They say that beauty is in the eye of beholder, but when it comes to facial beauty, scientists have actually narrowed the definition of beauty down to something much more measurable – symmetry. By studying photos of faces and ranking them from least attractive to most attractive, researchers found that the perception of beauty increased as the symmetry of facial features increased.
One of the most measurable facial features is the symmetry between the projection of the chin and the projection of the forehead. In short, the commonly appreciated aesthetic requires the tip of the chin and the center of the forehead to be equally projecting, or joined by a vertical line, when viewed in profile. Keep in mind, this is simply a goal. Nobody is perfectly symmetrical (with the possible exception of Halle Berry). At any rate, when the chin is diminished it can create a weak jaw line, a mushy neck perception and even make the nose appear larger. Luckily, people needing a little help in the symmetry department can “chin up.” Creating a more distinctive and balanced profile with a chin implant is a common and highly effective solution.
Who is a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?
First, it’s important to understand that the appearance of a weak chin is often due to a shortened jaw. If your mandible needs extra length to get the chin where it needs to be, you will need to undergo additional procedures. Only a consultation with a plastic surgeon or oral surgeon can effectively address your unique chin or jaw line questions.
Other facial factors are taken into consideration during your consultation, including your eyes, lips, cheeks and especially your nose. Many patients opt to undergo a simultaneous rhinoplasty procedure to achieve the best overall results.
How are Chin Implant Procedures Performed?
There are two basic incision techniques for chin implants.
1. External Incision – The plastic surgeon makes an incision just under the chin in the hidden area behind the bone. A pocket is then surgically created, and the implant is inserted. Some doctors choose to adhere the implant to the bone while others simply close up the surrounding tissues and skin.
2. Internal Incision – In this technique, the plastic surgeon makes the incision inside the mouth, under the tongue. The benefit is that there is no visible scar, but creating and accessing the pocket is more difficult and there is a slightly increased risk of infection due to the bacteria in the mouth.
Chin implants are usually made of silicone and come in a variety of sizes. Your doctor will show you sample implant sizers of different lengths, thicknesses, heights and widths and will work closely with you to find the best option.
Are There Non-Surgical Options for Chin Augmentation?
Some patients who need only minor chin enhancement have found that synthetic dermal fillers can do the trick. Most doctors prefer a heavier and longer-lasting filler such as Radiesse to create the look of a more pronounced chin. The solution is not permanent, usually lasting 18 months or less, but it is often used as a preview or dress rehearsal before undergoing permanent chin implant surgery. Dermal fillers won’t work for chins in need of more dramatic results, and they run the risk of creating a “meatier” chin than harder silicone implants.
Are Chin Implants Worth It?
If you believe that your inner beauty is only being held back by your outer symmetry, a chin implant is a relatively affordable and easy procedure. The recovery time is short and most procedures cost between $4,000 and $7,000 depending on your geographic location and the surgeon’s experience level. It is important to note that aesthetic results are never guaranteed, and selecting the proper size and placement of the implant with your doctor is a very important decision. Yet when all the factors come together properly, there are few procedures that make such a beautiful impact.
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