Shaving Vs. Removing a Chin Implant

I have a medpor chin implant & don't like the shape. The surgeon that put it in said that he can shave it down, w/out taking it out. Based on your experience with them, is this approach possible and the right thing to do?

Doctor Answers 3

Shaving vs replacing a chin implant

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While Medpor can be shaved down intraoperatively, these implants tend to be very hard, woody feeling and unnatural. To shave it down will require a longer incision in the submentum to access the entire circumference of the implant. Another option would be to simply remove the implant through a shorter incision, carve it down, and reinsert it. Consider a silicone implant that is already preformed and does not need to be cut down. It can be inserted into the proper anatomical position to give a natural feel and shape.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Shaving a Medpor (Porex) Chin implant

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One of the great advantages of Medpor/Porex implants is that they are porous and are soon incorporated by the in-growth of blood vessels and scar tissue greatly reducing their rate of infection. But this also makes them much harder to remove. They can be shaved down sharply with a scalpel or a burr if the goal is to decrease their prominence.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Medpore chin implant

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Medpore implants get tissue growth and are stable. You  can remove them, you can shave them. Discuss your needs and desires with your plastic surgeon, then make your decision.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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