Chin Implant Recovery

What aftercare do I need once I get a chin implant.  When can I return to work?  Worried about bruising

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What's the recovery after a Chin implant?

I have performed Chin augmentation with chin implants for over 20 years and:

  1. Only use an incision, under the chin, never through the mouth to place the chin implant
  2. Do not secure the chin implant with sutures or screws
  3. Do not recommend using a strap or wrap across the chin area which, IMHO, could cause the chin implant to move
  4. Recommend patients do not touch the chin implant for 1 month
  5. Recommend patients sleep on an airline style U-shaped pillow for 1 month
  6. Recovery is quite quick, with majority of swelling and bruising gone at 1 week
  7. The mouth, smile etc. will feel restricted which improves over the subsequent several months
  8. The chin implant should be completely healed at 3-4 months
  9. Numbness, if any, resolvs over several months

 Hope this helps.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant Recovery

A strong chin and clean jawline is an extremely attractive feature in both men and women.
Chin implant with or without liposuction is one of the best buys in cosmetic facial surgery.
The operation can be performed under local or light sedation anesthesia in one hour.
Recovery is short and many patients are back to work in 5 days.
Chin implants look very natural.  Friends and family think you have lost weight not had plastic surgery.
Finally, chin implants are reversible!.  A great procedure for patients with weak or double chins.

Steven Hopping, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Implant Recovery

Those are great questions. A Chin Augmentation is a relatively short procedure and prospective patients gain the benefits of a smooth recovery time. I instruct patients to leave all bandages and splints in place for one week and get plenty of rest. Patients must refrain from lifting anything greater than 5 pounds and rigorous activity for 6 weeks to allow proper healing. Patients could return to work in 1 week and could expect to be minimally swollen for the first couple weeks. The swelling will gradually decrease and go away over time. Bruising is actually very minimal in Chin Augmentations. Essentially after one week, no one will know you had it done. I hope this information has helped you with your decision.

Rady Rahban, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant recovery

Recovery after a chin implant is usually minimal. Aftercare involves several brief office visits with your surgeon to monitor healing. A small amount of swelling and bruising is normal, and most surgeons place a dressing on the chin for the first five days. Most patients are able to return to work after a week.

Vito C. Quatela, MD
Rochester Facial Plastic Surgeon
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chin implant recovery

 In our practice, we perform chin implants under local anesthesia. Patients are able to drive themself home after the implant has been placed. Expect visible swelling to last approximately 10 days after the procedure. Full healing takes approximately 2-3 months for the implant to settle in. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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​Recovery after Chin Implant

Recovery after Chin Implant

Recovery from chin augmentation surgery will vary with the the type of implant and incision

used, and whether other procedures were done at the same time. The chin augmentation

recovery process is not considered to be painful relative to other surgeries; oral medication

will control pain for the first few days, and after that no pain medicine is typically needed.

The evening of your surgery date, your lower lip and mouth may feel numb immediately, as if

you’ve been to the dentist. As sensation returns, your lower jaw will feel tight and sore '

from your body’s natural swelling response. It is at this point that you can take your pain

medication, if necessary. You are encouraged to engage in light activity.

If your implant was placed through an incision beneath your chin, the sutures (if they

are not self dissolving) will be removed after 5–10 days. If your chin augmentation was

performed through the mouth, you will be on a liquid or soft-foods diet for a few days while

your mucosal skin heals. You will rinse your mouth out regularly to keep the incision clean.

The sutures will dissolve on their own over the course of a few weeks.

You will experience an odd sensation in your chin for a time while your nerves return to

their normal function.

Chin Implant Recovery

A chin implant is reasonable and can be placed in through a submental incision or an intraoral incision. This may cost $3000 to $4000 or so. This is generally a well tolerated procedure with few complications. There is usually very little bruising and swelling. If your work is not physically demanding you can return to work in a couple of days or so depending upon how you feel.

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Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Chin Implant Aftercare

You definitely want to make sure you avoid pressure or trauma to the lower jaw region. Cold compresses are recommended in the first 72 hours and help to minimize swelling and bruising. Many patients choose frozen peas for this purpose since they are lightweight and conform to the chin area. Skin sutures, if present, under the chin are removed around day 5. I will routinely evert the skin edges, meaning the skin will tent up a little from the surrounding tissue. This is done on purpose so that the scar heals flat as time goes on. This process may take several weeks to occur. Usually by 10 days most patients are publicly presentable.

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You want to make sure that you don't receive any...

  • You want to make sure that you don’t receive any trauma to the chin region.
  • Understand that your smile will be asymmetric for a while following surgery.
  • Massage the inicision under your chin with vitamin A oil to help soften it.
  • Use scar gel or some type of anti-scar ointment on your chin scar.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin implant recovery

Thank you for your question. After care following a chin implant is actually very straightforward and quite tolerable for most patients. You will most likely be wrapped in a soft compressive dressing for 24 hours, and will need to ice the area around the clock for the same time period, as this will significantly decrease post-operative swelling and cut down on recovery time. You will have an incision underneath your chin with sutures that will be removed in the office 1 week following your surgery. Suture lines should be cleaned 2-3 times a day with mild soap and water, followed by a generous application of antibiotic ointment, until sutures come out. Bruising and swelling is generally self-limited, and patients are quite socially acceptable within 7-10 days of surgery and often return to work. We advise that patients refrain from any aerobic exercise for 2 weeks, and any high-impact exercising for 3 weeks. The final cosmetic result can often be appreciated at the 3 month mark once most of the swelling and bruising has resolved.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.