Estimated Chin Implant Recovery Time?

I searched the internet about getting a chin implant and all I seem to see are bad experiences and horror stories. Or, is it mostly just unhappy people that flock to those message boards?

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Recovery after Chin Implant Placement

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After doing chin implant surgery for 35 years I can tell you that I had 1 infection 30+ years ago when I was placing the implants through the mouth; I've not had an infection since. One other patient had nerve irritation after placement so I removed the implant and later replaced it without any problems. My experience with this procedure is not unique; most of the surgeons responding on this site will say that there is truly minimal risk with this operation. After 10 days post-op there will be minimal swelling, but chin definition will continue to improve for several months.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery time from chin implant

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The chin implant operation is a procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia.  It can also be performed under general anesthesia if the patient wishes to do so. The implant is inserted through a small ½ inch incision underneath the chin and placed directly over the bone.  It takes approximately half an hour to perform the procedure.  Most patients have approximately 10 days of bruising and swelling afterwards.  Full healing from the implant takes approximately 2 months, before which is when visible swelling has disappeared.  When performed correctly, the complication rate is much less than 1%.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Estimated Chin Implant Recovery

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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, 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.

Risks of chin implants

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Chin implantation is a safe procedure that usually results in a happy patient with a quick recovery, less than 2 weeks. It is necessary to wear a supportive garment for the first week full time, then one more week at night.  I have done revisions usually because the implant was too big (especially in women), crooked and even after nerve damage. Make sure you go to a surgeon that you like and is comfortable with this procedure-it shouldn't be a bad experience.

Edmund Fisher, MD
Bakersfield Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Chin implants average recovery time is 1 week

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Chin implants have improved over the years. A chin implant can make such a great difference visually on anyone, but especially on a male, providing a more balanced, masculine jawline and profile. It is one of the easiest surgeries with the lowest complication rates and one of the best self-confidence boosters around. Our patients love the difference it makes and consider it to definitely be a worthwhile surgery. The recovery is generally easy, and most of our patients are back to work 1 week following the procedure. The incision is made under the chin, and the stitches come out in 5-7 days.

Of course, the most important thing is to consult a reliable, experienced facial plastic surgeon. Look for a clinic that has a VECTRA 3D imaging system, which simulates the expected results so you can preview what you will look like as the result of a chin implant.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

Recovery after chin implant surgery

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Chin implants begin to heal almost immediately. I prefer the lower chin incision as there is minimal injury to the mucosa inside the mouth.  I would say the typical recovery is a few days.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Chin Implant surgery

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The operation is straight forward and if done correctly should give a great result!! The recovery is a full year for final results but at six weeks most of the swelling is gone. Depending on your surgeon you will have supportive tape for about a week! By 3 weeks gradual activity and exercise should be fine!


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Chin implant recovery time

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As a facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta who has been performing chin implantation for close to 10 years, I have had one infection that was easily treated with antibiotics.  We've never had to remove an implant and patients are universally happy with the procedure.  Most of my colleagues also find them to be well accepted by their patients.  

Chin implant recovery in general lasts 2 weeks. The first week you have to take it easy without any strenous activity or bending over. If you have a chin incision, then taking care of the incision with antibiotic ointment and peroxide is important several times a day. If the incision is in your mouth, then rinsing your mouth with the antiseptic solution recommended by your doctor several times a day, plus a soft diet for a week, is recommended.

On day 7, you can work out, bend over, lift heavy objects, and use makeup. However, you will still have bruising and swelling that will be obvious to others. On day 14, you will be able to be out and about and acquaintances will not know you had anything done including coworkers. To you, your chin will still look large. Your perspective will improve at 21 days as the swelling subsides and you start to appreciate the shape of your new chin. By 28 days, patients are ecstatic with their results.

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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