Anecdotal information indicates that as men and women spend more time video chatting, they are noticing laxity in their jaw lines. This, coupled with baby boomers' desire to compete with younger colleagues, has fueled the trend, Dr. Vasileff believes.
According to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of chin augmentations performed in the U.S. increased 71 percent between 2010 and 2011, more than breast augmentation, BOTOX® injections and liposuction combined. The highest increase was among people ages 40 to 54.
Dr. Vasileff has experienced this trend in his practice as well, and he notes that many of his patients are having rhinoplasty in Michigan at the same time.
"Chin augmentation can correct a receding chin or balance out asymmetries,"
He says it is common for models to have this combination surgery to create a well-balanced nose and a longer, more dramatic jaw line.
"Doing two procedures at the same time is a good way to attain the best balance," he says. "For example, when having eyelid surgery or a face lift, Michigan patients often opt for cheek surgery as well to fill out depressions that make them appear tired."
No matter what type of cosmetic surgery a person is considering, Dr. Vasileff stresses the importance of finding an experienced surgeon who is familiar with the procedure and asking to see before-and-after pictures of the doctor's work before making a final decision.
"There are many plastic surgeons in Michigan, but it's critical to select a doctor who is a board-certified plastic surgeon. And, even then, it's important to ask about your surgeon's training, experience and hospital privileges,"
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