Happier Without the Implant

I had a face lift, chin implant, and lip lift. ...

I had a face lift, chin implant, and lip lift. The implant felt a little strange. I had a great profile,, but everyone thought I looked weird. Then my lip started to droop and I looked like I had a stroke. My lips looked strange when I ate or spoke. I had it taken out yesterday and now I feel like myself again. The drooping lip is better and I feel so much better. There is still swelling and the doctor said to be prepared for my chin to go back, although I'm hoping that some scar tissue will remain. But now I can appreciate the face lift.

Life after disappointment

Day 2 after the implant has been removed. I know that I have tidbits of responses in different parts of this website. I'm not sure how to compile it together, but I feel great and can finally appreciate my facelift because I'm not obsessing over my lip and saying the alphabet twenty times a day. I only say it once or twice a day now just to convince myself that my mouth is working correctly.

Day three withou the implant

I'm still obsessing in the mirror. This implant has definitely taken up too much of my summer. I'm still very swollen and my face is starting to look like a deflating balloon. It's starting to give me buyers' remorse, but the side effects of that implant were making me crazy. Today I looked at the last picture taken of me with the implant and aside from the lip going down, my nostril being distorted in a downward slant, my eyes were also going in two different directions. My right eye looked like it was large, round and looked like it was going to pop out of my head. But I did finally get the profile I always wanted. The distortions haven't gone back to normal. And I hope that the rest of that sentence could be... have not gone back to normal yet. However, my speech has come back and that was really my concern since I am a teacher and school will be starting soon. I don't know what story I will make up at school for my distorted look. I guess if someone asks me what happen, I'll just say that it was the result of dental work. Might as well blame the dentist.
Everyone hates the dentist, and it works better than saying that I had a failed chin implant. I'm hoping that the swelling goes down enough by Monday so I can visit my grandchildren. My speech and facial movements were so off that I was afraid of scaring them. However, I did have a great profile for six weeks. Buyer's remorse?

Day 4 without the implant

Last night I started seeing the "witch's tip". I woke up this morning thinking about the story "The Three Wishes" . A man saves an elf's life and is granted three wishes. He runs home to tell his wife and she wishes for a sausage. The husband is so angry that his wife wasted the wish. He wishes the sausage was hanging from the end of her chin. I thought I would wake up looking like that. But I got a worse surprise. My head is totally square. Like Sponge Bob. Its as if my face was redesigned to fit the implant and now that the implant isn't there my face isn't contouring to anything. Just a big square with two vacant eyes and a crooked smile.

day 5 without...things I wish I knew before the implant

Well I've worn out my husband. He doesn't want to hear about this implant anymore. So this is the only place I can place my thoughts. Today is day 5, my profile if receding somewhat. Actually, if it stayed like this on the side, I would be happy. My face is getting a softer look, but the skin is not sagging. Tomorrow I will be seeing a friend for the first time since the implant removal. I feel I look and sound normal enough to socialize. The distortions on my face are still there, but things are not getting worse. I made a list of the things that I wish I knew before the implant. They are not in any order of importance and may not pertain to everyone. These are just my thoughts.
Unfortunately, a chin implant is not like a breast enlargement. When a woman gets breast enlargement she is able to wear a large bra filled with rice to get an idea about the different way an enlargement might feel. Its too bad you can't go around with an artificial chin before an implant so you can see if you like the change.
Here goes: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE MY IMPLANT
1.Doctors don't understand the psychological connection people have with their chins. I love touching my chin and feeling my hand on my chin. (Only a person with a chin implant can understand what I'm saying.)

2.Make sure you have nothing to do for 3 - 6 months. If you have a job that and you are out in the public expect that you will be going back to work before you are ready.

3. The chin implant pulled my face down and made my eyes look like blank round holes in a bowling ball. I wore my glasses all of the time so people wouldn't notice.

4. Take pictures of yourself before the procedure. Take close up pictures of your face so you know if your features change. Its hard for me to determine how, and if in any way my face has changed because my only before pictures have me smiling and looking good.

5. If your face is asymmetrical, the chin implant will exaggerate it, not mask it.

6. If things go wrong, doctors are not forthcoming with information. They will never admit that something went wrong. I felt like a naughty child that failed a test.

7. Explant is a real word. Ask your doctor what happens if you don't like it. Especially if you went in for a different procedure and the doctor is encouraging you to get the chin done as long as you are there. My doctor was really pissed at me for taking out the implant, however he did pick up the entire cost. I've read about people who suffered for years until they saved up money for explant surgery.

