Last Updated on April 21, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD
Non-surgical chin augmentation involves the use of fillers to enhance the size, shape and or projection of the chin. This is a popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women who wish to improve their appearance from the profile view.
The Dr.U Skin Clinic offers chin augmentation procedures for Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles patients which are uniquely customized for each individual’s existing facial features, without the invasiveness of surgery.
Facial Goals of Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation
The use of dermal fillers makes it possible to create a wide range of improvements to the chin. This includes the following key attributes:
Projection – how far the chin projects forward
Width – the wideness of the chin and jaw’s projection from the front
Shape – whether the chin and jaw appears angular, round, pointy (V-shaped) or square
Whether patients request a chin augmentation inspired by Angelina Jolie or a jaw like George Clooney’s or other celebrity, at Dr. U Skin Clinic we apply relevant aesthetic principles and adapt them to best suit the patient’s face.
Chin Augmentation Filler as an Alternative to Surgery
Chin augmentation is conventionally performed using implants that are inserted through incisions made under the chin bone and surgically adhered.
Although this is intended to be a permanent fixture, implants have been known to shift to a different position on the jawbone.
Chin augmentation can also be achieved through orthognathic surgery which is intended to correct TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) or misalignments of the teeth (i.e. malocclusions) that cannot be corrected with braces.
The procedure involves breaking the sides of the jawbone and using wires to hold the pieces together to create a new positioning of the chin, projecting it forward.
Chin implants and orthognathic surgery are both extremely invasive and require extended downtime for healing and recovery.
As an alternative, chin augmentation filler can be applied to improve the facial profile.
Patients can quickly go back to work and resume their normal activities while enjoying their new look.
Because fillers are not permanent, they can adjust to the changes of the facial muscles over time.
A permanent implant may look attractive in one’s 20s or 30s, but later appear extremely harsh, stiff or unnatural after the age of 40, 50 or beyond, as the face loses volume.
We encourage patients to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of both surgical and nonsurgical options, before deciding on either.
A Discussion on Celebrity Chin Augmentation Before and After
Various celebrities are believed to have undergone chin augmentation procedures. Many have noticed a difference in their appearance through their before and after photos as well as statements and documentation.
Marilyn Monroe’s Sculpted Chin
At the start of her career, Marilyn Monroe found success as a model despite the fact that she lacked a classic, sculpted chin. She was thus nicknamed, “the chinless wonder.”
Her now iconic, Marilyn look evolved over time due to help from makeup artists, hairdressers and also doctors.
Photos reveal that her nose became more well defined. And her jawline and chin also achieved a more elegant projection in later years.
Later, a doctor’s note was discovered, confirming that she indeed had a chin implant in 1950.
Angelina Jolie’s Chin Augmentation
Images of Angelina Jolie as a child and teen depict much softer features in her earlier years.
Before and after photos of Angelina Jolie found online seem to indicate that the actress may had a chin implant to create the elongated, elegant jaw that she has today.
Bristol Palin’s New Chin and Jawline
Initially, Bristol Palin had a round, baby face. Future public appearances revealed more well-defined features, which included a sharper, pointier chin. She attributed this transformation to jaw surgery to correct her teeth alignment.
Ashton Kutcher’s Square Chin
Before and after photos of Ashton Kutcher seem to depict a different looking jaw shape from the front view. Earlier in his career, the actor had a V-shaped chin. In more recent years, his lower face appears to be wider & more square shaped, possibly due to the use of implants.
Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation Filler Types
Dermal fillers can be used to reshape the chin by providing structural support, much like prosthetic implants.
Choosing the right filler requires considering their properties and the goals of the procedure.
The calcium content allows it to provide firmness and, structural support needed to improve the chin’s projection.
Juvederm and Restylane
Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can be also be used for chin augmentation. They have a softer, gel-like consistency, appropriate for cases where the chin sags due to a depleted tissue volume.
What Happens During a Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation Procedure By Dr. U?
At the Dr.U Skin Clinic, patients are instructed to stop taking blood-thinning medications 1-2 weeks prior to their procedure. They are also asked to avoid alcohol 2-3 days before their procedure as well as exercise 2-3 hours prior to their appointment.
A non-surgical chin augmentation using Radiesse will usually take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour.
The lower face is injected with local anesthesia to numb the area so that the patient does not feel pain. They can also remain awake and view their procedure using a mirror.
Patients have the opportunity to provide direct feedback during the procedure shaping the chin and jawline is in progress to ensure the most satisfactory improvements for their face.
Afterwards, they may experience minor, swelling, bruising or redness.
Why More People are Considering Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation
Intuitively, most individuals are aware that an attractive profile is often characterized by a chin that projects assertively outward.
With social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, Facetime as well as video conferencing technology like Skype, more people are noticing how they appear at different angles.
Men and women with small, receding or weak chins often dislike how they look in profile.
They often consider chin augmentation procedures in hopes of improving their appearance and confidence.
Women may feel that having a more sculpted jaw like Hallie Berry and Jennifer Lopez will make them more beautiful and appealing.
Men seem to be more driven by psychological and social reasons. They may feel that a weak or receded jaw causes them to be perceived as weak and less powerful.
A 2007 study reveals that stronger chins are associated with better leadership abilities and trustworthiness. It assessed the facial characteristics of Fortune 500 CEOs and found that 90% had prominent chins.
Based on these factors, it is no surprise that non-surgical chin augmentation has grown in popularity. The use of fillers like Radiesse offers a more instant form of gratification. allowing male and female patients to achieve the chin or jaw they most want without the significant time, energy and financial investment of a major operation.
Other Factors For Chin Augmentation Filler
Also, for older individuals, a non-surgical chin augmentation may offer a quick solution to resolve issues such as loose neck skin or a double chin, through a tighter, stronger projecting jawline.
The temporary nature of fillers gives men and women the opportunity to see which chin contours, projections and shapes look best for their face if they decide to plan for a future surgery with a permanent implant.
By documenting different shapes, angles, and projections through photos, they can then use the best image as a reference for their procedure.
If you are considering a chin enhancement with fillers, feel free to get started on our complimentary online consultation form.
Frequently Asked Question on Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation for Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles Patients
What is the average cost of chin augmentation procedures performed with fillers?
Non surgical chin augmentations tend to range from $1000-$2000, on average, per session.
What are some examples of chin augmentation risks to consider when using fillers?
Although dermal fillers like Radiesse are considered to be generally safe, they require medical expertise combined with proper skills for positive results.
Filler injectables involve the potential for various complications such as:
- A vacular compromise which occurs when a needle punctures an artery, resulting in embolism which obstructs blood flow
- Infections which may occur any time the skin is penetrated
- Edemas, or swelling
Also when it comes to injections for non-surgical chin augmentation, the administrator must avoid damaging the large nerves in the chin area to prevent numbness of the bottom teeth.
Board certification in dermatology, which is offered by Dr. U, for example, help assure reliable and safe experiences for patients.
How long do the different dermal filler types last in the chin?
Radiesse usually last 12-18 months. Juvederm tends to last 4-6 months and Restylane has an average duration of 6-9 months/
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