As far as facial features go, it’s hard to pick one that makes more of an impact than others, but outside of your eyes, few are more storied than your chin. Chiseled chins have long been described as the facial feature that exudes confidence, authority, and strength.
That’s why we offer chin augmentation services here at Norman J. Pastorek, MD, on the Upper East Side in New York City. Using a simple implant, Dr. Pastorek has given many of his patients, male and female alike, chins that are built for success.
In fact, studies reveal that a strong chin can contribute toward success in some very subtle, and not-so-subtle, ways. Here’s a look at the role your chin plays when it comes to negotiating life.
Why the chin?
Funnily enough, humans are one of the only animals to have a chin, and scientists still haven’t figured out why. One theory was that our chins were designed to protect our faces, but while we may take it on the chin every once in a while, chins aren’t very effective defensive tools, evolutionarily speaking.
Another theory posited that chins were decorative and designed to attract mates. While this may be a valid theory that plays itself out to this day, especially on men, it fails to explain why both men and women have chins.
So, for now, your chin’s existence remains a mystery. What isn’t a mystery is its role in modern beauty and how the world sees you.
The chiseled male chin
It’s safe to say that men, more than women, are more apt to be described or noticed for their chins. And the descriptions of this feature go from “weak” to “strong,” which seem like more of a character assessment than a description. Such is the power of the chin.
A study conducted in 2015 by a plastic surgeon found that a whopping 94% of the CEOs on the Fortune 500 list had chins that ranged from average to above average in prominence, and these are some of the most successful and influential men in the country.
But we don’t need a study to understand the role the male chin plays in our society -- all we need is a movie ticket. From the very beginning (and ever since), Hollywood has turned to male actors with strong chins, from Kirk Douglas to Kit Harington. These men with prominent chins have defeated Romans, conquered the dead, and every other masculine endeavor in between. We’re not saying that the chin did all of the work, but Hollywood seems to think bravery and valor don’t come without a strong chin.
Not just a man’s world
While a strong chin can help promote masculinity, women also turn to chin implants to correct chins that are small or nonexistent, allowing the lower half of their faces to slope into their necks. While the implications of a strong chin versus a weak chin are quite clear in men, women can also be characterized based on the shape of their chins in terms of strength and weakness, just on a lesser scale.
Whether it’s biological drive or Hollywood-fabricated, it’s hard to get around the fact that your chin is a feature that sets a tone. And if you’re not happy with what your chin is saying, we can help.
If you’d like to explore how a more well-defined chin can help you make your way through the world, please give us a call, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment. We’d be happy to show you the many options and how they would look on you.