve in a couple of weeks.
Chin implant removal depends on type of implant
As you can see, there are many different types of implants:
- Silicone (smooth surfaced)
The silicone are by far the most popular and quite easy to remove under local.
The others however can be quite complex.
The first step is to find out the type of implant.
The second step is the size. Small implants (5-6mm or projection or less can be easily removed without much consequence). Larger implants may stretch the skin or actually cause bony erosion.
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Chin can look deformed after chin implant removal.
It is extremely easy to remove a chin implant. But that is not the important question. If a chin implant is just removed, the chin afterwards can look bad with dimpling and abnormal movements.
So, if a patient is not happy with a chin implant, I recommend REPLACING it (smaller, different shape, different position). This usually works well.
Preventing deformities after chin implant removal is the important consideration
When you take out a chin implant you need to make sure that the space that is left behind is not too large. If there is a significant space, this could create scar formation and an odd appearance. Sometimes, it is beneficial to put in a smaller implant or a different implant depending on what is concerning you. If you just take it out, the empty area will create deformities of the chin that can look unflattering.
Chin implant removal is ususlly simple and easy with local anesthesia.
All implants are foreign bodies which become coated with an envelope of scar tissue over a short time. This is what ultimately holds chin (or breast) implants in place and symmetrical. After a chin implant is removed, the slick surfaces of the scar capsule must adhere properly to prevent a loose fold of tissue and deformity from forming. It would be normal surgical practice to remove the thin scar tissue layer also so the original chin tissues can heal to each other. This is very critical in removing chin implants that extend around the side of the jawbone. Board certified plastic surgeons would know this whereas lesser trained cosmetic surgeons may omit this important step.
Technically, removal of a chin implant is easy... assuming it is a silastic type implant. Medpor implants can be much more difficult. Recovery is very quick as well. Little of the swelling associated with the initial surgery typically happens.
Patients having their chin implant removed should expect to have their old prolile back. The chin implant may also mask some looseness of the neck, so that when the implant is removed, the neck may appear somewhat looser.
Patients will obviously want to discuss these variables with their plastic surgeon, and go over all their choices, including the possibility of replacing the implant with a more suitable implant.
Chin Implant Removal: Basic Facts
Removal of chin implants depends on two factors:
- Type of implant
- Whether there is ingrowth of tissue into implant
If the chin implant is made of silicone, it is easy to remove the implant. If the implant is made of other substances such as medpore, for example, the tissue will have grown into the implant and thus, the dissection is seldom straightforward.
The other two important aspects of the discussion are whether removing an implant may cause a secondary deformity with drooping of the chin; and whether to remove them from an incision in the mouth or below the chin in the skin.
Web reference: http://www.surgery90210.com/face/26/chin-augmentation.aspx
DIFFICULTY OF CHIN IMPLANT REPLACEMENT DEPENDS ON THE TYPE OF IMPLANT
silicone implants are the easier implants to remove. if you have porous implants, removal is more difficult and sometimes fragments may remain. both implants involve more work should they be fixated with screws.
replacement of implants after surgery, should not be carried out before 3 to 6 months. this will allow adequate time for the swelling to decrease, especially if there have been previous multiple surgeries. on the other hand if the implant is off center or displaced immediately after placement, corrective surgery should be done within the first two weeks if all conditions permit it.
recovery will be longer than the initial chin implant surgery as the swelling lasts longer. within two weeks you will presentable, but the swelling will still be present at a month.
hope this helps
plastic esthetic surgeon
4055 Ste-Catherine Ouest
Chin Implant Removal
That's an important question. Chin implants are removed for a variety of reasons ranging from under correction or overcorrection of the Chin and very rarely infection. Removal of the Chin implant is actually relatively easy and can be done in the clinic under local anesthesia without much fuss. It does depend a little bit on what type of implant you had placed. If it is a smooth sailastic or silicone type implant it slides right out. If it is something made of a more porous material it is still easy to remove the takes a little more dissection.
Hope that was helpful
Chase Lay MD
Web reference: http://chaselaymd.com/Chin_Implant.php
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