Doctor: Better, Safer Alternative to Chin Implants
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Megan Chasnis spent most of her youth not loving what she saw in the mirror. The Lake Norman resident says, "I never felt comfortable wearing my hair back because of this double chin."
She tried dieting but her profile didn't change. Chasnis decided surgery was the next step. She says, "A chin implant made me nervous with maybe moving or not looking natural."
He often recommends a sliding genioplasty instead. That's when surgeons go through a patient's mouth, cut the chin bone and move it forward slightly. Finical says the hour and a half procedure is comparable in price to a chin implant and unlike the synthetic device, there is no risk of infection, future movement or erosion. "The results are certainly permanent," says Finical.
Some experts speculate that more people are obsessing over their chins due to technology like Skype and Facetime, which often forces users to view themselves at unflattering angles. Whether you want a chin implant or sliding genioplasty, Finical says find a board certified plastic surgeon. He says, "Everybody should be assessed individually."
Chasnis was back at work after six days. She says people wondered if she lost weight or changed her hair color. She knew it was her new profile and says, "It was a life changing procedure for me."
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says more than 20,000 chin augmentations were carried out in the US in 2011, a a 71% increase from 2010.