ROLE OF NON-SURGICAL CHIN AUGMENTATION IN FACIAL HARMONY

You may have heard a lot of raving about non-surgical filler enhancements in the past, and how they can drastically improve the appearance of your face with just a few strategically and artistically targeted injections. From straightening nose bridges to plumping cheekbones, there are tons of different applications of dermal reshaping fillers. Until recently, however, chin filler has often been left out of the conversation. But many are coming to realize that the shape of the chin and jawline can be instrumental in the overall impact of the face. If you’re wondering what chin filler can do for you, look no further: here are the answers.

Studies have actually shown that the average person views the chin as one of the most, if not the most, significant indicator of facial attractiveness. A chin that is sharp and defined is usually most desirable and brings balance to the rest of the features. While facial attractiveness is, of course, subjective and varies on a case by case basis, a well-defined chin is often a sign of symmetry and harmony in the face. It can also lend expression to one of our most key facial gestures: the smile.

In the same study mentioned above, the chin was shown to play an even greater role in facial attractiveness in photos that weren’t front-facing – this means pictures of side profiles or three-quarter views, in which the projection of the chin is more obvious. If you take and post a lot of pictures on social media, you are likely already well-aware of this. A lot of us have perfected certain poses to hide receding or weak chins. You may be familiar with the classic hand-on-chin pose, or strategically placing strands of hair to try to create some illusion of definition around the jawline. Those of us who are more make-up savvy might turn to contouring to compensate; a few strokes of a brush can help create a slight bit of definition where we lack it in photos, but often doesn’t look quite so convincing in real life. And that’s not to mention the fact that we don’t, or can’t, wear make-up all the time.

before and after results following jawline and chin augmentation with Radiesse and Juvederm Voluma dermal fillers
49 year old female status post jawline and chin augmentation with 3 syringes of Radiesse and 2 syringes of Juvederm Voluma injections
before and after results showing chin extension, elongation and augmentation with Juvederm Voluma hyaluronic acid filler
20 year old female 3 days after chin extension, chin elongation and augmentation with 2 syringes of Juvederm Voluma dermal filler

WHY SHOULD I GET CHIN FILLER?

While women more often tend towards cosmetic procedures, chin and jawline fillers are often particularly attractive to men. A pronounced, forward-projecting chin is part of a strong masculine facial structure, which is seen as more desirable as an indicator of testosterone and genetic prowess. Many men search online for workouts and tutorials on how to strengthen their jawline; mewing, for example, is a technique that involves positioning the tongue and lips a certain way, which supposedly sculpts the jawline. While this exercise has gained some popularity amongst men and women, there is no more than vague anecdotal evidence to support its success thus far.

Chin and jawline fillers, on the other hand, have been proven as an effective method in facial reshaping. In a study of 326 patients –  with 298 female and 28 male participants – all of them said they were satisfied with the results after receiving hyaluronic acid chin fillers. Another study showed both aesthetic and psychological improvements following chin augmentation using injectable fillers. We all want to feel confident in the shape of our face; chin filler is one quick, simple, and generally well-tolerated way to achieve this confidence. 

WHAT IS CHIN FILLER AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Chin filler procedures work by carefully injecting medium amounts of gel-like dermal fillers into the chin in order to sculpt it to the desired shape. Others may try to achieve this effect by plastic surgery, which involves placing implants into the chin and jawline, or using liposuction to clear up fat around the neck – this, however, is a risky procedure that is usually more expensive than dermal injections.

There are different types of dermal fillers that can be used for chin enhancement. They are usually performed using hyaluronic acid-based fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane, which increase volume instantly and can also have a hydrating effect due to the hydrophilic nature of hyaluronic acid molecules. This is a safe and effective solution, consisting of a chain-like polymer that exists naturally in the body and builds up volume in the injected area. Using a needle or cannula, hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the supraperiosteal or subcutaneous planes of the chin area. The amount varies from patient to patient – more minor adjustments can be made with as little as 1 ml syringe of filler, while some patients may require 5 ml or 5 syringes of dermal fillers, which can be injected over the course of a single or multiple treatments.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years for facial rejuvenation and reshaping – in fact, the amount of hyaluronic acid-based filler treatments for cosmetic enhancement has increased by 48% in the last decade alone. Juvederm Voluma XC, for example, is a solution that combines hyaluronic acid gel filler with lidocaine to great patient satisfaction.

HOW DOES AGING AFFECT CHIN AND JAWLINE DEFINITION?

