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Dr. Richard Rival
501-1881 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4S 3C4
Phone: (866) 229-3223
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Dr. Richard Rival
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Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C3
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What to Expect During Chin Implant Recovery

The lower face of a man with long hair, who is wearing a denim jacket

A chin implant is a great way to significantly alter your facial silhouette into something that better suits your desired appearance. However, like many cosmetic procedures, it has a recovery period. This blog explains what to expect during this time, and how to make the process proceed as smoothly as possible. 

What is a chin implant?

Just like implants in other parts of the face or body, a chin implant is a silicon device inserted under the skin. The purpose of such an implant is to alter the shape of the chin itself, often providing greater definition. This makes a chin implant ideal for those who suffer from “receding chins,” or help those who have an asymmetrical chin.  

Implants are designed specifically for individual patients before they are inserted. Depending on the shape and size, they can be inserted either through an exterior incision, or one inside the mouth. 

Generally, inserting the implant will take roughly an hour. Depending on the particular situation, chin implant surgery in Toronto could be done with either sedation or general anesthesia. The process usually takes only about an hour to complete. 

What is chin implant recovery like?

If you’ve ever looked at a chin implant before and after pictures, you’ll know there’s some significant swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure. This is normal. Usually, after the chin implant procedure is completed, your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with tapes or sutures for the incision, as well as prescriptions for pain medication. After about a week into the chin implant healing process, tape and sutures can be safely removed.  

This first week after the chin augmentation surgery is going to be the most awkward. Specific patients are going to have specific adjustments when it comes to dental hygiene and food. Often, special care must be taken when brushing teeth, and less solid foods will be preferred. During this first week, it’s also a good idea to avoid strenuous physical activity. 

After one or two weeks, the tape or sutures should be gone, and life should be returning to normal. However, there still may be noticeable bruising or swelling for up to six weeks after surgery, give or take. This is perfectly normal. There may even be some minor effects for up to six months after the facial plastic surgery is completed. 

How to make the most of the recovery period

If there’s one piece of advice to follow during chin implant recovery, it’s to follow guidelines your plastic surgeon recommends. They’ll know best how you should adjust eating and dental care, what sort of medication you should be taking, and when you can remove tape and sutures. 

Have plenty of liquid foods like soups on hand. Cold compresses and pain medication can help with any discomfort after the procedure. Immediately after the procedure, it’s essential to take the week off work—rest, with your head elevated, and take it easy. Scheduling time off work so you can properly rest and recuperate is essential. If you have any medical concerns during the recovery process for facial implants, you need to reach out to your cosmetic surgeon right away. 

Learn more about chin implant recovery

Are you looking for solutions to a crooked or recessed chin? Do you want to learn more about how chin and cheek implants can change your overall facial structure? Interested in learning about how to adjust other facial features through procedures like rhinoplasty? Then don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help. 

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