8. The only way to know for certain if there is nerve damage is to remove the implant.---I hate uncertainty.

tomorrow will be one week without thr implant

It's funny how fast a person can forget pain, I 'm glad I recorded everything because I could never remember how miserable I was. I could never believe that I spent the summer obsessing over what happened to my chin. I would literally stand in front of my mirror reciting the alphabet constantly to see if my diction was any better. I would painfully try to get my lips to say the word "pucker" then lay in bed wondering how I could ever work with children again looking like a monster.

So now it is six days since I had the implant taken out. My face distortions are still there. I hope in time it will improve, but it doesn't bother me as much as it did with the exaggerated chin.

My chin has shrunk down to the exact size and shape I would have loved for the surgeon to have done. It's the face I remember, not some kind of distorted image of what my doctor created. I look at my face now and yes its the chin and smile that compares to pictures ten and twenty years ago. I look like an improved me and I love it.

The problem is I don't know how long improvement will stay. My chin is larger and I have definition. No drama or elongated look, No sagging skin. No pain. No obsessing in front of a mirror. Just me living life and feeling a little bit better about myself.

Tomorrow I have my one week visit with my doctor. I want to cry. I can't believe the
chin surgery went so bad and I still feel I have to take the blame. Instead of the sweet welcoming man I saw before surgery, I'm afraid I will see a man who is dismissive and abandoning me as a patient. I have known this plastic surgeon for almost 30 years. He was so angry at me for taking out the implant. I can barely remember all of the words he said to me, but I do vaguely remember him saying not to do anything for six months until the swelling went down and then I could use fillers, but he didn't do fillers. His waiting room is filled with different pamphlets and posters about available fillers. Whose services are they?

One Week Without The Implant

So I had my one week post-op today. I wanted the doctor to see that I appreciated looking better without the implant, so I wore makeup. I know this doesn't make sense to a guy, but women will understand. I went in to the office with the doctor and his nurse and we were all agreeing how beautiful I looked. I apologized if I had been rude in any of my panicking calls to them. And the nurse said don't worry we've had worse failures than yours. The doctor quickly responded that they didn't have any failures. I didn't say anything. I didn't think I needed to, since we all know what has happen in the last seven weeks.

I told my doctor that I loved the chin and look I have now. And of course I asked him how long it would last. The doctor said that scar tissue will form and my chin will be somewhat fuller, but more swelling will be going down.

I asked him about fillers in the future. He said that now is not the time to talk about it.
I apologize again about my craziness. I told the doctor that the implant overtook me like an alien possession. He said that I should see my doctor and get my electrolites
checked.

So tomorrow morning I am going to see my doctor. Have my blood drawn. And check everything. Then I am driving four hours to my daughter's house so I can see my grandchildren. I haven't seen them in two months because I felt I looked like a monster.

On the phone with my husband I was recounting my doctor's visit. I said to him, that the truth is that nobody liked my new look. My husband said, oh no not him. He liked me before and after. To which I reminded him that he told me I looked older with the implant.

I have had a lot of plastic surgeries. As I aged, I have changed anything that was troublesome to me on my face or body. But, I have to admit, the chin implant did me in.

To anyone who has had an implant and it improved your lives, I'm truly jealous.
I don't understand anyone who would have a cosmetic procedure far from where they live. It doesn't make sense to not have the aftercare.

I can never say that I won't have another cosmetic procedure. But, when my profile starts bothering me again and I start to think about chin augmentation, I'm going back to this site so I can remember this journey.
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Excellent

