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Can chin implants shift?

Question posted by Jonah from Winnipeg

I have a very weak chin. It looks like I don’t have a chin, that’s how bad it is. I’m very self conscious about it, so I’ve been doing research on chin implants. Some personal stories from people say that the implant can shift. Is this true? Also, what is the recovery time like?

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  • Dear Jonah,Chin implants can certainly shift
    after they’ve been inserted.  Chin
    implants are made out of a solid block of silastic silicone or other inert
    polymers.  They can come in a variety of
    sizes and shapes and inserted under local anesthesia or IV sedation through an
    incision under the chin or through the mouth. 
    The advantage of a chin implant over a soft tissue filler such as fat or
    sugar gel is their long-term impact on chin projection.  The disadvantage or risk is that over time
    the chin implant can erode some of the chin bone away or the implant can get
    infected, have to be removed or even shift. 
    Shift into the implant is uncommon especially when a small pocket is
    made, but can certainly occur.

    A small pocket with stable fixation,
    heated transoral or submental is the best way to minimize the risk of your chin
    implant shifting.

    Other options to an alloplastic chin implant
    include a bony procedure where a part of the chin bone is fractured and moved
    forward.  This is usually stabilized with
    screws and plates and once it heals there is no risk of shifting.

    Best of luck.  I’m sure you’ll achieve an excellent clinical

    To schedule a consultation or find
    out more please visit:

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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