Julia has always thought of herself as a confident and fairly attractive lady, except when she looks at herself from the side. Even as a child, her relatives have always commented on her “weak chin”. Ever since then, Anderson has been overly aware of her facial profile, and at times, she said, “looking at myself from the side made my stomach turn.”
“I thought I was an attractive person from the front, but not from the side” says the 33 year old accountant.
So last year, Julia decided to join the scores of ladies seeking chin augmentation surgeries and got herself a new chin. While she was a little nervous prior to surgery, the desire for a new and better profile propelled her to follow through with her surgery. Thankfully, the surgery went off without a hitch and Julia is now proudly flaunting her new chin.
Now, new research concludes that Julia is not alone. In fact, more Americans looking to improve their looks are taking it on the chin. Chin augmentations, or “chin-plants,” were the fastest-growing plastic surgery trend of 2011, more than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
“The chin and jaw line are among the first areas to show signs of aging,”said Dr Tan Ying Chien, consultant plastic surgeon from The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre. “Chin implants can make a dramatic difference.”
Numbers showed that in the USA, there were 20,680 chin implants performed in 2011. That’s a 71 percent jump from the year before, more than breast implants, Botox and liposuction combined. The demand for the procedure was evenly split between men and women, and experts say the digital age has contributed to the added demand.
Some skeptics may wonder what the fuss over such a small and insiginifcant part of our facial anatomy is all about. However, according to plastic surgeons, the chin is a very important part of a person’a profile.
“An attractive chin on both men and women exudes confidence, athleticism and trustworthiness”, according to Dr Tan.
Furthermore, the chin and jaw line are among the first areas to show signs of aging so chin implants can make a dramatic difference.”
The Social Phenomenon
Plastic surgeons said they are seeing fewer patients who want extreme makeovers and more who are seeking more subtle changes, and facial rejuvenation — which can include nips and tucks to the eyelids, skin aging, wrinkles, nose and hairline — is also becoming a growing trend.
It might be the digital age that has brought on the added chin attention.
Video chatting has added a new dimension to the way people see themselves because people can no longer hide behind the phone or email, experts noted. The technology has caused people to see themselves at completely different angles than before. For instance, constantly seeing your own image staring back at you certainly does give one pause to assess all aspects of your image. The jawline and neckline are intimately associated with the chin, as this is the point of suspension of the rest of the neck.
The silhouette-boosting procedure experienced growing popularity in both men and women in nearly all age groups. The procedure is done under general or local anesthesia.
Since Asians generally have shorter and flatter chins, chin augmentation is especially common in Asia.
A simple way to assess the adequacy of the chin is to draw a line from the tip of the nose to the lower lip. When this line is extended downwards, it should be able to touch the chin.
Chin augmentation is a simple procedure that involves the insertion of an implant via a small incision inside the mouth, leaving no external scars. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes, performed under local anaesthesia.
For those seeking a more subtle improvement but fear the leap into plastic surgery, there is a non-invasive option to allay your beauty woes non-surgically. Natural fillers can be injected into the area to augment the chin. These fillers can last anywhere from 8-12 months and give a natural chin- enhancing effect. The only downside is that the results then to be subtle and temporary, hence is more appropriate for those who only seek slight augmentation of the area.
Dr Tan Ying Chien is a consultant plastic surgeon at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre. You can read more about him and his practice at www.sloaneclinic.com