The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recorded that rhinoplasty surgery was one of the five top plastic surgeries performed last year. Cosmetic nose surgeries are consistently requested of facial plastic surgeons year after year, though the ASAPS has not documented the same popularity among a complimentary procedure: the chin augmentation. While gaining in popularity, chin augmentation still did not make it into the top five procedures of 2012. Most patients view their nose from the front without fully understanding how their side profile impacts their overall look.
When a plastic surgeon assesses a patient’s face to respond to aesthetic concerns or recommend surgical fixes, they take into account the various angles from which the face can be viewed. Though the size and shape of a nose can be surgically altered in relation to the chin and neck, other measures may be required to create a pleasing new look. The chin is a key feature of the face as it establishes facial shape, finishes off the structure of the jaw, and separates the face from the neck.
The University of Verona conducted a five-year study to determine patient satisfaction following the combination of rhinoplasty procedures with chin surgeries. The study found that the combination of cosmetic nose and chin surgeries allowed for more consistent results and facial harmony. It was also noted that surgeons should assess each patient individually, and take into account their relative measurements for nose, chin, and other features. The relationship among features is far more important than their individual shapes or sizes.
There are many advantages to undergoing a rhinoplasty and cosmetic chin procedure simultaneously, often referred to as “profileplasty”. The healing period and time spent away from work does not necessarily increase when the surgeries are performed together. In addition, a patient may reach their ultimate aesthetic goals more quickly by following professional advice to undergo both procedures, rather than experiencing dissatisfaction when their nose shape has not affected his or her overall level of attractiveness. It also makes practical sense to combine these surgeries so a patient will not incur additional fees with secondary procedures, which include anesthesia and medical care, not to mention time spent away from work.
There are many ways in which a person’s profile can be adjusted to suit their needs. The nose can be made smaller or less prominent, as can the chin. Nasal and chin implants will increase the size of these features. In regard to chin surgery, a mentoplasty or genioplasty, often performed through a chin implant surgery, is just one solution to alter the size of the feature. Injectable fillers can be strategically added to the tissue to fill areas lacking in fullness. Jaw surgery may also help to relocate the chin.
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, which is one of the most prestigious accreditations a surgeon can earn in the United States. Dr. Rubinstein focuses on a natural look for his patients so they can enjoy the results of their surgery without facing social stigmas associated with artificial looks. Learn more about rhinoplasty and chin augmentation or contact Dr. Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists of Newburgh, NY, at (845) 863-1772.