Will a Chin Implant Removal create enough loose skin so I can have a Facelift Revision? What about Liposuction?

I have a 1cm medpor chin implant that I was told must be removed (4mm bone erosion on CT scans). In addition for 3 years I have had very visible stretched scars from a facial skin lift that I could not have corrected given lack of skin. Will the chin implant removal create more lose skin so that I could have a facelift redo to correct the scars and pixie ears? If so, how long to wait after implant is out? I need more skin to get the scars corrected.

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Chin Implant Removal

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Dear Clvv,

Thank you for your question. Removing the chin implant with probably not have too much of an affect on the loose skin of the face. I do not think that it will affect your ears, and will probably have little affect on the scars that you would like improved. If you decide to have the implant removed, you may consider doing it at the same time or waiting about 3 months before proceeding with the facial procedure.

Good luck, and please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns!


Dr. P Daniel Ward

Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dear clvv

Thank you for your question! The timing for a revision will depend on the relaxation of your skin- not so much on the chin implant removal.  Your surgeon will have to determine the timing- hard to say without an examination.  With a secondary lift - there is much less skin mobility than is visibly evident.

With Warm Regards

Trevor M Born MD

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 126 reviews


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I am afraid that the removal of a chin implant will not generate a significant amount of loose skin in the area in front of your ears. The skin over the front of the chin may be looser, however, and this may lead to drooping of the chin. You may want to seriously consider something to correct this issue at the time of implant removal.

George Sanders, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant and facelift

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Removing the chin implant will not give enough extra skin to affect a facelift.  However, there are ways of correcting the stretch marks even if there is no significant loose skin.  Removing the chin implant may create sagging of the chin.  There are ways to minimize the chance of this happening. Seek out a consult with a facelift revision expert.  Best wishes.

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Loose facial skin after chin implant removal.

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When the facial implants are placed, whether they be jaw, cheek or chin, the amount of skin tightening or facial soft tissue lifting  obtained is often way less than expected. Another words, overpromised and under delivered. However, sometimes dramatic skin tightening can be achieved as seen in this link below.   Though I have seen many instances of pixie ears and widened scars in and around the ears after a facelift  which  most likely represents excess tension in the  wrong places after the first facelift, simply removing the chin implant will not correct that. To correct those deformities you describe, a revision/secondary facelift needs to be performed to recruit enough skin so that it can be redraped in a tension-free matter in and around the ears.  Simply removing a chin implant will not unveil enough redundant skin to allow a tension free closure during a secondary facelift. Removing   a chin implant in the face of 4 mm of bony erosion will likely result in a droop of the soft tissue component of your chin as well as   a weaker chin profile then what you first started with. 

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Chin implant extra skin

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 removing the chin implant most certainly will not generate much extra skin and not enough to affect your facelift scar revision. It might however make you chin sag

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