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Studies show that men with “weak” chin structures are less successful than men with stronger jaw lines. Can chin augmentation procedures deliver guys a certain masculine something that boosts careers?

It’s a sad but true fact that people who are considered good-looking tend to have an easier time in life. Not just when it comes to scoring with members of the opposite sex, but in their work and business lives as well. But what, exactly, is good-looking anyway?

You’d think the answer to that question would be highly subjective. After all, one person’s George Clooney is the next person’s Ernest Borgnine. There is little accounting for taste – different people find different things attractive in others.

There does tend to be one feature, however, that whether people are conscious of it or not, appears to be universally accepted as critical to a man’s physical attractiveness. And what feature is that, you ask? Nope, it’s not the nose, eyes, or an impressive bulge in the groin area either – it’s the chin.

Guys with decidedly “weak” chins tend not to be as successful in business as those Kirk Douglas’s among us blessed with the proverbial strong protruding kind.

Now, a skeptical mind could disregard this as pure nonsense. After all, how do you accurately measure something like this to begin with? Well, the magnitude of anecdotal evidence aside, Dr. Darrick Antell, a New York based plastic surgeon who doubles as a spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), recently examined the profiles of the top CEO’s on the Fortune 500 list, and sure enough, a full 94% of them had chins considered average or above average in prominence when compared with the rest of us.

Still not convinced? Take a good look at the top male actors in Hollywood someday, you know, the leading men and heartthrobs. Trust me, you won’t find too many weak chins among them.

None of this necessarily means that if you have a weak or double-chin you’ll never amount to squat, of course, but it does further indicate that a prominent chin plays a big role in how positively men are perceived. A prominent chin is associated with masculinity and strength, and has been for a long time in our culture.

New Hope for the Chinless

Is that fair? Absolutely not, but whoever said life was fair? Fortunately, however, if you’ve been burdened with what’s considered a “weak chin” all of your life, you don’t have to be stuck with it for much longer. Courtesy of the wonders of chemistry and science, there is now a safe, common, and relatively simple procedure a skilled plastic surgeon can do to change it: chin augmentation by way of implants.

For the longest time chin implant surgery – also known as genioplasty – was essentially only used for facial reconstruction surgery in cases spawned from birth defects or trauma-related incidents. If your face were to be rendered unrecognizable after a car accident, for example.

But these days surgeons also employ facial implants for cosmetic reasons, either to enhance a weak chin or create better symmetry with the rest of an individual’s face. Patients commonly request the procedure to compliment their rhinoplasty, cheek implants, or other cosmetic enhancements they’ve had done to improve facial balance.

Most chin implants are made from hard silicone, which despite its name is a soft, rubbery, flexible material. It’s also bio-compatible, which is pretty important since it’s a material that sparks no adverse reactions from your body. The implants themselves come in different shapes and sizes, and in some cases are cut specifically to best suit a given patients face. Cleft chin and square-jaw implants are also commonly available.

George Clooney is a model for a chin augmentation
George Clooney’s strong chin plays a part in why he has been the staple of physical attractiveness over the past few decades. Men are getting chin augmentations and jaw implants to make their face more symmetrical.

How Chin Implant Surgery is Performed 

Chin augmentation surgeries are typically performed under local anesthetics with IV sedation – usually a light sleep anesthesia – or, when combined with other procedures, general anesthesia. Patients generally just sleep through the operation and have next to no memory of it afterwards.

The operation itself is a relatively straightforward procedure where the doctor first places one small incision in the skin just beneath the chin, and then inserts the implant, securing it to the jawbone to ensure stability. To complete the procedure, your doctor simply closes the incision. The results, which won’t be entirely apparent at first, will last a lifetime.

The complete chin implantation procedure takes between one and two hours to perform. The incisions are placed as inconspicuously as possible – although where exactly depends on your facial structure. Some surgeons prefer to place their incisions in the mouth, aka intraorally, while others prefer under the chin, aka extraorally.

There can be more complications when done intraorally, however, as the risk of infection is greater – especially if you don’t have the greatest oral hygiene regimen. That established, the benefits of going the oral route are considerable. First, even though scarring from extraoral incisions are minimal, the intraoral procedure leaves no scars whatsoever, and better, comes with the notable added benefit that these incisions heal much faster.

