Implants make it easier to stick your chin out - FOX 13 News

Implants make it easier to stick your chin out

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Linda Grisham says it was time to change her look.

"I didn't like the way that this was all saggy and felt like my neck was sagging," she said. "And I felt like I was too young to be looking like that."

Dr. Michael Jasin specializes in facial plastic surgery.  In addition to a facelift, he recommended another enhancement.

"The enhancement was a chin implant and immediately in the computer imaging, you look at the difference," he said.

And that means more people are comfortable getting the implants, according to Dr. Jasin.  He's seen a huge spike at his Tampa office.

"I happen to have a chin implant myself," said the doctor.

Chin augmentation is the fastest growing plastic surgery trend in the country, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  It went up 71 percent last year, and the numbers are even higher among men.

"People are now seeing their facial images more frequently than they normally do," he explained.

Most of the patients are baby boomers. They can thank technology for pointing out their "not so pointy" chins. Experts say social media, video chatting, Skyping, and camera phones have shown us a side of our face that we don't necessarily like.

"A chin that recedes will make a nose look bigger.  It will make a neck look less defined and it will make a jaw line look less defined," said Dr. Jasin.

So getting a chin implant can actually make your nose look smaller.

"It's done with a local anesthetic.  It takes about 30 or 40 minutes to do the procedure.  There's minimal down time and it can produce a very, very natural yet enhanced look on your face," he said.

"I had no discomfort, it doesn't move, it doesn't hurt, it's just like a part of me," Linda said.

There are some risks, though.

"Implants can come out or migrate," Dr. Jasin explained. "But it's very rare."

"The difference was just a more youthful look, more prominent, I didn't realize that when you age you lose your chin,  I don't know, I didn't think about it," Linda said.

Even her stepkids were impressed

"They said, dad's a lucky man."

Linda said the implants are making her feel more youthful.

"Sometimes I feel like I'm 15. I have a lot of energy," she added. "I'm so glad I did it.  I wish I had done it sooner."

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