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Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Postby Sad_Lana » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:43 am

Hi there,

I need help. I just had a chin implant and neck lipo 11 days ago, and I am so unhappy with it, I cannot stop crying. I had a receding chin from profile view that I always hated, hence the desire for surgery. However, I always loved my face from frontal view, especially when smiling, that's when I always felt at my prettiest. I always felt my chin was too long though. They told me my frontal view wouldn't change, but it did in a bad way. My long chin is now even longer after this implant.

Sure my profile has improved, but from the front now, I look horrific, and like a man. When I smile, my chin is way too long and pointy vertically. It has completely changed the way I look in an ugly way, when all I wanted was to look prettier. Put aside that my old beautiful smile is practically non-existent (which is beyond depressing in itself), my chin that was already too long before is now even longer.

I cannot stand looking in the mirror, and I cry when I see any
pictures taken of me. I also cry looking at my old pictures, missing
the frontal view of my previously beautiful face.

I had no idea this surgery would make my chin look longer vertically from the front. I just thought my chin would jut out more horizontally. The surgeon told me it wouldn't change how my chin looks from the front, but he was beyond wrong. If he would have told me that a chin implant, though correcting my profile, might elongate my chin from the front, I would have never gotten it done. I am beyond regretful right now, and full of concerns and questions:

1) Most say chin implant swelling lasts up to 10 days. I am on day 11. Is it possible I still have swelling, and this swelling is creating
the elongated frontal view? Or is this just how it's going to look
from the front now on?

2) If there still is swelling, and it continues to go down as time
passes, how will that reduced swelling affect the frontal view of the chin? Right now, I can't tell that there's any swelling, only numbness. The previous swelling was on the sides of my face, like chipmunk face from wisdom teeth removal, and as that subsides, won't it make chin that much more masculine and v-shaped vs. rounder, softer, more feminine?

3) My implant was placed from an incision under my chin. Is it possible that the implant was placed downwards, instead of outwards, which can be causing the elongated frontal chin?

4) Will my smile ever go back to normal really? Some say it's the
nerves being stretched that cause this, which I understand. But even so, when the nerves heal, will they still be able to pull at my big smile as they did before while this implant is in?

5) Can I take this implant out without complications? How soon is too soon, how late is too late? I am very nervous that if I take it out, I will get worse nerve damage that will permanently alter my smile, a deformity from the left-over pocket of skin, a witch's chin droopy hanging skin from it getting stretched out, the list goes on and on.

To anyone out there who experienced these same issues, or has any knowledge or insight on this, please get back with me, I anxiously await your response.

Thank you,

Sad Lana
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Re: Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Postby diana107 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:25 pm

Sad Lana,
I've not had a chin implant but I can say from PS procedures that I have had - it takes more than 11 days for swelling to resolve.
It also takes time for the sensation and motor function to completely return. It's scary, I know. I had a chin reduction and my mouth didn't work for over a month. I looked ridiculous when I smiled because my lower lip would fall inside my mouth. I was very nervous. I resolved on its own with time. My smile looks like it always had in the past. In my case it took a few months.
I guess all I'm saying is give it a little more time.
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Re: Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Postby JonathanA » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:11 pm

Sad_Lana wrote:Hi there,

I need help. I just had a chin implant and neck lipo 11 days ago, and I am so unhappy with it, I cannot stop crying. I had a receding chin from profile view that I always hated, hence the desire for surgery. However, I always loved my face from frontal view, especially when smiling, that's when I always felt at my prettiest. I always felt my chin was too long though. They told me my frontal view wouldn't change, but it did in a bad way. My long chin is now even longer after this implant.

Sure my profile has improved, but from the front now, I look horrific, and like a man. When I smile, my chin is way too long and pointy vertically. It has completely changed the way I look in an ugly way, when all I wanted was to look prettier. Put aside that my old beautiful smile is practically non-existent (which is beyond depressing in itself), my chin that was already too long before is now even longer.

I cannot stand looking in the mirror, and I cry when I see any
pictures taken of me. I also cry looking at my old pictures, missing
the frontal view of my previously beautiful face.

