Is my Chin Implant Infected? (photo)

I haven't contacted my surgeon because it doesn't feel like an emergency. Here are some photos, one from before and one today which is 5 days after surgery. The creeping red mark itches and is hot. Thanks for your opinion and advice!

Doctor Answers 14

Is my chin implant infected?

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Redness and warmth are signs of an infection, but you could also be experiencing a reaction to the tape. I would recommend contacting your surgeon and having the area examined as soon as possible. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Is my chin implant infected?

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Thank you for your question. Contact your plastic surgeon ASAP. It is hard to tell alone by the pictures, but you wanna catch any early signs of infection immediately so it can be treated. Signs of infection also include fever, swelling, pain/discomfort, pus, warmth in the infected area, and redness. Hope this helped, best of luck!

Dhaval M. PatelĀ 
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Redness Around Chin Implant Incision

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At this early point after your chin implant surgery, the redness and swelling are likely secondary to an infection or an allergic reaction.  Signs of an infection are:

1)  Fever

2)  Redness

3)  Increased pain

4)  Warmth

5)  Foul smell

6)  Pus

  I would recommend seeing your surgeon for an evaluation ASAP.  

Infected Chin Implant

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First and foremost you should call your surgeon.  If you have a temperature (especially >101.5), chills, redness, increased pain and general fatigue then you may have an infection.  This warrants IMMEDIATE attention by your surgeon.

Dr. ES

Concerns of Chin Implant Infection

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    The two things to distinguish early in the postoperative course following chin implantation would be allergic reaction and infection with an exam.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Skin Redness after Chin Implant

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Contact your chin implant surgeon immediately, as other plastic surgeons have already stated. Primary concern based on your symptoms and photograph is an infection, which requires prompt management. While the risk of infection after chin surgery is extremely low, it's still possible. Skin irritation or allergic reaction from the glue or tape on top of the skin can also make the skin red and itchy.


Only your surgeon can help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki


Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

Inflammation after chin augmentation

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 You need to see your surgeon asap. You may have a reaction to either the tape or adhesive put on under the tape. This should be addressed promptly so you have no further irritation to the skin and rule out infection. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 218 reviews

Red under bandage

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To me this looks more like contact dermatitis than infection.  That is, you may be allergic to the glue on the tape, however, this doesn't rule out an infection.  I would still give your doctor a call in the AM, and be seen.


Inflammation after chin implant

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Your description and photos indicate you should be seen as soon as possible. Your surgeon should be able to take care of you. It would be interesting for us if sent a followup report and what this turns out to be.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon

Call and see your doctor

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From the pictures could be a contact dermatitis or allergic reaction to the tape or even a infection.

Your doctor should examine you ASAP.

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