How Do I Know if my Chin Implant Moved After a Really Hard Blow? (photo)

I've had a chin implant for 2 years and a week ago I tripped up the stairs and fell straight on chin. I had a big bruise for days, which is just fading away. The swelling is almost gone, but right above my chin and under my lip i have a big hard bump. It felt softish, like jelly the first days, but as the general swelling goes down, the bump feels harder and it doesn't seem to go much down. Is it possible that the bump is actually the implant that moved?

Doctor Answers 3

Did chin implant move after fall?

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I would say it would be possible, but unlikely, that the chin implant you had placed 2 years ago moved after you fell.  You would need to be examined to know for sure, but you could just wait another week or so to see if the bump goes down by itself.  I would say it's more likely that you had a small hematoma after the fall and it is just slowly resolving.  

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Displacement of chin implant after blow to chin

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If your chin implant became displaced, it would be more likely to create a visible asymmetry or irregularity of the shape of your chin or jawline, you might be able to feel the edge of it inside your mouth by your gums, or you might be able to actually feel it move or shift.  If all that you feel is a hard lump in a fixed position, I would bet that it represents a small hematoma, or collection of blood, maybe around the implant or capsule, and it is in the process of resolving.  This could take a few months or so , and you should be patient, watch for changes, and have close follow up with your surgeon.

Joseph L. Grzeskiewicz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

How Do I Know if my Chin Implant Moved After a Really Hard Blow?

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Your issue need in person evaluation to determine if there was any injury to the chin implant. Seek care. 

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