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Chin Augmentation: A growing trend in Plastic Surgery
Posted by Laurence Weider, MD on May 2, 2012
Data recently published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that the number of chin augmentations experienced a 71% increase in 2011. This made it by far the plastic surgery procedure with the greatest growth last year. While no one knows exactly why chin augmentation has become so popular, there is speculation that the growth of video chatting is responsible for at least a portion of this phenomenon. People see themselves on services such as Skype and FaceTime and are self conscious of a weak chin. There is no doubt that a strong chin is associated with self-confidence and leadership. A chin implant can have a positive effect upon one’s profile just as a rhinoplasty (nose job) can. In fact, these two procedures are often done simultaneously.
Placement of a chin implant is usually a fairly straightforward procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Weider at his office in Medical City Dallas, he will discuss your goals and assess your face, jaw and chin. The appropriate implant size and shape will be chosen in preparation for surgery. During the procedure, an incision will be made inside the lower lip or under the chin. The implant will then be inserted below the soft tissue covering the chin to create a pleasing jawline in harmony with the patient’s face. The procedure can at times be performed under local anesthesia and is relatively affordable.
The recovery is usually quick as well with very little down time.
As with any procedure, there are occasional complications, though they are uncommon. The risks include infection, numbness and scarring. These will all be discussed with you in detail at the time of your consultation.