Which approach is right for you is something best discussed with your doctor. How often do you brush your teeth?

Your Initial Consultation: Choosing the Right Surgeon

As with any cosmetic/plastic surgery procedure, you definitely want to make sure the surgeon you choose for the task at hand is board certified. And not just any board with an official sounding name, the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only true body that governs these things.

Something else to consider when seeking the right doctor for a chin augmentation procedure is that the facial structures of men and women are different, so you’d be well advised to seek out a surgeon who has a history, a demonstrable proven track record, of performing successful facial procedures on men. You want to be sure they have an advanced understanding of male facial structure.

And don’t be shy about asking them for some before and after photos either – this is your face, after all, you want to make sure you feel good about the surgeon your entrusting it to.

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At the same time, on their end, the surgeon you choose for the procedure will no doubt want you to be a non-smoker, in good physical health, and with realistic expectations about the results of the operation.

The best thing to do in order to determine if chin augmentation makes sense for you in the first place is to arrange a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. The cost of the surgery will, as always, range from doctor to doctor and city to city, but should fall somewhere between $3500 and $5500. That’s not exactly cheap, but not what you could honestly label outrageous either.

And hey, if the dashing new you and your now prominent chin start getting promotions at work or securing better business opportunities as a result, you’ll consider it money well spent.

Chin Implant Recovery and Possible Complications

The recovery process from chin augmentation surgery is a fairly straightforward affair that generally lasts about a week. Most patients are able to return to work by then.

Even though you’re not likely to feel any excessive pain from the procedure, your doctor will prescribe you painkillers and possibly even so-called pharmaceutical grade Arnica Montana to help reduce any swelling or bruising that occurs. And rest assured there will be some swelling and bruising around your chin and lower face. Expect it to be there for a full week following your surgery.

Some patients report that their chins have felt numb for as long as three months after their operations – although this is definitely the exception to the rule. You will also likely be given a support brace to wear when you go to bed for the first few post-op weeks so your implant stays in the desired position and doesn’t start shifting around during the healing process.

Even though results are immediate, because of the inevitable swelling that occurs post-op the final result of your new chin won’t be fully apparent for another three or four weeks.

Chin Augmentation
Before and after look of a chin augmentation.  Swelling of your chin/jaw may take 3-4 weeks before seeing final results.

Finally, take note that as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Although highly unlikely, there is always a chance that hematoma, seroma, numbness from nerve damage, and/or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation could result from the procedure.

Should you find yourself with any of the following symptoms post operation, it could indicate something potentially serious that will require you to report back to your doctor:

  • Sudden swelling or discoloration of the lower face
  • A fever greater than 101 degrees
  • Increasing redness and/or tenderness of the wound, suggesting possible infection
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Allergic reactions to the drugs prescribed post-op.
  • The chin implant shifts

Remember, immediately following surgery your new chin will probably look bigger, or more pronounced, than it actually is because of the aforementioned swelling. So don’t rush to judgement too quickly, give it a few months to allow everything to properly settle and heal.

Plus, it usually takes people awhile to get used to the new face they’re seeing in the mirror. Your new chin might have you suddenly looking at your nose differently. It’s all connected, changing one element of your mug is going to impact the aesthetic of your entire face. Any good plastic surgeon will of course be fully aware of this inevitability and do his/her job accordingly, with the final, overall look of your face in mind.

That’s just all the more reason to make sure you actually hire a “good” plastic surgeon. Your face, like any part of your body when you get right down to it, is too important to entrust to a potential hack. It’s just one more reason to do your research and make sure you hire a competent professional for the job.

By ensuring you’ve chosen a board certified doctor for the job, you can proceed comfortable in the knowledge that you’re dealing with an authorized professional who knows what they’re doing.

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Chris Barry is a staff writer and editor for Zwivel. Chris has written stories on everything from motorcycle gangs in the Caribbean to traveling the USA with Ringo Starr. His articles have been published in such high – and sometimes low – profile publications as Vice, Maxim, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Saturday Night magazine.