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Plastic Surgery Trends: Chin Augmentation

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Last week, we visited a few recent trends in plastic surgery – today I’m going to talk about another procedure that continues to become increasingly more and more popular in my line of work – chin augmentation, also known as MENTOPLASTY. You may recall hearing about chin augmentation recently when Iggy Azalea made headlines, admitting that she was pleased with her fresh look, thanks to rhinoplasty and chin augmentation.

We don’t know with certainty why this procedure is rapidly gaining popularity – perhaps it’s the increase of people taking selfies and posting photos for all to see on social media. Nowadays, men and women tend to be more conscious of their looks and more likely to go to extremes to alter their appearance. What we do know with certainty, however, is that the number of chin surgeries performed each year is increasing at a rapid pace.

Some people undergo chin surgery to augment a weak chin. However, not everyone walks into a plastic surgeon’s office seeking chin augmentation; most surgeons will recommend the procedure in conjunction with another to achieve maximum results. A mentoplasty is commonly combined with cheek implants, lip augmentation, and most commonly – rhinoplasty. A person’s chin can be affected by the new size and shape of the nose after a nose job, augmented lips and/or cheeks.

When performed along with other facial procedures, chin augmentation can enhance your jawline, profile, and the overall look you’re hoping to achieve.

As the procedure’s name suggests, a chin augmentation surgically reshapes or enhances the size of the chin. This can be done one of two ways: by moving or reshaping bones, or by inserting an implant in the chin area (which is the more common route).

Chin augmentation provides a permanent improvement to your profile; dermal fillers can also provide an improvement, but the change is temporary. Fillers can also require upkeep.

The surgery usually involves an incision made inside of the mouth or, if the surgeon is unable to make the incision inside of the mouth, in the crease under the chin. By creating the incision in one of these two places, there is minimal scarring involved. After the incision is made, an implant is inserted in the soft tissue of the chin. Depending on the specific circumstances, either local or general anesthesia is used.

If you're interested in learning more about chin augmentation, and whether or not the procedure is right for you, make an appointment with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and the pros and cons of this procedure. Make sure that chin augmentation is something that YOU want for YOURSELF with 100% certainty.  

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