Chin Augmentation Sees Surge in Popularity

In 2011, chin augmentation has seen a huge increase in popularity among all demographics, making it one of the fastest growing trends in the plastic surgery industry. With a nearly 71 percent increase, chin augmentation has grown more than breast implants, Botox and liposuction combined.

Chin augmentation was equally popular among both men and women this past year, with approximately 10,593 men and 10,087 women electing to undergo the procedure. Also referred to as mentoplasty, chin augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape the chin. It is frequently sought out by those who are wishing to achieve a more harmonious balance of their facial features.

Chin augmentation also has undeniable anti-aging benefits, which may have contributed to its surge in popularity, especially among those over 40 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“The chin and 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,” said ASPS President Malcolm Roth.

The digital age of video-chatting may also be a contributing factor. Men and women who are connecting with other people both socially and professionally on Skype and other popular video-chatting technologies are seeing themselves more often and in a more animated manner.

“We also know that as more people see themselves on video chat technology, they may notice that their jawline is not as sharp as they want it to be. Chin implants can make a dramatic difference.”

The increased interest in chin augmentation follows a more gradual growth in the plastic surgery industry. Cosmetic procedures saw roughly a 5 percent increase across the board in 2011.

Sources: Fox News and the ASPS

Interest in Chin Augmentation Grows with Palin’s New Look

chin augmentationSpeculation surrounded Bristol Palin after she debuted a more defined jawline and chin. Was is plastic surgery, weight loss, a combination of the two or something else? It turns out, as she told US Weekly magazine, that she had corrective jaw surgery so her jaw and teeth could properly realign.

Still, Palin said she is pleased with the resulting look, and her transformation has created interest in chin augmentation.

Chin surgery improves and enhances jawline contours and balances a personâ??s face by adding projection to the chin. A specially shaped implant is inserted in front of the jawbone during the surgery.

There are also non-surgical options, such as injectable fillers, for improving the look of the chin. For instance, a concave chin could be corrected with hyaluronic acid fillers by temporarily building out the chin.

The Washington Post asked an oral and cosmetic facial surgeonâ??s opinion on Palin’s look, and he believes she did undergo â??some procedure on her chin … It also appears as if she has had liposuction under her jaw.

However, Palin said that she wouldn’t consider plastic surgery unless she got in an accident or something terrible and got disfigured.”

Whether it was cosmetic, corrective or a combination, Palin is happy with her look. She told US Weekly, “I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I look older, more mature, and don’t have as much of a chubby little baby face!”

Clinical Trial Launched for Injectable to Reduce Double Chin

clinical trial for injectable to reduce double chinThe future might hold a non-surgical cosmetic procedure to get rid of the dreaded double chin. The pharmaceutical company Bayer has announced that it is launching tests for an injectable drug to combat the fat deposits that lead to a double chin.

In a statement, Bayer said that it’s conducting clinical trials for ATX-101, an injectable drug “for the reduction of localized fat under the chin (submental fat).”

The clinical trial will include about 720 people from Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy. Bayer’s goal is to launch a product in Europe, Asia and South America in 2014.

“There is a huge demand for a safe, effective and approved injectable treatment for localized fat reduction,” said Jean-Paul Ortonne, a French dermatologist involved in the trials.

How would the injectable work? Bayer spokeswoman Yvonne Moeller compared ATX-101 to “something like a tattoo.” Between 40 and 70 tiny injections are administered into the fat cells over several sessions, with the amount depending on the size of the double chin and the person, she said.

She added that patients should start to see noticeable results after about 16 weeks.

While there is no mention of the U.S. in their current trials, if the injectable proves to be safe and effective for reducing a double chin, it’s possible it may eventually be tested for use in the U.S. Until then, surgical procedures such as liposuction or chin surgery may be options for reducing a double chin. Dr. Jonov will suggest the procedure that will produce the best outcome for you during your consultation.

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