Cosmetic Surgery
Keep Your Chin Up - Literally
Feb 21, 2014 - 1:47:44 PM

( - Studies show that people with a higher degree of facial symmetry tend to be viewed as more attractive to others. It's nature's way of evening things out. But when one or more features are not in balance - the chin, for instance - it can offset the true aesthetic potential of the face.

Having an overly prominent chin or a weak, receding chin leaves the rest of the face wanting for harmony. Where men are concerned, a receding chin line undermines the appearance of masculinity and personal power. Men with weak chins may have lower self-esteem and less self-assurance than their stronger chinned brethren.

The appearance of the chin is also closely linked to other facial features, the nose in particular. If the nose is a little on the large side, it can appear even larger when paired with a weak chin.  Improving a weak chin can help to balance the nose and the overall facial appearance.

The Genius of Genioplasty

Genioplasty (chin augmentation surgery) uses surgical implants to change and improve the underlying structure by adding prominence to the chin line. It's a fairly common procedure with excellent results for most men and women. The goal is the correction of any basic deficiencies in the chin causing facial imbalances and asymmetry to occur. Many patients turn to plastic surgery to correct or modify a chin deficiency and improve its cosmetic form and the patient's basic facial profile.

Sliding genioplasty is the surgical technique used to reconfigure the lower part of the chin bone and then fix it in place with a titanium plate and screws. Other techniques involve the use of the patient's own bone tissue harvested from either the ribs or lower hip. The bone is then grafted onto the chin bone, adding to its shape and size.

Surgeons also may recommend the subcutaneous placement of artificial material implants such as Gore-Tex, biocompatible ePTFE, Allo-Derm, Supramid, Mersiline mesh, a porous polyethylene material, or silicone implants. Each material has benefits and risks but the results are generally permanent and excellent when performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon skilled in genioplasty.

The Winning Chin

Genioplasty using facial implants and chin contour procedures can vastly improve the appearance of a weak chin and restore balance and symmetry with state-of-the-art materials and techniques. It will strengthen your facial appearance as well as build confidence in the way you project yourself to others.

Speak with a board certified plastic surgeon to find out if you are a candidate for chin augmentation. Dr. George Bitar is a board certified plastic surgeon located in Virginia with offices located at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, 3023 Hamaker Court, Suite 109, Fairfax, Virginia, and Prince William Hospital Health Center, 8650 Sudley Road, Suite 203, Manassas, Virginia. Call (703) 206-0506 for a private consultation.


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