Dear Dr. Naderi,
Hi. I was in a car accident on May 1st of this year. The steering wheel of my car hit my chin and pulled down shearing/ripping my lower lip from my gum, teeth and bone. It was stitched together, but now I have a hard lump on one side of my chin. It affect the way I move one side of my mouth. Are there any options for me? I am happy to hear you specialize in facial plastic surgery. I would love to eventually have my old chin back.
Glad to hear you made it out of the car accident alive.
From your description, you had an extensive injury to the chin and lips and gums. It will take a long time to heal and revisions may be needed.
But what you are feeling may be scar tissue or even a trapped foreign body. I am hoping an xray was done at the time of injury and no foreign debride was found or left behind. Scar tissue can develope and initially the treatment of choice is steroid injections.
It takes 1-3 years for the area to fully heal or even longer. You do need to see your surgeon or a Plastic Surgeon to be examined and follow up to see if you need further treatments, injections or surgery.
But what you need to be aware of is the danger of the statement “I want my old chin back.” That may not be realistic but improvements can be.