More and more people are opting for a chin filler as opposed to the classic favourite facial augmentation of lips or cheeks. This is due to the rise in facial contouring, because optimising the chin helps to create definition in the lower third of the face.
The chin is one of the central pillars of the face, and if your chin is out of proportion then the rest of your face will look off-kilter. From an aesthetic perspective, a small chin can accentuate your nose and weaken your jawline.
It’s vitally important to find an expert who has an eye for facial proportions and will consult with your concerns and thoughts before injecting.
Put simply, anyone who wants a strong profile could consider chin filler. We all lose some bone as we age and, as our jawbone shrinks, we begin to notice jowls and saggy necks. Filler can be placed on the underside of the chin to elongate the chin and help with jawline definition as a result.
For more mature patients, chin fillers are ideal to combat jawbone shrinkage, jowls and saggy necks. By injecting filler on the underside of the chin, the chin elongates to remove saggy folds, while injecting chin filler into the frontal part of the chin, and at the sides can help minimise the appearance of jowls and frown lines that extend downwards from the lips.
Younger patients can also enhance their face with strategically placed chin fillers. The jawline can be made to look more angular and sculpted.
As with all treatments, it’s necessary to take a look at all of your features and decide what your goals are. Basically, the chin should not be treated in isolation but instead in the context of the whole face, particularly the rest of the jawline.
There will be a few temporary side effects as with any filler. Risks are very low, but there is a small risk of swelling and bruising for a few days afterwards, and a very small chance the injection will hit a blood vessel and cause a bruise.
If you’re prone to swelling then it may linger in the chin area a little longer than usual. While the treatment itself is quick, the chin is likely to feel sore and heavy for a few days and hard chewing should be avoided during this stage. It will take around two weeks for the results to settle.
Depending on what type of filler was used, the depth of the filler placement and how fast your metabolism is, it can last anywhere from 12-18 months.
Temporary fillers include hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite preparations.
Dermal fillers can improve the size of your chin, for instance, it can be used to lengthen the chin if it is recessive. Projection of the chin is very common when a patient has a recessive profile, making it stronger and projected.
For some, it may be necessary to add more width, more length and more or less angular chins. As an example, a patient may want a less pointy chin so it can be made more round, or if they think it’s too square it can be again made to look rounder. Also, asymmetrical chins can be imade to look symmetrical with chin filler.
Your practitioner will use either a cannula or needle to administer chin fillers. The advantage of using a cannula in the chin is the reduced risk of perforating a blood vessel and causing bruising.
Because the chin is a fibrous and muscular area, a needle will pass through quite easily. As the cannula has a blunt tip, it can be difficult to pass through the chin so in many cases a combination of needle and cannulas can be used. Cannulas are often more suited to the sides of the chin, whereas needles are usually better for injecting the centre of the chin.
Before the fillers are injected, you will usually be offered a local anaesthetic in the form of an injection or cream. This will help you to feel numb at the injection sites so you won’t feel any initial pain.
After this, the filler will be injected into your chin in the desired areas. This might feel uncomfortable, but it should not be too painful and will be done in around 30 minutes depending on how much product is being used.
Costs from £450