The chin anchors the bottom portion of the face, making it the counterpart to the cheeks, which define the upper midface. When contouring the chin, there are numerous factors to consider, including chin projection, chin strength, and the proportion and overall shape of the chin.
Projection refers to how much the chin protrudes from the face, and is primarily determined by the underlying bone and fat. A chin that does not project forward in harmony with your other facial features can cause discordance, sometimes causing other features such as lips or nose, to appear over projected. When a chin lacks projection, it can appear shadowed, rather than illuminated.
Sometimes chin projection is restricted by an overactive mentalis muscle, which we can treat with a neuromodulator such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. This is best left in the hands of an experienced injector, because if the neuromodulator is placed too wide, the patient’s smile may be affected. If a hyperactive mentalis muscle is untreated with a neuromodulator, the chin will remain under projected regardless of the addition of dermal filler.
The width of the chin can influence the masculinity or femininity of the face. Wider chins are considered more masculine, while narrower chins are considered feminine. By shaping chin contours with filler, a wide, flat chin can be made to look narrower, and a narrow chin can be broadened.
Chin height is determined by bone structure. A small chin that is short in height can take away from the length of the face, causing it to appear more round or square-shaped.
Chin augmentation is performed to provide greater balance to the face. This non-surgical procedure can:
Correct a weak or receding chin
Balance a nose that appears proportionately too large for the face
Correct a double chin or a sagging neck
Improve the jaw line and jowls
Improve the facial profile
Create better balance among facial features overall
Surgery could be associated with few complications that can be avoided with non-surgical chin augmentation. Chin implant surgery poses the risk of the displacement of the implant. The implant may move from physical movements or contact, which will result in discomfort and possible swelling of the tissue. Scars, downtime, infection, bleeding, nerve damage, Jaw bony absorption (a small layer of bone fades away), rejection of the implant, lip dysfunction also are consequences to be aware of when choosing a surgical procedure such as a chin implant.
Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation is the latest minimally invasive, nonsurgical technique normally performed in our offices with No anesthesia, stitches, or scars.
Chin is located in 3 mm within the line that is perpendicular to horizontal line drawn between the eyes.
When a straight ruler is placed on nose tip and chin point, lower lip barely touches the ruler.
When seen in profile, lips slightly cross the line drawn from philtrum to the chin point.
The shape of chin forms a gentle ‘S’ curve from lips to chin.
Upper, middle, and lower parts of face are in 1:1:1 ratio.
Chin Slightly Short in Length
Mild symptoms of the receding chin can be corrected with fat grafting, or filler injection on chin point without surgery.
Chin point should be repositioned with surgery in this case combined with fat grafting.
Since simple correction of chin point may not create natural appearance,the whole body of low jaw needs to be pulled out, or two jaw surgery is necessary.
This procedure is performed by injecting dermal fillers (Perlane®, Juvederm® or Radiess®) through a blunt needle (canula) to enhance the projection of the chin and improve facial balance without surgery. Rarely bruising and swelling occur.
Dermal Fillers are good options to "test the waters" and see if chin augmentation is a good option for you, as it is non-permanent but can give you a very similar result. Alternatively, if you wish to have permanent results, a fat injection in the chin is the best option to avoid surgery.
Fat Grafting is to harvest fat from body areas where excess fat is stored such as thighs and hips and graft onto your receding chin line in multiple layers.