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Enhancing the chin for better facial proportions and tightening contour

Non-surgical chin augmentation with cosmetic fillers can significantly enhance the contours and shape of the face by increasing the projection and height of the chin. The chin can also be made to look wider (such as in males) or narrower (such as in females). Furthermore, increasing the chin height (i.e. the distance between the bottom of the lower lip and most inferior point of the chin) can change the overall dimensions of the face to a more aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking and balanced facial proportion. Improving the forward projection of the chin can also help tighten the skin underneath, helping to reduce the appearance of a ‘double chin’ or ‘Turkey neck’ as well as enhancing the overall jawline, particularly when combined with a jawline augmentation.

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Treatment Overview

icon-clock How long is the procedure?

An initial appointment usually involves a detailed consultation with Dr Rhobaye for a tailored treatment strategy of around 45-60 minutes. The actual injection stage takes only 10-20 minutes, but can be longer if other areas of the face are also treated to optimise proportions.

icon-needle How comfortable is the treatment?

Chin reshaping treatments with fillers are usually tolerated very well. The premium cosmetic fillers that we use for the chin contain a local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort significantly.

icon-heart How long is the recovery time?

Non-surgical chin reshaping is a minimally invasive technique with significantly less risk of complications and downtime compared to surgery. You can return to work or your usual routine immediately or very soon after treatment.

You may experience some very mild swelling and occasionally bruising, which can take a few days to settle. Should bruising occur, they can be effectively covered up with makeup.

You will be advised by Dr Rhobaye on the expected recovery time so that you can plan a suitable procedure date. If requiring treatment before an important event, please book ahead allowing time for both the treatment and a 2-3 week follow-up review.

icon-eye When will I see results?

The results from hyaluronic acid filler treatments are immediate, and you should expect a noticeable improvement straight away. However, these results will develop further as the fillers undergo a process of integration and compaction, which can take some time to complete. There will also be a degree of minor soft tissue swelling which needs to resolve to assess the treatment outcome. Consequently, the final stable results can take several weeks to appear, typically 4-8 weeks.

results How long do results last?

Results may last between 12-24 months or even longer in some individuals. Although HA fillers are classified as temporary, results can persist for a long time such that the baseline is improved with each treatment. This, in turn, means that you need less filler to maintain the same results and that the results can last incrementally longer with each treatment, especially if undertaken as part of a maintenance programme.

icon-calendar How many sessions will I need?

This will be discussed during your consultation as it varies from patient to patient and on the treatment area and desired results. For some patients, only one session is necessary, whereas others may require several staged procedures over some time. We usually recommend that patients seeking further treatment allow at least 2 weeks (preferably 4 to 6 weeks) before undergoing additional filler procedures within the same area. After the optimal chin proportion is achieved, then only occasional maintenance treatments are needed perhaps once every 12-24 months.

natural-icon Will it look natural?

A fundamental principle in our treatment philosophy is that the results have to look natural. We take great care and skill in achieving this through a carefully planned treatment strategy that is highly individualised to each patient’s specific facial anatomical features. Dr Rhobaye is a highly experienced specialist and leading authority in non-surgical and minimally-invasive facial aesthetics. He uses advanced methodologies and techniques incorporating higher-level treatment philosophies that consider the face as a whole to achieve a very natural-looking appearance without distracting or disproportionate features. It is a comprehensive treatment strategy for full facial rejuvenation using the very latest and most advanced filler technology.

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reverse Can the treatment results be reversed?

Our experience with non-surgical chin enhancement is that the patient satisfaction rate of this procedure is extremely high. Nevertheless, one of the main advantages of using hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers is that the procedure is reversible. If a patient wishes to reverse the changes for any reason, a particular enzyme (hyaluronidase) can be injected into the treatment area to dissolve the HA filler.

Disclaimer: Individual results and reactions may vary and can be affected by factors such as anatomy, physiology, metabolism, physical as well as environmental stresses, and fluctuations in body weight.

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  • Chin anatomy

    The chin is the anterior prominence of the jawbone at the most inferior part of the face. Consequently, it is a fundamental structural component that determines the lower facial shape and facial height and is the most important aesthetic feature of the lower face.

    There are several gender-specific differences in chin anatomy with females having narrower and less prominent chins than males with a softer labiomental sulcus (groove at the junction between the chin and lower lip). The female chin typically sits slightly posterior to the lower lip, while in males, they are in line.

  • Causes of a weak chin

    In both men and women, there is gradual and progressive reabsorption of bone during the ageing process. This results in a decrease in the height of the jawbone and a reduction in chin projection, which may change the balance between the lower third and upper two-thirds of the face. Patients can develop a “weak chin” that lacks sufficient projection or shape in proportion to other facial features, which usually becomes more evident with age.

    A naturally weak chin (again, relative to ideal proportions), however, is not only a condition of advancing age but is quite often seen in young to middle-aged patients due to their genetically determined facial features. Rarely, an underlying birth or developmental abnormality may cause a range of facial deformities including those of the jawbone, chin and teeth alignment such as retrognathia.

  • Aesthetic consequences of a weak chin

    In both younger and older patients, a lack of sufficient bone structure in the chin can result in an upward tilt of the chin soft tissue (skin and fat). This can cause a deepening of a groove between the chin and lips (labiomental sulcus). This effect can result in a shortening of the height of the lower face and, in turn, overall facial dimensions relative to the width making the face appear rounder. The chin muscles in the absence of a countering force that would normally be provided by the chin bone become hyperactive leading to chin dimpling and a downturn in the corners of the mouth. The combination of a lack of bone support together with hyperactivity of the chin muscles leads to excessive eversion and under-projection of the lower lips. 

  • Benefits of non-surgical chin augmentation with cosmetic fillers

    Treatment of the lower face with specific types of volumising fillers provides a localised enhancement of the chin to improve contours. By providing structural support to the surrounding facial soft tissues, fillers counter gravitational changes, restore fullness and offer a lift with gentle skin expansion, helping to reduce facial sagging. They also provide a “forward push” to the soft tissues of the chin, including the superficial neck muscle, such that neck contours usually become better defined. Enhancement of the chin with fillers can help to reduce the appearance of under-chin fullness or “double chin”, creating a more aesthetically pleasing side profile and, indirectly, better jawline definition. Furthermore, the relative projections and hence proportions of the nose, lips and chin from the side are important aesthetically as they can influence the appearance of the middle and lower thirds of the face. By balancing these key facial structures in harmony with each other (a procedure termed ‘profiloplasty’), a significant aesthetic enhancement can be achieved.

  • Combining fillers with a temporary-acting muscle relaxant

    Patients with a weak chin often develop a chin that appears to rotate or tilt upwards because of hyperactive chin muscles. They may also present with chin dimpling (‘Poppy Chin’) with a cobblestone-like appearance on expression as well as a variable degree of a downturn in the corners of the mouth. This undesirable chin tilt and dimpling can also be significantly improved with a chin augmentation. Still, they can be further helped by reducing the action of the chin muscles (especially the central mentalis muscle and sometimes the paired depressor muscles) using tiny doses of a temporary acting muscle relaxant. This treatment can further help to rebalance the chin for a stronger appearance – even in the absence of any volume augmentation.

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