Plastic Surgeons Agree Video Chat Fuels Rush for Chin Implants

In a recent interview with the Sun Sentinel, Dr. Paul Wigoda shared his thoughts on how chin implants are gaining in popularity. The interest in chin enhancements follows a more gradual overall growth in the plastic surgery industry, which saw 13.8 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2011, 5 percent more than the year before. With the recession easing and Americans finding they have more disposal income, more are fixing their imperfections, said board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda of Fort Lauderdale.

“I would say there’s an increase in general because of the economy,” Wigoda said. Video chat is driving more than chin implants. Wigoda has seen more patients come in complaining about how their nose looks on screen and seeking rhinoplasty.

Bristol Palin sent all the gossip mill when she had her chin redone a few years ago, but she may have been heralding the start of a trend. With the rise of video chat, people are becoming more and more concerned about how they look on smartphones and iPads everywhere and are turning to chin implants to improve their profiles.

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) reports that the number of chin implants has skyrocketed over the past year. About 20,680 chin implants were done in 2011. That’s a 71% increase over previous years. And it’s not just women who are sprucing up their chins. Men were equally as likely to get chin implants and the largest increase in chin surgeries were on people over 40.

Chatting on Skype and other video technologies may be fueling the change. Many people who had the surgery done report not being satisfied with their profiles when they saw themselves on screen. But increasing self-esteem isn’t the only benefit of getting chin implants. A spokesperson for the AAPS says that chin implants may also boost a person’s career. Approximately 90% of CEOs had larger than average chins when compared to the general population.

The procedure is fairly straightforward. It is done on an outpatient basis using either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. A silicone implant is placed under the skin over the jaw bone to give the area more definition. Usually patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days, though it usually takes about three months for full results.

Like any other surgery, the knowledge and experience of the surgeon is essential. When shopping around for South Florida plastic surgeon, make sure he or she is certified and ask for photos of their previous work.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda to see if plastic surgery is right for you.

Source: Sun Sentinel Article

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Comments on Bristol Palin’s New Look

Broward General Chief of Plastic Surgery
Paul Wigoda, MD noticed Bristol Palin is looking different these days – and he’s not the only one. Media outlets from People Magazine to Business Insider are commenting on her drastic change in apperance.

Palin attributes a jaw surgery to the change: “Yes,” she admitted to Us Weekly when asked if she’d gone under the knife. “It improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons…so my jaw and teeth could properly realign.”

Insisting “I don’t obsess over my face,” the 20-year-old also cops to loving her results. “I look older, more mature, and don’t have as much of a chubby little baby face!”

“It’s great that Bristol is so pleased with the results of her surgery,” says Dr. Wigoda. “Her face does look more mature overall. It appears to me that her chin was extended, giving her a more angular jaw line. This could be from a chin implant but is more likely from actual surgery on the jawbone. However, I do feel the chin is a bit too long now. It would not surprise me if she had some liposuction of her neck done at the same time. She does have some asymmetry with the left side of the face along the jawline being more concave than the right. This may be natural, since the two halves of the face are never exactly symmetric, or it could be as the result of the surgery. As long as she is happy, that’s all that really matters.”

Considering having liposuction, fillers or other cosmetic procedures in South Florida? Learn more about Dr. Wigoda’s practice, awards and certifications on his website.