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Chin implant surgery is booming

Apr 16th, 2012
Staff Writer

Photo credit: ASPSChin implants are becoming more popular among both men and women, researchers said Monday.

The desire for chin augmentation appears to be fueled in part by the growing use if video chat technology and the need for baby boomers who are still in the workforce to look younger, said experts for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which released the data.

"The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show signs of aging," said Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, ASPS president.  "People are considering chin augmentation as a way to restore their youthful look just like a facelift or eyelid surgery. . .Chin implants can make a dramatic difference."

Although the numbers of procedures are still relatively modest, chin augmentation grew more than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined in 2011. The largest increase seen in patients age 40 or older. Surgeons performed 20,680 chin implants last year, an increase of 71% over 2010.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Women: 10,087 procedures, a 66% increase
  • Men: 10,593 procedures, a 76% increase
  • 20-29 years: 2,750 procedures, a 68% increase
  • 30-39 years: 2,587 procedures, a 69% increase
  • 40-54 years: 5,075 procedures, a 77% increase
  • 55 and over: 8,459 procedures, a 70% increase

Other cosmetic procedures also increased in popularity in 2011.

  • Lip augmentation: up 49%
  • Cheek implant: up 47%
  • Laser skin resurfacing: up 9%
  • Soft tissue fillers: up 7%
  • Facelift: up 5%