The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of chin implant surgeries rose sharply by 71% in 2011, compared to 2010. Women and men are choosing, in roughly equal numbers it seems, to undergo chin augmentation in an effort to restore a more youthful look.
According to Dr Malcolm Z. Roth, “The chin and the jawline are among the first areas to show signs of aging…People are considering chin augmentation as a way to restore their youthful look just like a facelift or eyelid surgery.” Chin implant surgery is still a relatively new cosmetic procedure though and the top four surgeries performed continue to be breast augmentation, nose jobs, liposuction and eyelid surgery, with facelifts making the top five for the first time since the mid-2000s.
This interest in “chinplants”, as they are also known, would seem to be related to increasing career security concerns in an unstable economic climate. Looking younger, it seems, has never been so important for both men and women. Getting ahead in the workforce, and staying ahead, is believed to be a key driver in the increased uptake in chin, and other, cosmetic surgeries. This theory is supported by the interesting development that men are getting more plastic surgery procedures than at any time in the past.
Technology is also believed to be playing a part in the growing popularity of chin implantation. The increasing use of video conferencing in global commerce means that participants now have to consider their appearance at work much more than they did before and web cameras are not always the kindest of mediums. Plastic surgeons report that they are hearing more often from men and women who are not happy with how they look on video conferencing equipment.
A small, undefined or recessed chin can be aging and can also make the other features on the face, particularly the nose, look larger than they really are. A chin lift can provide more even proportions and symmetry to the features. Chin implants are often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery operations.