Chin remodellingRisks and possible complications

Anaesthesia

All general anaesthetic procedures involve a small level of risk which is related to the anaesthetic.

Bleeding

The risk of bleeding is relatively low and typically means more significant bruising for some patients. It is important to avoid the rubbing the chin in the early stages after surgery as this can lead to increased bruising and swelling.

Infection

Infection can be caused by a breakdown of the incision inside the mouth, and in the operations that involve bone advancement or regression as well as implants it can produce significant problems.

It may sometimes require removal of the implant to promote control of infection, and will involve a prolonged course of antibiotics.

Nerve damage

The nerves that give feeling to the lower lip pass through the lower jawbone and emerge on either side of the chin. In rare instances these nerves may be damaged during surgery, typically leading to temporary numbness of the lower lip.

The long term numbness of the lower lip is also possible, but more likely to happen when segments of bone are advanced or pushed back.

Asymmetry

The position and symmetry of the chin is not accurate, just as any other aspect of the human body. After surgery some aspect of this asymmetry can be improved, but still the right and left sides will never match perfectly.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are risks associated with the anaesthetic. Reducing the risk involves early mobilisation and wearing the compression stockings which improve circulation in the legs.

Pain

Pain after chin reshaping surgery is usually limited, but on discharge there will be normally moderate and a strong pain relief medication prescribed for you.

It is advisable to tailor the levels of pain medication to your needs as each individual will perceive painkillers differently.

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