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Is the Chin Not As Strong with an Implant in Place?

If the chin implant gets hit by someone during a fight, will the implant break or move around?

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Chin strength after implant

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after a few months when scar tissue has formed a capsule over the implant it is nearly as strong as before


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Strength of Chin Implants

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Depending on what your surgeon likes to use, chin implants can be flexible (silicone) or solid with characteristics similar to plastic. None of these are particularly brittle. The flexible ones can withstand a lot of blunt trauma (your skin will get damaged long before the implant will). In the case of the more rigid implants, I would think that any force strong enough to crack the implant would probably cause a jaw fracture as well.

It is possible to have a chin augmentation without using a synthetic implant (splitting the bone and moving a segment forward). In this case, right after the surgery you would be at higher risk for a jaw fracture from a fight. Depending on how much bone overlap and callous formation is expected, in the long term your jaw could be weaker, the same, or stronger. (Discuss this with your surgeon.)

I hope that helps.

Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Know what your implants are made of.

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This really depends on the makeup of the implant. Implants can be fabricated from silicone gel, PTFE, Porous polyethylene, woven polypropylene mesh, hydroxyapatite, bone, etc.

Depending on the composition of the implant it is possible that it can fracture or break. However, the vast majority of implants will not break and are quite durable.

Discuss your implant concerns with your surgeon and make sure you are well aware of the brand, size, shape and composition.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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