Chin Implant Surgery: Putting Your Best Feature Forward
It might be surprising to learn that many people consider chin implant procedures after initially consulting a plastic surgeon about their nose.
While it’s true that the nose occupies center-stage on a person’s face, a careful analysis sometimes concludes that improving the chin can do as much or more to make a person’s overall appearance harmonious and pleasing.
One of Those Features with Meaning
It is easy to overstate this, but it’s worth a try: Some facial features carry meaning. It’s true and important that the overall impression – how all the facial features harmonize together – is the goal of improvement. Still it is worth considering that certain features communicate more specifically than others.
The mouth or lips, for example, can communicate generosity, openness and liveliness. In a similar sense, the chin frankly is a focus of strength – or not. Now these are subjective statements, but most any Hollywood makeup artist would probably agree with them when given the task of creating a character. And experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeons often come to the same conclusions, either consciously or unconsciously, after years of working at the corner of Art and Science.
Fundamental, But Not Unchanging
Even though the chin is so fundamental to the overall impression of the face, it is less often considered for plastic surgery than some other features. Implicitly, there appears to be a widespread idea that the chin is less changeable.
In fact, the chin does change – or appear to change – over the course of a person’s life. The surrounding tissue often is the source of this change. The fat that is naturally under the skin or below the chin can increase, or the volume of the skin’s surface can decrease through loss of collagen, or the skin itself can become slack from its lifelong relationship with gravity. All these surrounding factors can cause the chin to appear different as life goes on.
In other cases, the chin we’re born with just may not be saying what we want to say about the person behind it. A receding profile at the chin might imply weakness or uncertainty, or just not match the rest of the person’s profile.
The Procedure Itself: Straightforward
As solid and fundamental as the chin may appear, enhancing it’s profile does not require more work, or deeper work, than many other plastic surgery procedures.
Implants can be selected from several tissue-compatible materials and a wide variety of shapes, then sculpted to impart the exact profile you and your surgeon aim for. Incisions are placed where they will remain invisible, or virtually so.
Most people in good health can be candidates for chin implant surgery. We invite you to schedule an easy, expert discussion of what chin implant surgery could mean in the context of your own features, goals and desires.
About Mike Majmundar, M.D.
Dr. Mike Majmundar has been named a Top Doctor by Atlanta Magazine, a National Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report & Castle Connolly, a Top Beauty Expert by The Atlantan, Best Self, and Northside Woman, and Best Botox and Filler Injector by Jezebel. To read his patient reviews, visit RealSelf or Google+. Dr. Majmundar is also a member of the American Association of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons (with over 4,000 members) and the only organization dedicated to the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck, as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.