Treating the Chin
A chin augmentation treatment can change the contours of your chin through the injection of dermal fillers. These fillers add volume under the skin making the chin appear more prominent or increase its definition. Chin enhancement using dermal fillers can subtly change the appearance of the chin area. It can make the chin appear more chiselled – a common request from male patients – or create softer contours, as requested by many women.
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Candidates for chin augmentation treatments are adults who want to change the contours of their chins. Whether your chin has become less prominent as a result of ageing or weight fluctuations, has never been as chiselled as you would like or has asymmetries you’d like to correct, chin enhancement injections may be right for you. This treatment is appropriate for most adult men and women who are in good overall health. Some patients undergo this treatment as a way to “try out” the potential results of surgical chin augmentation without having to commit to surgery.
What to Expect
Your chin can be enhanced during an office visit that typically lasts less than an hour. The injected material fills in skin volume from inside, plumping the area and changing the contour of your chin.
Several types of injectable dermal filler products are commonly used for chin enhancements. Fillers come in a few different types; permanent, semi permanent and non-permanent. By far, the most common is non-permanent because its effects are temporary and can be easily reversed. Permanent filler can only be removed surgically. Each filler differs in the exact manner in which it builds up volume under the skin, as well as the length of time it remains in the chin. The effects of chin enhancement with non-permanent filler typically last up to 6 months. Over time, your chin will gradually revert to its pre-treatment appearance. Many patients opt for regular injections to maintain their enhanced chin.
Your practitioner will recommend the type and brand of filler that’s best for you.
First, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied, or it may be included with the filler material when injected. Next, a thin needle is used to deliver small injections of the filler into pre-selected locations along your chin. By using multiple small injections, the dermal filler can be distributed evenly, leading to a symmetrical and natural-looking result.
Chin augmentation injections have become a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment for those interested in a quick treatment with immediate results.
Patients can return home or go back to work immediately after the treatment. There is no downtime required and no bandages.
Eventually, the body absorbs the injected filler, returning the chin to its pre-treatment appearance. For this reason, many patients choose to undergo regularly scheduled injections to maintain their chin’s enhanced appearance.
Possible Risks and Complications
It is common to experience some degree of swelling, redness, and tenderness after dermal filler injections. Bruising may also occur. These side effects usually last less than two days, and they can be camouflaged with make-up.
Serious complications are uncommon, but can include infections or an allergic reaction to the injected material. A less serious (but still distressing) complication can occur if the injected filler migrates away from the injection site, gathering into bumps or lumps beneath the skin. Usually, these lumps can be massaged to redistribute the filler, but in some cases they remain until the body absorbs the filler. To reduce this possibility, avoid touching or rubbing your chin in the week following dermal filler injections.
Rough Costs Involved
Chin enhancement injections begin at $480. This price includes up to 1mL of dermal filler. If you are looking for a particularly dramatic change in the contour of your chin, more product may be needed. Schedule a consultation visit to discuss your aesthetic goals and receive a quote that takes into account your treatment details.