I had no idea this surgery would make my chin look longer vertically from the front. I just thought my chin would jut out more horizontally. The surgeon told me it wouldn't change how my chin looks from the front, but he was beyond wrong. If he would have told me that a chin implant, though correcting my profile, might elongate my chin from the front, I would have never gotten it done. I am beyond regretful right now, and full of concerns and questions:

1) Most say chin implant swelling lasts up to 10 days. I am on day 11. Is it possible I still have swelling, and this swelling is creating
the elongated frontal view? Or is this just how it's going to look
from the front now on?

2) If there still is swelling, and it continues to go down as time
passes, how will that reduced swelling affect the frontal view of the chin? Right now, I can't tell that there's any swelling, only numbness. The previous swelling was on the sides of my face, like chipmunk face from wisdom teeth removal, and as that subsides, won't it make chin that much more masculine and v-shaped vs. rounder, softer, more feminine?

3) My implant was placed from an incision under my chin. Is it possible that the implant was placed downwards, instead of outwards, which can be causing the elongated frontal chin?

4) Will my smile ever go back to normal really? Some say it's the
nerves being stretched that cause this, which I understand. But even so, when the nerves heal, will they still be able to pull at my big smile as they did before while this implant is in?

5) Can I take this implant out without complications? How soon is too soon, how late is too late? I am very nervous that if I take it out, I will get worse nerve damage that will permanently alter my smile, a deformity from the left-over pocket of skin, a witch's chin droopy hanging skin from it getting stretched out, the list goes on and on.

To anyone out there who experienced these same issues, or has any knowledge or insight on this, please get back with me, I anxiously await your response.

Thank you,

Sad Lana


Lana -

I am in the same boat as you. Regarding your questions:

1) Yes - swelling for me lasted well over a month. It will look *much* better in a few more weeks.

2) Impossible to say right now. I am still unhappy with my chin from the frontal view, but at ten months post-op my face looks much less elongated than it did at one month. There is still ample projection on profile view.

3) Probably not. Try Googling images of chin implants. Some provide a little bit of "downward" projection, but if you communicated your goals with your surgeon s/he most likely chose one that extended straight forward.

4) It should - patience is a virtue here.

5) There are always risks of complications. However, if a silastic implant was used, removal or replacement within the next 6-12 months should be fairly straightforward. Depending on the size of your implant, replacement may be a better option in order to avoid a 'witch's chin' deformity. Other materials that allow tissue ingrowth can be more difficult to remove, but it is still possible.

The best plan of action, IMHO, is to wait at least a few more weeks before seriously considering a revision.

Good luck.

-Jon
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Re: Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Postby Sephora_LA » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:05 am

Sorry to hear about your experience. You should talk to your doctor about having your implant removed. This should be possible.
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Re: Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Postby 27sunshine27 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:57 pm

I am at 7 wks post-op with my chin implant and I am still swollen. I was told swelling takes 3-4 months to subside. This was explained to me that when an implant is put into the body your body will naturally surround the implant with water after the 3-4 month period your body will dissolve this water back into the body. I would say be patient wait it out. My smile also was a point of pride for me and it is temporarily gone. I talked to a woman who had a nose job and she said it took six months for her smile to come back. So what u r experiencing seems normal. I heard that it will take about six months for you to adjust to the look and the swelling to fully subside. Even minimal swelling can change your facial overall appearance. It is actually very normal for plastic surgery patients to feel depressed during this time because often you will look worse before you look better.
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Re: Long chin even longer now after chin implant - HELP!

Postby gigi70 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:16 pm

Hi

I'm about 10 months from my chin implant and mine never really looked any better since month 2-3. The swelling went down, but the implant is uneven, crooked and makes my face way longer with a bulky rounded blob look even though I asked for NO frontal change at all.

I just had a consult and was told the implant has shifted hence the uneven look.
I will be having it taken out and then reshaped (but can't afford to right now).
He said he will try to mimic my old face shape but I may never get it back now.

I would wait a while as you may adjust to the look and it may look way better in time.
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