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Thank you for your wonderful updates! What an ordeal. Glad you're happy with your look now and are able to get back out there and see your grandchildren. Happy New Year!
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Hi. I've had braces, the whole works! Could you let me know what these enzymes are you are taking for scar tissue. All the best.
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I guess I figured you probably had braces if you had all the other things done (after I had already posted). But they still maybe able to make small changes to make your lips fit together better. I know they can file a small amount between teeth to make space to move teeth in tighter. Maybe just ask your Orthodontist if there is anything else he can do. I currently am taking Vitalzym. I am taking 6 capsules 2 (or sometimes 3) times a day.
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Hi. Thanks for the reply. Is Vitalzym a brand name? Can you get this from a pharmacy, or is it prescribed by your GP? Sorry, but I'm across the pond in England so never heard of this!
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It's a brand name and your can just google it. There are many sites that it can be ordered from. No prescription needed. My suggestion is start out slow and then increase gradually. I did not feel very well when I started with four capsules so started with two and gradually increased to what I am taking now.
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Hi Eva, one thing I have learned from this experience is that every mm counts. I could not close my mouth either. After some of my swelling and scar tissue has gone down, I can now close my mouth. I have been taking enzymes to address the scar tissue, this may take a while but it has been helping. I use to work in the Orthodontic field as an asst. Have you ever considered braces? they address how the the teeth and the lips fit together as a whole. You could always schedule a consult and find out if there is anything they can do. Even if they can somehow do small changes(which I know they can) it may make a difference in how your lips fit together.
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Hi. Thanks for sharing your experience. Do you have before and afters? I have had double jaw surgery and a sliding backward genioplasty and although very pleased I have been left with the bottom lip that does not fit as close to by teeth as it should. I suppose it is a trade off in the end. I have had a revision of it once where my surgeon attempted to tighten the connection. This helped but I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to make the lip stay tighter in, so if you or anybody has had experience of this please do post. Good luck with it all and I know it can take a long time to finally accept your new look as 'you'.
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Hey Lindanj2, How are things going for you now, after the your chin implant removal?
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Hi simone, My life has returned to normal and nobody has commented on any difference in my face. The scar tissue has definitely left me with an improved chin. It's been seven weeks since I had it removed, and I don't know how much more reduction there will be. My cheeks look very full to me and I'm not totally comfortable with my looks. I think my skin has a somewhat deflated balloon appearance at times. My plastic surgeon is on vacation, so my last visit was with his assistant. She said the scar tissue will remain. That would be fine with me, but I don't understand why that scar tissue would stay when other scar tissues often become less as time passes. My next step is to just wait and see what kind of nonsurgical procedures I can do to get the appearance I want. Whenever I'm in a room of people, the only thing I see is their jawline. Its kind of ridiculous, but I do it anyway. How are you doing?
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Good to hear things are returning to normal for you! I wish I could say the same, but I not sure everything is Ok, I cant close my mouth yet and wonder sometimes if it is the way I was sutured. I think I have a tethered scar that formed at the top of my implant (middle of chin) which was a deep crease with the implant. With the implant now gone it's just a normal crease but that area of my chin has no movement and I think that is what is restricting my lower lip from closing properIy. I had my implant placed via the intra oral approach. So I can't move on from all this til I can figure out how to get proper movement of my lower lip. Been hesitant to call my Dr. because I don't want to deal with another surgery at this point and not sure if he will listen or be able to help. if he is not supportive I may get a second opinion from another PS or maybe even an oral surgeon. But probably need to deal with this sooner than later. I noticed my scar tissue is softer and feels more natural now, which I am happy about, because it was so hard and felt so foreign (almost like the chin implant was still in). Sometimes I like the look of the scar tissue in the chin and then there are times I miss my old chin. I liked my front and 3/4 view without the implant, but my profile now looks more balanced now with the scar tissue, but now my front does not look that great. I just think I had more character before the implant, which I miss at times.
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I just have to add, I look at people's jawline now also. Before the surgery I was not even that aware. Even my husband will comment on people he thinks has an implant either by how they look or by the way they are talking.
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Sorry to hear about your residual scar problem. I guess if it doesn't loosen up with time, a surgeon could cut and stitch it to make it more comfortable. My discomfort with the implant caused me to grind my teeth and one tooth on the bottom of my mouth became very loose. It might just be a coincidence and the tooth would have loosen anyway, but either way I'm seeing a specialist next week. I hope my children aren't expecting an inheritance . Dentists are worse than plastic surgeons when it comes to milking your money.
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Good luck with seeing a specialist and hope you the right answers by seeing one.
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Its good you are continuing to journal hear. Thanks so much for posting the list of things you wished you had known to ask before the surgery. I'm sure that will be very helpful to others!

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I'm so glad you started your story! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better now that you had the implant removed. Are you having to take pain meds, or is the discomfort not too bad?

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Thanks for responding. Support is so important during this process. I don't have any pain. I did get a mid face lift along with the implant, so now I can finally see the good job my doctor did on that. I think my biggest problem is disappointment. This is a surgery that I really wanted since I was 13. I'm not sure why there was a problem, but I think I didn't really expect the implant to be so large. I didn't want to become a model. Years ago the same doctor operated on my daughter. He gave her a nose job and popped the bone from her nose into her chin. Never a problem about what size the implant was. And I never heard of the word explant because I've never heard of a problem. He showed me how he mathematically decided on the size, and then customized the implant. However my face is shaped like an upside down triangle and I think he made an implant that felt like I was wearing an ankle-weight from the bottom of my face. I've been keeping an extensive photo and video journal about this journey and I will post it after the healing is completed in a couple of weeks.
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