Most people think of facelifts or liposuction when they hear the words cosmetic surgery – but statistics show that chin implants are fast becoming the treatment of choice in America, with a reported 71 percent increase in the number of procedures since 2010.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of chin implant procedures carried out in the USA increased by 71 percent to 20,680 between 2010 and 2011, with treatment proving popular among men and women.
What is the aim of chin implant surgery?
Chin implants are designed to balance the proportions of the face and enhance the shape of the chin and jaw. Surgery is most commonly carried out in tandem with other treatments, such as a face lift and nose reshaping. British plastic surgeons claim that chin implants are a popular choice for people who are having other cosmetic work, as a means of balancing the overall look of the face and giving shape to the jaw line. Treatment is often used in combination with a nose job to improve the proportions of the facial features, as a small chin may make the nose look bigger.
Unlike other implants, such as breast implants, the aim of the game is not simply to increase the size of the chin. Instead, the goal is to enhance the aesthetics of the face by improving symmetry and balance of facial features. Patients who have had a ‘chin job’ often claim that they decided to go ahead with surgery after noticing a double chin.
What does treatment involve?
Chin implant treatment involves placing an implant under the skin. The surgeon marks the area, makes an incision in the skin underneath the chin or inside the mouth, and then places the implant. Once the implant is in position and the surgeon is happy, the incision will be stitched and left to heal. The recovery period takes around one to two weeks.
The rising popularity of chin implants
Most people are aware of cosmetic surgery, but some may not have even heard of chin implants. However, this is almost certainly going to change with chin jobs becoming increasingly popular. Although the number of procedures undertaken every year is small compared to other treatments, most notably breast augmentation and liposuction, the most recent statistics for chin implants represent huge growth.
Between 2010 and 2011, 325,332 liposuction procedures and 316,848 breast augmentations were carried out in the USA. Compared with these numbers, the figure of 20,680 chin implant procedures seems small, but the latest number is massive compared to just 12 months before. The procedure has grown in popularity by more than 70 percent and this trend looks set to continue, as people grow increasingly enamoured with the pursuit of perfection.