When it comes to plastic surgery for facial enhancements, more and more people are turning to chin implants, either as part of facelifts or other procedures — and sometimes just on its own. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, chin implants — dubbed “chinplants” — are one of the fastest-growing procedures in the country. The number of chinplants has increased nearly 71 percent from 2010 to 2011 alone.

Experts point to a number of reasons behind the sudden growth of this procedure, which has been part of a plastic surgeon’s repertoire for decades. Here are some of the greatest benefits of chin implants.

A chinplant can give you great results on its own, but even more spectacular results when combined with other surgeries.
Younger patients often turn to chin implants to build up a receding chin. “If the face isn’t in balance — for instance, someone with a decent-sized nose and reasonable lips, but a receding chin — the chin can be taken from small to normal to balance the aesthetic of the face,” says Lori Cherup, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon with Radiance Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA. “A receding or small chin is usually accompanied by a less-than-exciting neckline. So you can tighten the neck muscles and de-fat the neck, or use a rhinoplasty to help put both the nose and chin in proportion.”

For patients over 40, who make up nearly 70 percent of new chin implant recipients, a chinplant can help create a stronger, more youthful face and neckline. “On older patients, a chin implant can make the chin firmer and help stretch out sagging skin,” says Alan Engler, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. “It can be used as a component of a facelift if someone’s looking for facial rejuvenation. Sometimes you can get by with just a liposuction under the chin, along with the implant.”

Chinplants give you a big result at a smaller cost.
“You get a lot of bang for the buck, and a lot of benefit for the grief,” says Dr. Engler. “You can achieve dramatic results, and it’s not as expensive as other procedures — which is important, especially in these difficult times.” The average surgeon’s fee for a chin implant is $1,851, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but with the price for the implant itself and the anesthesiologist, facility fee and other incidentals, expect to pay around $4,000-$5,000 in total for the procedure.

With chin implants, you get a quick result — and a quick recovery.
Patients may feel well enough to head back to work after just a few days following a chin implant procedure, and the residual swelling should be gone within a week. “Recovery time is pretty quick,” says Dr. Cherup. “You might get a little bit of stiffness in the lower lip and swelling, but usually within