For clarification, I didn't spend $16,000 just on chin implant. I also had brow lift, lower eyelid bleph, mid face and neck lift, and neck lipo. I am fairly satisfied overall so far, but trying to be patient with the effects of the chin implant.
I am only 52 and my neck was entirely sagging, although I am not overweight. That was my main reason for consulting with a plastic surgeon. He is board certified, very reputable, and is about to retire soon, so I went ahead with more than I initially planned.
15 days post-op, I am having the same concerns that many on this board have....I have lost my normal, brilliant teethy smile, and my talking/eating is not completely normal because my lower lip does not co-operate. I am hoping I am not one who gives a number to the statistics of those who have this problem permanently. However, like I said, I am trying to be patient and not panic. My ps, whom I trust, says he has never had this condition remain permanent in any of his patients, so I am crossing my fingers and praying.
My next greatest concern is the enormously deep crease that has been created with the chin implant. (So deep that I have to intentionally pull it down to clean that area). I will have to admit, as my ps called my attention to, that I did have somewhat of a crease before surgery (but not so much that I had trouble washing my face in that area :-) If it doesn't significantly change, I am wondering whether I should consider filler in that line and think I will actually have to do that annually for the rest of my life?? (The women in my family have a history of living to 90 years old). Or should I consider having the implant removed completely or replaced with a smaller or do they make one that would be more "tilted down" rather than go straight out at almost a right angle?
I was not that concerned with my receding chin until the ps advised me that was part of the "problem" I was concerned about (which I do understand). I realize that my profile may be somewhat improved with the implant, but it just seems too round, and maybe too large, but the way it "sticks out" is what bothers me (makes the crease). I also think that I liked my front view just as well before the surgery as after (as far as the chin is concerned).
Just for the record, the "before" photos were taken by me of myself, which are never as good as taken by someone else (I don't think I looked "quite" that haggardly :-) ; and the "after" photos were taken at about 10 days post surgery with tons of makeup on to cover bruising; but this is the best I can do to compare apples to apples.
Any thoughts or advice?