Do jaw or chin implants have to be replaced every so years?

This might sound strange but i was wondering if a jaw implant is similar to breast implants to where they have replace them every now and then. Do jaw implants stay there permanently or do you have replace them every now and again to avoid infection or any type of trouble. Thank you so much for your help, and hope this question doesn't sound too odd.

Doctor Answers 6

Jaw Implants

Unlike breast implants, facial implants are made of solid materials that will not break down or degrade. Thus they will never need to be replaced to 'wearing out'.

Do jaw or chin implants have to be replaced every so years?

 Hi, I have performed many facial implant surgeries (Cheek Implants, Chin Implants) over the past 30 years and the silastic implants are soft, solid material that will not leak or wear out making them a permanent option for facial shaping and contouring.   I have performed many Chin Augmentations using chin implants for over 30 years.  A weak chin creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin.  Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face. 

 I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick, highly effective and far less invasive than a sliding genioplasty.  I perform chin implant surgery in 30 minutes or less, often using a local anesthetic alone.  

Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Do jaw or chin implants have to be replaced every so years?

Chin implants do not leak as breast implants do and a thick capsule the bane of breast implant surgeons is actually desireable for facial implants. So many implants stay for life. Sometimes either because of infection, shifting of the implant or thinning of overlying skin, that comes with aging, reoperation is needed.

Curtis Perry, MD
Downey Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

chin, jaw, cheek implants

Chin, jaw, and cheek implants are all composed of Silastic and offer a permanent augmentation. They do not need to be replaced. Silastic  is a solid silicone product that can be custom carved and is well accepted by the body. In our practice, chin implants are placed under local anesthesia through a submental incision, while cheek and jaw implants are placed through an intraoral incision under brief general anesthesia. We have been using Implantech silastic cheek and chin implants for over 25 years an excellent success rate. For more information, diagrams of the implants themselves, and many before-and-after results, please see the link and the video below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Do Jaw/Chin Implants Have to be Replaced Periodically Like Breast Implants?

No. Breast implants are filled with saline or gel which may leak after placement. Chin/jaw implants are solid and will last a lifetime unless there are problems such as movement which are very rare.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Replacing implants

Good question! Jaw and chin implants do not have to be replaced, save for if they get infected (from dental work, trauma, etc) or create bone erosion, or you simply do not like the way it looks any longer. There is no need to remove them and replace them like breast implants.  Best of luck.

Miguel Mascaro, MD
Delray Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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