Gore-Tex chin implants: a review of 324 cases

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003 May-Jun;5(3):224-7. doi: 10.1001/archfaci.5.3.224.


Augmentation of the chin is a long-standing and effective technique for facial enhancement. We have used preformed expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (Gore-Tex) implants for chin augmentation for several years. For this study, we collectively pooled data detailing our experiences with this material. From January 1, 1998, to March 30, 2001, a total of 324 Gore-Tex chin implants were placed. No resorption or visible movement of any implant occurred. Two (0.62%) of the 324 implants became infected and were ultimately removed. No other complications occurred. This complication rate compares favorably to other reports. Five implants (1.5%) were removed or changed in size due to patient requests. All remaining patients (97.8%) were satisfied with their result. We also describe technical points and procedure modifications that have helped us achieve beneficial results for our patients. Gore-Tex is a reliable implant material that helps the surgeon to achieve a high degree of patient satisfaction in chin augmentation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chin / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene*
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Prosthesis Implantation


  • Polytetrafluoroethylene