April 17, 2012- The top cosmetic procedures being done in the U.S. are breast augmentation and Botox. However, chin implants have become the fastest-growing trend says new data released by the America Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Over 7,000 physicians comprise the group. The data says chin implants have grown by 71% in the past year. In 2011, 20,680 chin procedures were performed. Nearly an even number of men and women had the procedures done, with the highest increase seen in patients over 40 years of age.
The president of the ASPS, Malcolm Roth said one of the reasons more may opt for the procedure is due to video-chat technology. The patients notice that their jaw line is not quite as sharp as it once was, he said.
The chin surgery, medically referred to as mentoplasty, normally involves just an incision in the mouth or at the crease beneath the chin. An implant, made from silicon or another similar material, is then inserted into the chin’s soft tissue. The procedure is usually quite quick and can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The average fee for the procedure nationwide is $1,850. Often times the patient has nose reshaping or rhinoplasty at the same time to achieve better proportion.