Significantly Smaller Smile - Temporary?

Pros: Great profile, makes me look more masculine,...

Pros: Great profile, makes me look more masculine, elongates face

Cons: Recovery and pain, smaller smile, don't know if it was worth the money

Why I did it: Have always been self-conscious about my profile and have a career in television broadcasting

Okay, so I may be overreacting, but this is a good question for anyone considering a chin implant. I am a week post-op, and while I am still numb and a bit swollen, I've noticed that my smile is completely different. It's not like other posts I've seen where the patient has a crooked smile. My issue is that I used to always be very toothy, and now I'm lucky if I can just show the top row of teeth.

Once the chin becomes less stiff, will I get my...

Once the chin becomes less stiff, will I get my picture perfect smile back? Or now that the chin implant is set in place, will I have more limited control of my lips? I'm really hoping it goes back to normal, because now I smile and it's ALL chin and no teeth.
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did your smile fully return to normal??
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Wow new profile looks fantastic.
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Just wanted to give an update. The implant kept getting infected and I had to have it removed. Definitely only go to a board-certified plastic surgeon who will insert it beneath the chin (not orally). It's not worth the pain. I 100 percent regret my decision.
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wow, thats a remarkable difference..you look great though. Upon reading your firt comments regarding the swelling, etc I can see why. He obviously used a quite large implant so I could not being able to have flexibility for awhile. About how long did it take for your smile to come back?
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Great smile, CrazyKid!
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Wow, your chin looks marvelous and the smile is gorgeous. I had a chin implant 6 weeks ago and it's still significantly stiff. I'm praying that the flexibility will come back, because right now I can't show a nice "curve" on the bottom lip when I smile. Did you still have stiffness after a couple months?
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Have you gotten the flexibility back in your lower lip? I got my implant on 11-11-09 and still can't get that curve in my lower lip when I smile. I am just sick about it because I spent $15,000 on veneers before the implant. My lower lip curves up over my lower teeth when I smile. I am very disappointed with my result. My ps says there is no physiological reason for this and nothing can be done
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i think you look very great! better than before. it worths :)
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who was your surgeon? you have a great smile!
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Thanks itslee! The swelling actually went down COMPLETELY and I am LOVING the new look. I need to figure out how to revise this post, because I am very pleased with my results. I know that my smile will never be the same, but the fact that I have a profile is great. For anyone considering this surgery, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stay off of these boards for at least a month. It takes a lot of time to heal and see the real new look!
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I don't know if this will help at all, but I like the after pic a lot! Maybe as the swelling goes down, the smile will "widen"? You should check with your doc, but just wanted to say it does look good.
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