Will My Chin Return To Its Preop Appearance with Chin Implant Removal?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m considering the removal of a silastic implant that was placed under the chin (6mm anterior projection), what realistic complications are there to expect? It was placed 2ish years ago. It’s hard to know what to expect with ptosis, chin balling, nerve damage, and all sorts of complications being thrown around on forums. Could you maybe explain how the time the implant was in, may affect the chances at returning to post-op appearance?

A: I would say the only significant risk, and I would not call it a complication but an expected outcome, is that of soft tissue chin pad ptosis. The question is not whether you will have it but how significant it will be. There is no returning to 100% of your preop appearance. Whether it will be 75, 85 or 95% can not be predicted beforehand.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon