Study: Rhinoplasty, chin augmentation combined give long-lasting results
April 3, 2013
There are many benefits to undergoing two plastic surgery procedures at one time. For starters, it allows patients to combine the amount of time they'd spend laid up, recovering from each individual procedure. Furthermore, combining two or more plastic surgery operations can also enhance the overall aesthetic outcome of cosmetic surgery, and a new study out of Italy confirms that notion.
According to HealthDay News, researchers from the University of Verona were curious to see what, if any, benefits came out of combining chin augmentations with rhinoplasty. They followed a group of 90 plastic surgery patients who opted to combine these two surgeries between 2002 and 2004, and then followed up with the individuals three years later.
The news source reports that researchers found that just under half of those who had the size of their chin reduced experienced no changes in the results of those surgery. For those who underwent a chin extension, 52 percent showed a "stable" profile three years later - the length of their chin had not changed by more than a millimeter.
So why combine these two procedures? The study authors say that the shape of the nose, chin and neck in relation to one another will determine whether an individual has an "aesthetically proportionate" face. This means that if, for example, a patient with a pointy nose undergoes rhinoplasty to adjust its shape, he or she may still feel his or her face is disproportionate, because the shape of the chin was not altered as well.
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), rhinoplasty was among the top five surgical procedures performed in 2012. In total, plastic surgeons carried out 143,801 nose jobs. While chin augmentation didn't make the list of the top five, ASAPS notes that one of the benefits of chin implantation is that it can easily be performed with other procedures, including rhinoplasty.
Some plastic surgeons may recommend that patients use volume-enhancing soft tissue fillers to augment the shape of the jaw and chin. This type of procedure may be enticing for individuals who are wary about undergoing surgery, as soft tissue fillers are administered in an out-patient setting. However, for those seeking long-term results, chin augmentation surgery is the best option.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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