Chin augmentation cosmetic surgery is considered a very safe procedure and significant complications from chin implants are infrequent. However, patients are often concerned whether chin implants are a safe treatment option. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the safety aspects of the procedure and discuss the potential risks.
The first goal of a committed surgeon will be to educate the patient about all aspects of chin augmentation, including its potential risks and complications. This will enable the patient to make a well-considered decision. Remarkable and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides chin augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations in The Golden State.
Risks Specific to Chin Implants
Following chin augmentation surgery, the patient may experience bruising and swelling that will last for several weeks. However, this is an expected side effect, which will resolve on its own in most cases. Specific risks involving chin implants may include:
Once the implants have been placed inside the tissue pocket created in the chin, it may move from its original position in a few cases after the placement. This may require a revision surgery to adjust the implant into proper alignment.
Numbness of the Lip and Chin
Skin in the chin and lip area is more sensitive. If small nerves get damaged during the chin augmentation cosmetic surgery, it may cause numbness of the lip and chin. Although the numbness will gradually dissipate on its own, but in rare cases it may be prolonged or become permanent.
Sometimes due to the wrong size or shape of the implant or other factors, the implant may create contour abnormalities in the chin. This may require a revision procedure where the surgeon will modify the size and shape of the implant to fit the tissue pocket correctly and suture it firmly into place.
Extrusion of chin implants is a rare occurrence, but it can potentially occur due to severe trauma or infection.
Chin augmentation involves some risks that are typically associated with any plastic surgery. These may include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Unfavorable scarring
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Minimizing the Risks
To minimize risks, the first step should be to choose a fully trained and qualified surgeon. Board certified plastic surgeons typically invest in the latest surgical techniques, maintain high quality standards, pursue continuing education, and follow current safety protocols.
The patient, on their part, should make full disclosure of all relevant information asked for by the surgeon with regard to their health, current medications, and personal habits such as smoking. This will enable the surgeon to take appropriate measures to minimize the risk.
Adroit and cordial plastic surgeon Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other neighborhoods and cities in this region the southwest for chin augmentation.
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