In 2012, a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that chin augmentation surgery is fast becoming the most popular cosmetic procedure amongst all demographics. In the last few years, chin augmentation, or genioplasties, have become more popular among both men and women, as well as among all cosmetic surgery patients over the age of 20. The largest spike was seen in patients over the age of 40.
Why Is Chin Augmentation Surgery So Popular?
The rise in popularity of genioplasties may be in part due to the “look good, feel good” dictum of our society. The increase in people using video chat technology may also play a part in this trend, as many people who spend a lot of time being seen on computer screens want to improve their appearance. Other factors such as the aging baby boomer population and an increasingly competitive job market may also play a role. A sliding genioplasty or chin augmentation can make you look fitter and more attractive by transforming a round full looking lower face to a more triangular defined face.
Many people feel seek chin augmentation surgery or sliding genioplasty to enhance a chin that is disproportionate to the rest of their face. Other people choose to undergo a genioplasty to correct a birth defect or a major injury that changed their appearance. Qualified plastic surgeons across Canada and the United States find that, in general, male patients want a more prominent chin while female patients want to add a softer, yet more defined look to their faces. In the practices of qualified Canadian plastic surgeons, genioplasties are often combined with facelifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasties (nose surgery) and laser skin resurfacing.
Who Can Benefit From Chin Augmentation Surgery?
A genioplasty can be a great surgical option for people who have either a receding chin or one that is elongated but retruded. A chin that is too small can make a patient’s nose appear disproportionately large, their face look round, full, and poorly defined. A chin that is too long can give women a less feminine look and a man a less masculine look. A lengthened retruded chin can dominate a person’s facial features. By increasing or decreasing the projection or length of a patient’s chin, a plastic surgeon qualified in chin surgery procedures, particularly sliding genioplasty, can optimize a patients facial proportion, making them look fitter, more striking, younger and more attractive. The surgeon does this by repositioning the bone that supports the patient’s chin. The bone then heals and fuses in its new position resulting in a more proportionate position and size.
In the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will take the time to learn the patient’s goals and expectations. A patient seeking improvement of their facial aging, such as jowls or a “turkey waddle” of their neck, may get a large improvement with a chin surgery procedure such as a sliding genioplasty. Others, seeking rhinoplasty, for instance, because of what they perceive as an over-sized nose, may also benefit from chin augmentation, if their nose is actually normal sized but disproportionate to their small or retruded chin. Since every patient is different, the surgeon will come up with a surgical plan and treatment process that is right for their patient.
The Post-Surgery Experience
After the surgery, the patient may experience some moderate pain, as well as a feeling of tenderness and tightness around their jaw and teeth. At this time, the patient will also experience swelling and bruising. After approximately two weeks , the patient, depending on what type of chin surgery they’ve had, will be able to resume most of their normal non-exertional routine. By this time, most of the swelling and bruising will have dissipated.
If you want to enhance your beauty through chin augmentation in Toronto, call or email our Toronto office. We’ll be more than glad to answer all of your questions. We also invite you to meet with our plastic surgeon, qualified in craniomaxillofacial surgery, and discuss your goals and expectations for this procedure. The surgeon can help you determine the best plan for surgery and tell you the results that you can expect from their work.