The chin and jawline play a huge role in the overall look of the face. In fact, human beings are the only animals to have chins; other animals, even chimpanzees, lack the feature of a lower bit of jaw that juts slightly forward. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identify that people with sharp, defined jawlines are often perceived as more attractive. In both men and women, it is often an indicator of youth and physical fortitude. A defined chin and jawline work together to give the face a lifted, youthful appearance. However, the simple passing of time can affect the aesthetics of the chin.

The jawbone actually shrinks slightly as we age. Along with the gradual decrease in collagen and elastin our body produces, as well as the effects of gravity and loss of facial fat, this can cause a lack of definition in the jawline. As we get older, fat in the face slopes downwards, resulting in a chin that appears somewhat baggy or obscured. It often appears as though the chin slightly recedes, while the skin around it slowly sags, forming jiggly jowls – this collapsing effect often appears unflattering. It can even make us look more worn out than we feel. This can be enhanced by folds and wrinkles in the neck – often the first signs of aging that so many forget about.

As you get older, your anatomy can change as progressive bony remodeling sets in. Chins often become lower and less projected due to bone resorption in the inferior region of the mandible. Volume loss in the chin plays into the volume loss in other areas – such as the forehead and cheeks – for an overall flatter look. While this is all part of natural aging and affects us all at one point or another, it’s also normal to desire more flattering facial proportions.

HOW LONG DOES CHIN FILLER LAST?

Whenever you undergo cosmetic changes to your face, you probably wonder how long they will last; the answer to this question may help you decide whether or not its worth it, or if this is a facial change that you are willing to try out. Dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane that are used for chin injections are only temporary; for a lot of people, this is good news seeing as it lessens the chance of regretting the end result. The lifelong commitment of an aesthetic change can, after all, be quite daunting; it’s what keeps people from getting tattoos, for example, and is also a deterrent to getting more complex and extravagant surgical procedures done. Fillers allow you to make physical changes to your appearance that don’t tie you to one look forever.

As for the length of filler effectiveness, this can vary slightly from patient to patient. Studies have shown that hyaluronic acid-based chin fillers tend to have their strongest effects for 9-12 months, but can continue to last for up to 15 months. If you are happy with the results of your filler, that means you can enjoy your newly sculpted chin for anywhere up to a whole year. After the results wear off, you can go back to Skinly Aesthetics for regular touch-up appointments every few months to maintain the look. The timeline of your chin filler effectiveness will also depend on your body’s response, as filler is metabolized by the body.

GETTING CHIN FILLER AT SKINLY AESTHETICS

If you are considering getting chin filler, it’s highly advisable that you take your entire face into consideration. Think about your face shape, what you like about it, what you don’t, and what about it you would like to change. The chin does not merely exist in isolation; you must take into account all your features to know if and how much chin filler is right for you. Dr. Schwarzburg has performed thousands of facial filler procedures in New York, and he is a wonderful resource when it comes to helping you assess these things about yourself. If you are having trouble evaluating your own face, ask us for advice at Skinly Aesthetics in NYC, or take a look at some before and after photos – some prior patients may have a very similar face shape to yours, which could help you figure out if this is the right procedure for you.

The process for getting non-surgical chin filler with Dr. Schwarzburg at his private cosmetic dermatology clinicin NYC is fairly simple. In terms of pre-procedure prep, there are only a few things you, as the patient, need to keep in mind. It’s best if you avoid alcohol for about 24 hours before getting chin filler; this is a rule of thumb for any treatment involving injections, as they can lead to bruising which is exacerbated by alcohol in the system. You will also want to avoid certain topical solutions, like retinoids or glycolic acid, for a few days; let Dr. Schwarzburg know if you are taking any supplements or medication to see if you need to stop taking these in advance of your treatment.

Before the injection process begins, all make-up product will be removed from your face. After the skin is cleaned and sanitized with an antiseptic solution, Dr. Schwarzburg will apply a numbing cream 30 to 40 minutes prior to the injections. Once the area is prepped, Dr. Schwarzburg will use an ultra-thin hypodermic needle of cannula to inject high elasticity HA filler into the subcutaneous plane of the chin. This process should only take around 20 minutes.

As for pain during the treatment, it may depend on the amount of filler you get, and on your personal pain tolerance. Dr. Schwarzburg may use a topical anesthesia or advise you to take pain killers if you are sensitive, or if the filler is being injected into a sensitive area. A cool compress can also be used to soothe the treated area. The treatment itself is fortunately very brief and only involves a couple of injections. Most people tend to need at least 1 ml of chin filler for a noticeable change to occur. 

