Will My Chin Go Back To The Way It Was After A Chin Implant Removal?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi, I had a chin implant removed after 4 months, its been 3 months since removed and I’m worried it wont go back to how it was before. Its not tremendously bigger, but its noticeable to me. I’m estimating its about 1-1.5 mm bigger all around than it was pre-operatively. I’ve heard that it may take around 6 months to go down as much as possible, but in case it doesn’t, is there something you could do to help me? This is my biggest regret, and its killing me that it may not go back. Thank you.

A: Almost undoubtably the way your chin appears now is what it will likely be. Because of the ligamentous release needed for the placement of a chin implant the ability of the soft tissue chin pad to return to what it was fully before the implant was placed is unlikely. More healing time, of course, will answer that question completely.

But if it does not then a submental tuckup procedure will be of benefit.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana