MMA/Jiu Jitsu competitor. I am looking forward to a chin implant or jaw surgery? (Photo)

What do you recommend? Can a chin implant be knocked out of place? I will stop competing after all this but will still be hitting the mma gym daily. I also grind my teeth a lot and have trouble falling asleep. What my best option?

Doctor Answers 5

Chin Implant

Knowing that you may be exposed to trauma at some point after chin implant surgery, it would be preventative to have your chin implant secured into position with small screws.

Chin implant candidate?

Chin implants are placed for patients with a weak and recessive chin profile and desire an augmentation of the mandible.  Severe trauma to the chin and disrupt the implant, so it might be best to wait until after year fighting days are over.  Chin implants are manufactured in a large variety of sizes and shapes, are composed of Silastic, and are usually placed through a small incision underneath the chin as an outpatient surgical procedure.  In our practice, we use implantech brand of chin implants with an excellent success rate for over 25 years. For many examples and more information, please see the link and the video below

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

Chin implant vs jaw surgery

Thanks for your pictures, and honestly, for your frankness.  Can a chin implant be knocked out? It is EXTREMELY rare, but it sure can. I've seen it once, after a direct blow to the chin.  Which, going to an MMA gym daily, puts you at risk.  That being said, when you mentioned teeth grinding as well as trouble falling asleep - along with the profile picture you sent - it may be worth getting examined by an oral surgeon.  while you do have decreased projection of your chin, the teeth grinding and troubles sleeping are indicative of a recessed jaw.  This can be addressed with different types of jaw surgery (a discussion far too expansive for this particular type of forum), and not only could it address the projection but also may be able to help you with your other issues.  If you were my family member, that is what I would suggest.  Obviously I would be able to better guide you after a good physical exam, history, etc, but I hope that at least this advice can help you in some way.  Best of luck.

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

MMA/Jiu Jitsu competitor. I am looking forward to a chin implant or jaw surgery?

Hi, I have performed many Chin Augmentations using chin implants for over 30 years and have performed this procedure on military, law enforcement and professional fighters.  From the photos, your chin is weak.  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.  In my opinion, you are a good candidate for chin implant surgery.  The chin implant, if properly placed, should be secure at 1 month post-op at which time you could resume training and/or fighting.

Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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MMA/Jiu Jitsu competitor. I am looking forward to a chin implant or jaw surgery?

If your bite is normal there is no need for jaw surgery and a chin implant will do the job. As a routine I secure all implants with 2 mini titanium screws to assure the position and stability of the implant. Seek a plastic surgeon who has specialty training in facial implants, has great reviews and photos, and is an expert in this field.

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills General Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 255 reviews

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