What’s in a Chin? Chin Augmentation for Men

What’s the number one mark of masculinity?


For many men and women, it’s a square, chiseled jaw. There’s plenty of science to back up this up. For example, a recent study found that women were naturally more attracted to masculine faces with square jaws, especially while ovulating. And, while you can hit the gym to pump up your muscles, there isn’t much you can do on your own to amend a weak jawline, except for grow a beard to cover it up.


That’s why chin augmentation for men has become so popular. Nearly 10,000 men sought chin augmentation in the year 2014 alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That number has remained relatively steady since the year 2000, and we have seen that reflected with our Pittsburgh patients.


How can chin augmentation help you to look more masculine?

Chin augmentation can lead to a more-defined jawline by resizing and reshaping the chin. Many men are born with soft, weak chins which don’t give their faces much definition or strong contours. Luckily, this can be easily addressed through surgery.


How does chin augmentation work?

Most chin augmentation surgeries either involve inserting an implant or reshaping the bones of the face themselves. Your own fat tissue can also be contoured by the surgeon.

Dr. Wooten will likely put you under general anesthesia during the procedure. Along with her surgical team, she’ll make an incision either inside your mouth or just under your chin to create a pocket for the implant. Most implants are made out of silicone. The implant itself will likely be sutured or screwed to your bone.

Scarring is usually minimal and invisible. This is especially true if the incision is made from inside your mouth. Because of this, and because of the skilled contouring by Dr. Wooten and her team, your chin augmentation procedure will be effective but subtle. The surgery can take 1 to 3 hours and the bulk of your recovery should be over within a week.


How long does chin augmentation last?

Unlike other types of implants, most chin implants are able to last a lifetime. There’s a slight chance that natural implants, like those formed from your bone or fat tissue, may be reabsorbed into your body, however.

While you’ll see an immediate change, the final result of your chin augmentation surgery likely won’t surface for at least three months. That’s because that’s how long the entirety of your swelling may take to go down.


Why get chin augmentation?

We’ve already mentioned above that potential female mates seem to prefer stronger, more masculine chins when choosing their partners. At the very least, our culture associates stronger chins with more masculine people.

Some studies have also found that stronger chins correlate with professional success. One study focusing on the military found that cadets at West Point with more masculine jawlines went on to higher ranks than their weaker-chinned peers.

Strong chins can also help older men look younger. Our faces tend to lose definition as we age and so do our jawlines. Looking older can potentially have a variety of deleterious effects, making some men less attractive romantically and even threatening their job security. It’s no wonder that many of the men who opt for plastic surgery cite professional concerns as their top motivators.


So if you’d like to look more masculine, smooth out a small double chin, and enhance your profile, chin augmentation might be the way to go. Call us to schedule your consultation!

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