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Combining Rhinoplasty and Chin Augmentation Can Enhance Outcome, Says Study

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Chin augmentation and rhinoplasty are among the most popular cosmetic facial surgical procedures, bringing balance and proportion to the face. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery improves the shape and structure of the nose while chin augmentation enhances chin contour. According to the 2013 annual report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nose reshaping surgery is the second most popular cosmetic procedure with about 221,000 treatments. Even when chin augmentation didn’t make to a top spot in 2013, it is a widely accepted facial rejuvenation treatment. These treatments are usually opted for individually, but researchers from the University of Verona, Italy have reported that combining rhinoplasty and chin augmentation can improve the outcome and provide longer-lasting results.

The experts wanted to examine the benefits of combining aesthetic surgery for the nose with chin enhancement. The participants were a group of 90 plastic surgery candidates who had for a combination procedure between 2002 and 2004. Follow-up three years later showed that

  • Just under half of the people who had chin reduction experienced no changes in the results of the treatment
  • 52 percent of the chin extension candidates showed a "stable" profile three years later. Chin length had been altered by not more than a millimeter

The authors recommend combining these treatments to improve the outcome. According to them, the shape of the nose, chin and neck in relation to each other determines whether an individual has an "aesthetically proportionate" face. For instance, a person who has rhinoplasty alone may not experience the desired results if he or she has a disproportionate chin. Restructuring the chin along with the nose job would certainly go a long way in improving overall facial aesthetics.

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