When it comes to cosmetic surgery, it is usually rhinoplasties (nose jobs) and breast augmentation surgeries that get more attention. But in recent years, chin augmentation surgeries have been gaining traction. In 2010, 20,680 people in the United States underwent this procedure. This article will tell you why chin augmentation and sliding genioplasty are the newest beauty obsessions in Canada.
What Makes a Face Beautiful?
Many experts agree that the key to a beautiful face is facial symmetry. But proportionality of features is also key. If your chin is not proportionate to your face, to small, too large or asymmetrical, other facial features may appear out of balance. A weak chin has several effects on your facial appearance. Because the bone of the chin, part of the lower jaw, supports the skin, muscle and fat of your lower face, a weak chin will result in droop or sag of these tissues giving the appearance of premature aging, a double chin or jowls. A stronger chin results in a tight well defined jaw and neck line, can reduce or even eliminate a double chin and jowls, and can reverse the signs of aging .
Changing the shape, size and position of your chin requires very specialized training, precision and skill. The ideal size, position and shape of your chin should be determined by your surgeon before surgery to ensure the best possible results and ideal facial proportion. “eyeballing” the right size implant or the amount of advancement or change in size or position of your chin has with it the risk of your chin turning out too large, small or lopsided. Dr. Fialkov will use precise measurements taken from specialized x-rays called cephalograms to determine the ideal chin position, whether its achieved by careful sizing and placement of a chin implant , or by precise repositioning of your own bone with a sliding osseous genioplasty.
A receding chin is one that is oriented towards the back of your face. It may be smaller and shorter than one that you would find on a more proportionate face. Or, it may be quite long in its up and down proportion but just very set back compared to the rest of your face. It is critical for your surgeon to be able to differentiate between a small chin, or a chin that is set too far back but is of adequate size or even to long in the vertical dimension. This is sometimes referred to as “long face”. In spite of having a longer face these people also have a weak, or receding, chin. In this case, a chin implant may make the chin look far too large, and a sliding osseous genioplasty, with a possible reduction in the vertical length but an advancement forward, may be the ideal operation to achieve proportionality.
Receding chins are less prominent and as a result makes one’s features appear disproportionate. A receding or small chin may, for instance, make your nose look disproportionately large, when in fact it may be a completely appropriate size. Small and recessed chins can also make the lower lip look disproportionate, floppy or protruding. Recessed chins, in particular, may cause dimpling of the skin, something called “mentalis strain” as a result of the muscles of the chin trying to bring the lip forward over your teeth which sit forward of your chin and lower jaw. Chin augmentation, or sliding osseous genioplasty can correct these issues. Its critical, however, that the correct operation, with precise pre-operative planning is done to ensure the best possible results.
How Chin Augmentation Surgery Can Make You Look Younger
No one wants to look older than their chronological age. When you have a receding chin, or a small weak chin, it can put years on your aesthetic appearance.
Because the bone of the chin, part of the lower jaw called the mandible, supports the skin, muscle and fat of your lower face, a weak chin will result in droop or sag of these tissues giving the appearance of premature aging, a double chin or jowls. A stronger chin results in a tight well defined jaw and neck line, can reduce or even eliminate a double chin and jowls, and can reverse the signs of aging
An overly large chin can also result in a loss of aesthetic harmony. It can make you look angry, or overly aggressive, and if you’re a woman, it can make you look much less feminine. Osseous reduction genioplasty can correct the disproportion of an overly large or protruding chin. As with an advancement genioplasty or chin augmentation, a reduction genioplasty requires precise planning by the surgeon before surgery. There should be no guesswork with any chin surgery. The results of chin surgery can be very predictable, provided the surgeon can determine and plan the exact operation for your particular chin issue.
Deformities and Injuries
Some people have problems with their chins due to a genetic deformity or an injury. Deformities and injuries should be corrected by experts in the field of craniofacial, or craniomaxillofacial surgery as these deformities are complex and require a very high degree of skill and knowledge.
If you’re interested in learning more about how chin augmentation surgery can improve your appearance, call or contact our office. Our staff will be more than happy to answer your questions.