Facing the facts: what’s involved in chin lift surgery?

 Just like a very good haircut can totally change someone’s look, chin lifts are one of those surgeries that can change the whole appearance of a face, without being obvious that any surgery has taken place. And although you may leave people guessing (Is it a new cut? New glasses? Perhaps a new bronzer?) it’s also a real confidence boosting procedure. In this post, prepared in collaboration with Sydney's Dr Hunt, we explore what exactly is involved in chin surgery, helping you, to get the facts.

When it comes to our faces, we are our own worst critics. Women layer themselves with makeup, men spend hours shaping the perfect stubble. All in an effort to look our very best for the people we love to the strangers on the street. But when we feel we look out of balance, whether that's because of an underbite or overbite, it's only natural to see what options are available. Not just that, but a double chin can really take its toll emotionally. After all, no one wants to feel overweight, old or unattractive.

Although a double chin may be down to your genes, oftentimes it's purely down to ageing and gravity taking its toll. Over the years, skin loses elasticity, the property that keeps everything taught, toned and, more importantly, youthful looking. Muscles in the face and neck also begin to loosen. Add a fat-rich diet and sedentary lifestyle and the recipe for a double chin increases.

A chin lift is a surgical procedure that permanently banishes the bulge and sag. This doesn't involve any chin implants; rather, it's designed to remove a double chin without the need for a full face lift. It's less invasive and perfect for people who want to leave their face the way nature intended, but get a youthful look back. Of course, it can also be combined with a facelift for a complete transformation.

In cases where there is good skin elasticity, liposuction is an effective tool of fat removal. New technologies also use ultrasound to target specific pockets of fatty tissue, with minimal trauma to connective tissues. The fat is removed, restoring the face to a healthier, youthful look. And skin will naturally retract making the surgery almost unnoticeable.

If there is a lot of sagging, or poor elastin levels, a chin lift - where incisions are made by the ear and skin pulled upwards and taught before being sutured in place - is a great alternative. It’s like a mini facelift, and follows the same basic principles. Scarring is minimal, but like with all surgery, there will be evidence of the surgeon’s knife. This can be covered up by hair and a good concealer though, so the trade-off is worth it.
A good surgeon will be able to determine what’s needed to make you look the way you want. Chin implants have seen a dramatic rise as men and women search for that perfect jawline. And banishing that double chin is exactly what men and women want.
It’s time to face facts: it’s all about looking and feeling confident.
About the authorThis feature was written by freelance Sydney based beauty writer, Hannah Goffman. Please feel free to share your questions in the comments below.

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