Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is a very personal decision and should not be taken lightly, according to Dr. Kapil Saigal, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and dual board certified surgical subspecialist with more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. One of the many cosmetic surgeries he specializes in is chin implants.

Chin implant surgery, also known as chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, might not have been as popular as other types of cosmetic surgery at one time, but it is quickly growing among both men and women.

There are several benefits to having chin implant surgery:

A More Youthful Appearance
As we get older, our skin tends to sag and wrinkles set in. A chin implant will help tighten the muscles in the neck and smooth out any skin that has loosened due to excess fat deposits that have developed over the years.

An Improved Jaw Line
In addition to wrinkles that might appear on the neck, some people may find jowls developing under their jawline. These fleshy, hanging parts under the lower jaw can be alleviated with chin implant surgery, creating a more sculpted jawline and prominent chin. Masculinity and femininity can also be enhanced with a strengthened jawline.

A Better Profile
Some people are not happy with their facial profile. They feel their nose is too big or their cheeks are not distinctive enough. Chin implant surgery can help balance out these features, resulting in a more symmetrical view from all angles.

More Confidence and Self-Esteem
Vanity is something we all have, some more than others, but most people want to look their best. Having a good appearance helps build our self-esteem and confidence, and a chin implant can do just that.

Available Options
As mentioned before, chin implant surgery is a very personal decision. But for those people who are still undecided or on a tight budget, several options are available. One option is digital enhancement software where the patient can see realistic results of what a chin implant can do for their appearance.

Another option is a non-surgical procedure in which a substance called Radiesse® is injected to add volume to the chin. This procedure can be done in the doctor’s office and only lasts for a few months, but the results will give the patient time to get used to the feel of the temporary implant and evaluate their new appearance in order to help them decide whether or not they want the permanent chin implant operation.

While getting a chin implant will significantly improve a man or a woman’s facial features when done by a board certified, professional plastic surgeon, anybody considering such surgery should always consult a doctor first to understand the procedure and any potential risks involved. They should also ask for their qualifications, experience, and before and after pictures of previous work the doctor has performed.

Dr. Kapil Saigal graduated with honors from The University of Miami School of Medicine. He is certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities he also serves as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Saigal’s website is drsaigal.com