Read a lot about chin implants gone wrong. Is that common?
I’ve done my fair share of research on chin implants and I’m almost ready to book an appointment. I’m still nervous to actually schedule anything because then it becomes real. I think I’ve been focusing too much on the horror stories associated with plastic surgery and to be honest I’m just really scared. Is it common for chin implant procedures to go wrong, and to leave you looking like a freak?
Chin implants are actually among the easiest procedures we plastic surgeons perform. While it's extremely rare to even hear about chin implants gone wrong, all facial implants do carry a tiny risk of malposition, asymmetry or infection.
We’ve had excellent success with implants to enhance chin projection -- and our patients have reported dramatic changes to their self-confidence and improvements to their quality of life.
If this is a procedure which you feel will benefit your appearance and confidence I encourage you to discuss the procedure with cosmetic surgeon who has experience in chin surgery and a successful track record of facial cosmetic surgery.
You may also want to discuss non-surgical chin augmentation options like injectable fillers. While fillers are non-permanent they are very low risk and can be surprisingly effective.
Given the popularity of website articles about cosmetic surgery horror stories, it's totally understandable you might believe chin implants are a high risk procedure.
Except the good news is they aren't. Chin implant surgery is actually a very simple procedure, definitely at the low end of the scale in terms of risk.
Only local anesthesia is required and recovery times are typically very short. But you can still expect some soreness and swelling for the first week post-op, so it's advisable to take a couple days off work to relax.
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of getting chin implant surgery, there are also non-surgical chin augmentation options available like filler injections and fat transfer. While these options aren't permanent, they’re even lower risk than chin implants.
I wouldn’t let the fear of a chin implant gone wrong keep you from getting the procedure. I encourage you to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss chin surgery and view their before-and-after photos of past chin implant successes. The procedure is straightforward and very low risk.