When your treatment is over, you are welcome to go home, return to work, see a movie with your friends – you don’t have to worry about this treatment disrupting your entire schedule. If you are a fitness enthusiast, you should put off going to the gym for a few days – especially if you go for heavy workouts. You can expect to feel a bit sore in the chin area for the following days; drinking lots of water and being gentle on the area can help alleviate discomfort.

WHAT TYPE OF FILLERS ARE USED FOR CHIN SHAPING?

When it comes to non-surgical chin and jawline enhancement, hyaluronic acid-based or hydroxylapatite fillers are usually implemented for the best results. The most popular hyaluronic fillers include Juvederm and Restylane, each of which come with their own variations. Radiesse is another highly effective filler, and is sometimes called “liquid bone”. Radiesse is made of tiny hydroxylapatite particles which mimic bone structure and are extremely suited for chin and jawline regions because of their density and structural resilience. Whether Juvederm or Restylane is used usually depends on the existing shape and pronouncement of your chin and what kind of changes Dr. Schwarzburg suggests making. Juvederm and Restylane are fairly similar; however, Juvederm is known for a smoother texture and more hydrophilic makeup, whereas Restylane is slightly more granular and dense in nature. This can make it better suited for buildable volume over Juvederm.

DO CHIN FILLERS MAKE MY FACE LOOK SLIMMER OR WIDER?

As we’ve already discussed, people turn to chin filler for a variety of reasons. It is a versatile tool that can affect the face in different ways depending on its usage. If you have a thin face and a weak chin, you may wish to use filler on the lateral sides of the chin to widen the look of your chin to make it more proportionate with your face; some want to give their face a more masculine or androgynous look, which a broader chin can lend itself to. Filler can also be placed at the bottom of the chin to make it sharper; this can give a round or broad face a leaner, more contoured appearance. Poorly defined chins can often result in a double-chin look, making you look heavier than you are. Adding chin definition using filler can avoid this issue.

If you are interested in other facial slimming methods, there are plenty of minimally invasive options to help further define the chin and jawline. Amongst the most popular of these are Botox, Kybella facial fat removal, CoolSculpting for the chin and jawline, and even PDO thread lifts which can give the face a tighter, more lifted appearance.

Many people have wide faces due to overactive masseter muscles. Botox injected into the masseter muscles can relax them, causing the broad effect they give the face to lessen and resulting in a more slender appearance. Kybella injections into the submental fat region of the face break down adipose tissue, eliminating stubborn double chins. CoolSculpting is a method of fat removal that uses cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells, allowing them to die off and be digested by the body. It is a totally non-invasive procedure that uses controlled cooling applicators to get rid of extra fat around the chin, neck, and jawline area. Finally, another method to make your face appear slimmer is a PDO thread lift. This uses dissolvable threads that are inserted into the sides of the face to lift them upwards – which is why it is also referred to as a non-surgical face lift. While this doesn’t literally slim your face down, it does draw the angles of the face upwards for a firmer, more alert and youthful look.

before and after results following non-surgical chin augmentation with Juvederm filler
25 year old female 7 days after non-surgical chin enhancement with 2ml of Juvederm Voluma
Juvederm filler chin augmentation before and after results
25 year old female 1 week after undergoing chin augmentation procedure with 2ml of Juvederm filler

HOW MUCH DO CHIN FILLERS COST IN NYC?

When it comes to chin fillers, prices vary as with any cosmetic procedure. The experience of your injector, the amount of filler you are getting, and the location of the clinic you visit are all major factors. In general, it is normal to pay around $8000 to $5000 for a chin filler procedure that can utilize anywhere from 1-5 syringes of dermal fillers. The final price is determined by how many syringes of filler the patient requires; some want to see a greater change, while others are happy with the results achieved by a single syringe. While this price point may seem steep, the effect that a more finely sculpted chin can have on your self-esteem and self-image can be great and well worth the cost.

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF HAVING A CHIN FILLER?

The most common side effects with chin fillers are swelling, bruising, and erythema that can last for a few days after the injection; this is normal and should clear up on its own. Some patients are more susceptible to swelling on the chin, because it is located at the bottom of the face. It is also possible that you may experience some lumpiness. Some patients find that there is some initial tenderness or firmness after their treatment, which is completely normal and subsides a few days after the treatment per Dr. Schwarzburg who practices cosmetic dermatology in NYC. When it comes to pain symptoms during the injection session, patients have reported a mean pain score of 2.3 on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no pain; this would indicate that most patients find the procedure fairly tolerable.

