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Want a 'chinplant'? You're not alone

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  • The number of chin implant surgeries went up 71% last year, research shows
  • Plastic surgeons say video chatting is to blame
  • Would you seek a more chiseled chin for a video chat?
Want a 'chinplant'? You're not alone

The fastest-growing trend in plastic surgery? Chin implants.

New research from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that the number of chin implants performed in the U.S. sky-rocketed to more than 20,000 last year -- a 71% increase from 2010.

Even more random is the reason that’s causing people to seek a chiseled chin: Video chatting.

As people see themselves on their computer screen during a video chat, “they may notice that their jaw line is not as sharp as they want it to be,” ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth told the Wall Street Journal.

One patient says she got under the knife because she noticed her double chin after video chatting with clients.

"It really, really bothered me," Lizette Stephens, a software company manager, told CBS News. "I wanted to do something about it to get a more profound profile and more definition in my chin area."

The majority of the people who got chin implants last year were 55-years and older, but about the same number of men and women got the surgery, according to the ASPS.

Also known as mentoplasty or “chinplants,” chin augmentation surgery still doesn’t beat out Botox or breast augmentation surgery. ASPS finds that about 307,000 Americans get breast augmentation surgery each year.

What about you: Would you get a chin implant in order to look better on your computer screen?

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