I've silicone nasal and chin implants and fear that one day, there will be so much resorption that it will revert to square one. Is my fear warranted? Thanks.
Concerned Over Silicone Nasal and Chin Implants
Doctor Answers (6)
Resorption of Silicone Nasal & Chin Implants
Solid silicone implants will not resorb - they are very stable. I prefer to use the patient's own cartilage because other problems might occur, such as implant movement, but deal with that when and if it happens. In the meantime, enjoy your result.
Silicone implant resorption
Silicone chin and nasal implants are solid silicone and don't resorb at all. On the chin there can be a small amount of thinning of the bone of the mandible but this is usually not significant.
Silicone nasal and chin implants
Neither of these implants shrink however, nasal silicone implants can deviate or extrude if not placed in a proper space and under tip cartilages. They, otherwise are a very good way of enhancing low dorsum when done by an experienced surgeon. Patients with thick nasal tip skin do well with these.
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Silcone chin and nasal implants--resorption will not destroy your results!
When solid Silastic silicone elastomer implants are used for chin and nasal implants, the implants do not change, leak, break down, or reabsorb. The bone upon which these implants rest can indeed show some degree of pressure remodeling, but this is minimal, and the improvements are very long-lasting if not lifetime! You do not need to worry about this. The only thing that goes down is swelling and firmness!
Nasal and chin implants
I suspect you had Silastic (solid silicone) implants. If that is so, have no fear, there is no resorption or shrinkage at all.