The chin implant I had nearly 35 years ago is now drooping creating an odd downward hook like appearance. Considering a neck lift and replacement of the chin implant. Doctor indicated the possibility of shaving down a neck gland, that could in rare instances create dry mouth. How concerned should I be regarding both the replacement of the chin implant and potential dry mouth?
You would have to be seen in person to determine what would be most appropriate for you. In addition, I prefer not to remove any portions of the salivary glands. I agree that patients might be prone to dry mouth and there is a potential for excessive bleeding while removing them.
Thank you for sharing your excellent question. Replacement of the chin implant should not be difficult at the time of the procedure and as far as a submandibular gland resection this can safely be done in patients who have extensive fullness along their jawline in this reason but otherwise need not be performed in everyone. This is best seen with an in-person examination of your tissues.
It is common for patients to experience jaw absorption over the years. There is the option to replace the chin implant for one that suits the new shape of your chin. But to be more exacts on what the next step should be, the ideal it would be to program a videocall where we can determine the best procedure for you.