Have you ever wondered what it is that makes people look attractive, or why some people are considered especially beautiful or handsome? You might think it has to do with having a specific set of eyes or the perfect lips, but it really comes down to balance and proportion. People with more balance and proportion in their face have better facial harmony which translates into a greater level of attractiveness. The ancient Greeks actually had a way to find the ideal proportions in just about anything. It’s called the Golden Ratio, and you can find it in nature, architecture, and even faces.
So what does this have to do with plastic surgery? Well, there are different procedures that can help you improve your facial harmony by making your features more proportional and balanced so that they better reflects the Golden Ratio. One of these procedures is chin augmentation.
How Does Chin Augmentation Work?
Some people are born with naturally weak chins. A weak chin is a chin that isn’t very distinguishable from the rest of the jaw. It isn’t a prominent feature and sometimes blends almost completely with the lower half of the face.
Chin augmentation adds more volume and definition to the chin so that it becomes more defined and distinguished. Your chin becomes its own feature, but it also works better with the other features of your face. This is the ultimate goal of facial harmony, making your features great individually and as a part of the entire face. This improvement in definition is evident when you look at your face from the front and also when your face is viewed from the side, so you look great from all angles!
What is a Chin Augmentation Procedure Like?
For most people, adding more volume and definition to the chin means using a chin implant. These implants are inserted through an incision and placed carefully into position over the bone. Once the implant is securely in place, the incision is closed with sutures or medical tape. The incision can be made either beneath the chin near the jaw bone, or inside the lower lip.
The implant itself can be made of materials like silicone or Gore-Tex. These materials have their pros and cons, but both are proven to be effective at improving the look of the chin. The type of implant that will be used in your surgery depends on your individual needs for your chin as well as what the surgeon is comfortable using.
Recovery from a chin augmentation is relatively quick, about three to five days. After surgery, your chin and the area surrounding it will probably experience some swelling and maybe even a little bruising. The incision will heal within a few days and will leave very little scarring. You will be able to see the results of your surgery right away, though the full effect won’t be visible until after the swelling has resolved.
Other Types of Chin Augmentation
There are other less common options for chin surgery that are available to patients. One involves using facial fat transfers. Fat can be harvested from your body and then injected into different areas to add more volume or shape. Patients with chins that aren’t as weak or in need of a drastic change can have their fat transferred into their chin instead of getting implants. Once the fat is injected, it stays in place. Plus, because it is harvested from the same person receiving the injections, there is a significantly reduced risk of complications.
Male vs. Female Chin Augmentation
Chin augmentation is the same procedure whether you are a man or woman, but the actual design of the chin may vary between genders. This happens because the proportions which make for an attractive face are also different between genders. Men typically have chins that are slightly more prominent than women; their jaw bones are more pronounced, as are their nose and forehead. Women tend to have softer features, which means that they blend together a little more than on a man’s face.
Regardless of gender, each face is slightly different from another, so the same chin isn’t going to work on every female or every male patient. Some patients need to have their chin augmented more dramatically while others only need a little boost.
Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery
Understanding what each patient needs is critical to being an effective chin augmentation surgeon. Dr. Todd Hobgood works with each of his patients to discuss their goals for surgery and completes an in-depth analysis of the patient’s face to understand their facial harmony. Dr. Hobgood is one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Arizona and is double-board certified for surgical and nonsurgical procedures involving the face, head, and neck.