According to Darrick Antell, MD, a plastic surgeon in New York City, and a spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more and more men are opting for chin implants.

Antell says he examined the profiles of 42 top CEOs on the Fortune 500 list and found that 94% of them had chins that were either average or above average in prominence, compared to the general population.

In general, Antell says, plastic surgery is getting more popular among men. Men are having rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and liposuction.

"Oftentimes, the chin is an overlooked part of the face, and it can make a positive impact both in men and women in how they look," says Antell. "I was always interested in CEOs. It’s been known they tend to be taller than the average population; they’re good-looking, well spoken people. And that’s not something you can exercise to make bigger. You either have it or you don’t. Surgery is the only option [if you don’t]."

Antell explains that a chin implant is a soft, rubbery, flexible material that can be inserted with a small incision.

"It sits right on the chin," he says, "to give you a stronger impression. And it also increases the distance under the chin to give you a cleaner look and minimize the double-chin. They’re typically in there for life once they’re put in. But if, for some reason, you decided you didn’t like it, short-term after the surgery, you could take it out. I’ve rarely had to do that."

Antell says he has seen a doubling in the last 5 years of patients having chin implants.

"Sometimes it’ll be done in conjunction with a face-lift or liposuction to minimize the double-chin," he says.

[CBS News, August 29, 2008]