Chin implants are done in an ambulatory setting under a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with IV sedation. An incision is placed inside the mouth, below the teeth, or under the chin. A Medpor®, porous polyethylene (plastic material) is then customized to correct the chin deficiency.
Recuperation and Healing
A stretchy tape dressing is placed over the implant to help stabilize it and keep it from moving for 5 days. Sutures all resorb on their own in 2 weeks. Swelling and bruising last for about a week. Pain is easily controlled with oral medications. Numbness in the lower lip will resolve over a few weeks.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.