Chin Augmentation Risks

As with every type of surgery, there are risks associated with chin augmentation procedures. Complications can include allergic reactions to the anesthetic used, other medical complications, or dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure.

Infection or Bleeding

Infection can occur, although it is rare with chin augmentation. Infections usually develop within the first couple of weeks after surgery. Signs of an infection include redness, severe swelling, severe pain or a fever over 100.5ยบ.  If a fever persists, call your surgeon immediately.

Excessive bleeding can also occur with chin augmentation surgery. Other blood-related complications include formation of a large clot at the site of the surgery (hematoma) or a pocket of watery fluid (seroma). These complications are rare.

Implant Shifting (Displacement) or Asymmetry

If your implant shifts, you may end up with an asymmetrical chin. Swelling after surgery or trauma to your chin can also cause asymmetry or shifting. If this occurs, a second surgery may be required to reposition the implant.

Loss of Sensation (Numbness)

You may have a temporary loss of sensation in the area of your implant for a few months after your surgery. Sensitivity will usually return slowly, but in rare cases there may be a permanent loss of sensation in the chin area.

General Dissatisfaction

Although it is not a surgical complication, you may be unhappy with the results of your chin augmentation. You are more likely to be dissatisfied if you have failed to convey your expectations to your surgeon about how you want to look.

You may also be unhappy with the amount of scar tissue. Your scars will look visible right after your surgery. Scars generally fade with time, but people who smoke are more likely to have more prominent scars and poor healing. Before your surgery, when you look at before-and-after chin implant photos, pay close attention any scarring so that you know what to expect from the procedure.

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