A more rare risk is the possibility of a blood vessel being affected by the injection. An experienced injector like Dr. Schwarzburg knows the intricate and complex anatomy of the chin and jawline; he can avoid damaging blood vessels or nerves in the process. Injection site inflammation or cellulitis can also occur in some instances, usually a few days after treatment. Some patients may also experience cystic acne or injection site abscess.

Another thing to be noted that makes hyaluronic acid filler an attractive option for people is its temporary nature; in the case of unsatisfactory results, such as an asymmetrical distribution of filler, hyaluronic acid fillers can even be dissolved using hyaluronidase. Other options that people turn to for chin augmentation tend to come with greater risks and adverse effects. Autologous fat transfer, surgical genioplasty, and alloplastic implants all involve incisions and dissections that increase the risk of scarring, infection, nerve injury, and adverse reactions resulting from the body rejecting the implant. Fillers are a safer and more low-risk alternative to such surgical methods.

WHAT WILL MY FACE LOOK LIKE BEFORE AND AFTER GETTING CHIN FILLER?

The before and after results following your non-surgical chin filler augmentation will vary slightly based on the aesthetic goals that you communicated to Dr. Schwarzburg. There are many different issues that chin fillers can address. You may have turned to chin filler for a more muscular look; in this case, the procedure can leave your chin and jawline looking more broad and projected. For those who were worried about a jaw that is too broad, sluggish, or receding, chin filler can augment the lower portion of the face for a more feminine, heart-shaped look. In general, fillers can be used strategically to make a square chin softer, or a round chin pointier.

Some people also want to address more specific issues they have with their chins. Cleft chins – also referred to by some as a “butt chin” – can be filled in through this non-surgical procedure, for example. That means that, prior to treatment, there will be a noticeable indent or dimple at the bottom of your chin. After filler is injected, this dimple will be smoothed out for a subtle change that can fix a long-standing insecurity. If you had asymmetry in the chin – for example, a slightly lopsided chin or jaw – hyaluronic acid filler injections can correct this as well.

If you are worried about the effects of aging on your face, it is likely that you have some skin laxity and softness around the chin area. After your dermal filler injections, you may notice that the skin around the chin, jawline, and neck seems to be tighter and more firm. These changes will help you look better both in real life and in your Instagram selfies. When used together with cheek and jawline filler, chin filler can create more desirable facial proportions and leave you feeling better in your skin.

After you have your session, it will take around two weeks for the chin filler to take on its final form. While the fillers add volume pretty instantaneously, initial bruising and swelling may alter your perception of the actual final outcome during these fourteen days. Some patients prefer the swollen look of the chin during this time; in this case, they often return for a follow-up appointment in which more filler is added to give them that result. In a 2021 research study, participants who received chin filler treatments reported overall higher psychological well-being 6 months after their treatments, as well as higher satisfaction with their chins.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CHIN FILLER INJECTIONS?

The advantages of chin filler include the aesthetic changes that they can bring to your face. For many patients, the physical alterations are well-worth it. Soft chins can be made more defined, while square chins can be softened. The size and shape of the chin can be augmented to give the face an overall sharper and more attractive look. Chin filler also comes with minimal side effects and no downtime, making it a more convenient, quicker, and safer solution to facial structure concerns than surgery.

There are a few disadvantages to consider before getting this procedure. The first is that it is only temporary, whereas surgical methods result in permanent change. Some may see the temporary nature of chin fillers to be a pro, however, given that they don’t tie you to a lifelong commitment. While chin fillers are generally low-risk, there are a couple of side effects that can occur, such as bruising or, in more rare and serious cases, inflammation or infection. It is vital that you visit a highly qualified, board-certified physician to achieve the best results and minimize the risk of any adverse effects.

WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET CHIN FILLER IN NEW YORK CITY?

If you are eager to sculpt your face to your dream proportions, the first place you should go to get chin filler is Skinly Aesthetics in NYC. Dr. Schwarzburg and his team are highly trained and knowledgeable when it comes to facial sculpting procedures, including chin fillers. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have and give you the best advice as to how you can attain your best aesthetic outcome. If you want to book an appointment or are simply curious and looking for more information, e-mail us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com or give us a call at (212) 774-4264.