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Plastic surgery: Hottest trend is chin implants, but why?

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Chin implants has become the most popular plastic surgery, finds report.

If you’re thinking about having plastic surgery, a new study shows you might forego Botox, liposuction or breast implants and instead choose a chin augmentation.

Now men and women both are seeking chin implants, which might be spawned by exposure to video technology, which gives people a chance to really see their own facial flaws. A new study shows men and women over age 20 want strong jawlines to maintain a youthful look and because they feel it can make them more successful in the workplace. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says chin implants are now the hottest trend in cosmetic surgery, especially among people over age 40.

Strong chin linked to trustworthiness and more

It seems a strong jawline is a characteristic of many CEO's. Darrick Antell, MD, an ASPS Member Surgeon based in New York City who studies profiles of executives in the workplace said in a press release, “We know that CEOs tend to be tall, attractive, good-looking people. We now know that these people also tend to have a stronger chin. As a result, people subconsciously associate a stronger chin with more authority, self-confidence and trustworthiness."

Some people don’t like the way video technology that is now widely used to connect with others in the workplace makes them look, so they turn to plastic surgery for a remedy.

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The trend started in 2010 and has been steadily growing. Chin implant popularity is up 71% in two years. The procedure is more popular among men, according to the new statistical report. Roughly 20,700 Americans had the procedure, which takes 1 to 3 hours, in 2011.

Lizette Stephens who manages a software company had her ‘chinplant’ done exactly because she didn’t like seeing herself on video chat.

"It really, really bothered me," Stephens said. "I wanted to do something about it to get a more profound profile and more definition in my chin area.”

Cheek implants also seem to be popular; rates were up 47% last year. Other statistics from the report show a 5% rise in facelifts; 7% increase in procedures using fillers for lines and wrinkles and a 9% bump in laser skin resurfacing. Lip augmentation saw a 49% increase.

Plastic surgery seems to be a booming business, with chin implants gaining widespread popularity in a competitive workplace. The desire to reach CEO status, combined with the ability to see ourselves on video chat seems to be driving the trend. Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said in a written statement, "The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show signs of aging."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
'Chinplants' are Fastest Growing Procedure

Updated 6/13/2014