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Possible Complications of Chin Augmentation

Chin Implants

Risks & Possible Complications

Things to consider - Possible complications or risks from chin implant surgery

Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure. As with any surgery, there are some risks. Problems are rare, but it is important that you consider both the benefits and potential complications of the chin implant procedure when making you decision.

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss the potential problems you could have from the surgery. Here is a list of some of them:

  • Your chin implant could shift out of alignment, requiring an additional surgery to correct the placement.
  • When the bone is not symmetrical, the chin implant won’t fit well and may tilt or tip. In those cases, your surgeon may opt to use screws to hold it in place or use an implant made of two halves that fit together. You can also use fat grafting onto the chin, although this requires that any implant already in place be removed for a 4 to 6 month period.
  • As with any type of surgery, you could get an infection after the operation. Antibiotics can usually be used to successfully treat the infection. However, if the infection occurs around the chin implant itself and cannot be controlled by medication, the implant may have to be removed temporarily until the infection clears up.
  • Swelling and bruising after surgery - This is typical of many kinds of operations and is temporary.
  • Implant-specific risks - Chin implants can be made of a variety of different materials. There may be some risks that are specific to certain types of implant material. Your surgeon can discuss these with you.

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