How hard is it to remove a chin implant and how long is the recovery?

How hard is it to remove a chin implant and how long is the recovery?

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Chin implant removal depends on type of implant

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As you can see, there are many different types of implants:

  1. Silicone (smooth surfaced)
  2. Medpor
  3. PTFE
  4. Mesh
  5. Hydroxyapatite.

The silicone are by far the most popular and quite easy to remove under local.

The others however can be quite complex.

The first step is to find out the type of implant.

The second step is the size. Small implants (5-6mm or projection or less can be easily removed without much consequence). Larger implants may stretch the skin or actually cause bony erosion.


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silicone implants are the easier implants to remove. if you have porous implants, removal is more difficult and sometimes fragments may remain. both implants involve more work should they be fixated with screws.


replacement of implants after surgery, should not be carried out before 3 to 6 months. this will allow adequate time for the swelling to decrease, especially if there have been previous multiple surgeries. on the other hand if the implant is off center or  displaced immediately after placement, corrective surgery should be done within the first two weeks if all conditions permit it.


recovery will be longer than the initial chin implant surgery as the swelling lasts longer. within two weeks you will presentable, but the swelling will still be present at a month.


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Carlos Cordoba, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Chin Implant Removal

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Hello there,

Chin implants are relatively easy to remove.  It is best to wait a month or longer to be sure this is what you want to do.  There is very little down time with this procedure.  The  type of anesthesia used for chin removal can be local or general.  Consult with your surgeon to help you with these decisions.

Best of luck,

Dr. David Alessi

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Chin Implant removal is usually not technically difficult

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If the implant is a silastic implant then it can be relatively easy to remove in the office under local anesthetic. If it is Medpor it can be more difficult. The pocket that is left behind can scar down and create asymmetry that never existed previously. You will also lose the projected appearance of your chin. The down time should be relatively minimal. You should be able to return to work (depending on what you do), in a couple of days and swelling should resolve in a couple of weeks.

Todd C. Miller, MD
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Generally easy

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Technically, removal of a chin implant is easy... assuming it is a silastic type implant. Medpor implants can be much more difficult. Recovery is very quick as well. Little of the swelling associated with the initial surgery typically happens.

Patients having their chin implant removed should expect to have their old prolile back. The chin implant may also mask some looseness of the neck, so that when the implant is removed, the neck may appear somewhat looser.

Patients will obviously want to discuss these variables with their plastic surgeon, and go over all their choices, including the possibility of replacing the implant with a more suitable implant.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 188 reviews

Chin implant removal is ususlly simple and easy with local anesthesia.

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All implants are foreign bodies which become coated with an envelope of scar tissue over a short time. This is what ultimately holds chin (or breast) implants in place and symmetrical. After a chin implant is removed, the slick surfaces of the scar capsule must adhere properly to prevent a loose fold of tissue and deformity from forming. It would be normal surgical practice to remove the thin scar tissue layer also so the original chin tissues can heal to each other. This is very critical in removing chin implants that extend around the side of the jawbone. Board certified plastic surgeons would know this whereas lesser trained cosmetic surgeons may omit this important step.

James S. Beckman, MD
Fayetteville Plastic Surgeon

Chin Implant Removal: Basic Facts

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Removal of chin implants depends on two factors:

  • Type of implant
  • Whether there is ingrowth of tissue into implant

If the chin implant is made of silicone, it is easy to remove the implant. If the implant is made of other substances such as medpore, for example, the tissue will have grown into the implant and thus, the dissection is seldom straightforward.

The other two important aspects of the discussion are whether removing an implant may cause a secondary deformity with drooping of the chin; and whether to remove them from an incision in the mouth or below the chin in the skin.

Removal of chin implant is straightforward if it's silicone

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It is a very straightforward procedure to remove a chin implant.  If it's a solid silicone implant, it can typically be performed under local anesthesia in about a half hour.  Porous implants can take a little longer, but they can still be removed without much difficulty.  The postoperative recovery is pretty routine, and primarily concerned with healing of the incision.  I would expect you to be back a full activities within about 2 weeks.

Joseph L. Grzeskiewicz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Chin Implant Removal

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Most silicone or silastic implants are easy to remove under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Others may have embedded deep in the bone and require more work to extract them.  In some patients the skin may collapse and cause wrinkling and in others the scar will give an auto augmentation effect. Sometimes it is necessary to replace the implant with a smaller one.

Chin Implant Removal

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Chin implant removal is typically not difficult if the implant is made of silastic (the most popular chin implant material). This is because the body forms a soft tissue capsule around the implant. The incision under the chin is reopened. Once the capsule is entered, the implant should slide out pretty easily. The incision is then stitched up.

The recovery should not be too long. Usually one week at the most and during that time, it would be unlikely for those around you to notice unless they see the incision. Because of the incision's placement under the chin, it can be hidden from view pretty easily.

Michael M. Kim, MD

Michael M. Kim, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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