Disproportionate features of the face can leave people feeling self-conscious about their self-image. If a trait is too large or too small or seems out of place with the rest of the face, it may benefit an individual to have this feature altered. Feeling attractive enhances a person’s view of themselves and can boost one’s confidence level.
The chin is a landmark of the face as it protrudes from the plane of the face, contours the end of the face, and from a side view creates part of the profile. In men, a strong jaw line helps to create a masculine appearance, and a prominent chin can help to achieve this look. Women can also benefit from added structure to their chin as it can create attractive contours and add definition where needed.
Chin Augmentation on the Rise
There has been a boom in chin augmentation in recent years. In fact, in 2012, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed chin implants as the fastest-growing plastic surgery procedure in the nation, with a dramatic 71% increase from the previous year. Many believe the increase to be due in part to technology, in particular the increase in video chat technology which may make people more aware of the appearance of their chins than they had previously been.
Chin augmentation is most commonly achieved with the use of a chin implant. This material is inserted through hidden incisions under the chin or through the lower lip, and is permanently fixed to the bone under the muscle. It can also be set in place through a tight pocket created by existing soft tissues of the area. Permanent stitches or biocompatible screws can be used. The implant may be composed of a biological insert or materials such as bone and fat.
A jaw surgery can be performed alongside the chin augmentation or in place of it. The mandible (bone of the lower jaw) may need to be cut to allow the surgeon access to implant the artificial chin or to alter the position of the bone. These solutions permanently restructure the lower portion of the face.
The Benefits of Chin Augmentation
An aesthetic chin surgery can create a longer, wider chin and add overall length to the face. Unless a patient opts to undergo an extensive jaw procedure, the bite will not be affected. Plastic surgery patients have a choice between a wide array of implant materials, shapes, and sizes to achieve their desired look.
New York plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is an expert in facial plastic surgery. Through his extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and reconstructive procedures, coupled with his experience in performing facial procedures, the doctor seeks to provide his patients with natural-looking results. Contact Dr. Rubinstein today at (845) 863-1772 to learn more about chin augmentation and how it can benefit you. If you are not ready to commit to a surgery, ask the doctor about injections that can create the same look as an implant for a shorter duration of time.