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Incidentally, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation have a major potential benefit in common: each can provide enhanced balance to the facial aesthetic. As such, patients who desire a more symmetrical or harmonious facial appearance are often considered candidates for one of these two surgeries. Although the two share similar abilities in that regard, they differ dramatically in their treatment areas and the manner in which they are performed. Our Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr William Townley, advises his patients to consider the following factors before choosing between chin augmentation and rhinoplasty.

“Chin augmentation” refers to a variety of techniques for enlarging or improving the appearance of the chin. This can be achieved through facial fat transfer, the placement of a silicone implant, or the use of dermal fillers (the latter being the most common option for less intensive enhancement). Chin augmentation can be especially effective for patients who wish to correct a weak or undersized chin. When completed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the treatment can contribute to a stronger, more pronounced jawline and an overall more defined profile. It is important to note that chin augmentation is virtually always performed for aesthetic purposes.

Meanwhile, rhinoplasty can offer more than just a cosmetic improvement. Colloquially referred to as a “nose job,” the procedure involves the repositioning of the nasal bones to create a more proportional structure. It can prove an ideal solution for patients who wish to change the size, shape, or position of their nose, as well as those who want to reduce the appearance of humps, bumps, or nasal asymmetry. That said, expertly performed rhinoplasty can also address functional issues, namely a deviated septum or respiratory concerns involving the nasal breathing passage. In fact, patients sometimes undergo rhinoplasty with the intention of simultaneously improving both the function and appearance of the nose.

While patients who desire a more balanced profile may benefit from one of these procedures, many choose to combine the two for a comprehensive enhancement. If you are interested in harmonizing your features through this combination of advanced surgeries, we advise you to consult a Consultant Plastic Surgeon with decades of experience and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, such as Mr Townley. For more information, we encourage you to contact our practice today.