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njgirlfromnj
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I am concerned that my smile has been changed from my chin implant. Can a chin implant alter a smile?
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I am an 18 year old female who got a chin implant and rhinoplasty 2 weeks ago. My nose is healing fine and the numbness is slowly going down from the chin implant. Parts of my lower lips and chin, however, are still numb and I cannot smile the same way I used to. Both my top and bottom rows of teeth used to show, but now when I try to smile it looks like a grimmace, and my top teeth barely show! I went from having a great, large smile to barely a grin, even when I laugh :( I love my new profile, but I hate how I look when I smile. I know my face is a bit swollen still as well. My dr. said he preserved the nerves in my chin, but my smile is dramatically smaller and I also notice that my lips curve inward, which didnt happen before the surgery. I am very upset with my smile and am wondering if you think it will go back to normal once the feeling in my chin resumes. Can a chin implant permanately change a smile? My dr. never told me this and if he had, I would not have gone through with the surgery. Please let me know if there is hope in getting my smile back!

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drganchi


Plastic surgeon
Wayne, NJ
United States
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  Change in smile is normal only 2 weeks after chin-nose surgery
July 10, 2010 2:07 PM

It is much too soon to be looking at the result of your procedures. The nerves and muscles are not back to normal yet. You should be patient and give your body time to heal. The chin (more)
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docblinski


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Miami, FL
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July 9, 2010 3:30 AM

Only 2 weeks!!! Still too much edema to complain yet. You have to be patient. (more)
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Fleming Island, FL
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  Smiling after chin implant
July 8, 2010 2:43 PM

Generally speaking, any change to a patient's smile after an uncomplicated chin implant is usually due to a combination of swelling and changes in sensation. Since these are temporary and (more)
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njgirlfromnj
randolph, NJ
United States
 
July 13, 2010 10:06 AM

thank you for the quick and reassuring responses! I can already notice that my smile is coming back a little more each day. I visited my dr. yesterday and he said to give it time as well.



 



 

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