How to Improve the Look of a Weak Chin with Dermal Filler
Over recent years, a desire for increased facial definition has been on the rise. It began with prominent cheekbones, then moved on to plump lips and now having a strong, defined chin and jawline is becoming increasingly popular.
The way we use dermal fillers to treat the face has also changed dramatically in recent years. We have progressed from merely correcting the lines on the surface to restoring the foundations of the face, bringing back harmony and balance.
Our understanding of facial balancing has changed, and the general public has increased awareness of how these treatments work, too. Now we take a more thoughtful approach to the face, looking at it as a whole, thinking strategically about where we should inject for a fresher, softer, more youthful appearance overall
So, what does this mean for the lower face? How can we use dermal filler to strengthen and rebalance this area for a more defined chin and jawline?
What happens to the chin as we age?
The jaw is the foundation of the lower face, but as we age, we experience a loss of definition in this area as the bones begin to recede. In men, this starts around the age of 65, but in women, these changes begin much earlier, from 40 onwards.
The loss of bony volume may contribute to sagging facial skin, decreased skin projection, and loss of jawline definition. As the jawbone recedes, the soft tissue of the lower face no longer has a robust framework, resulting in a rounder appearance to the lower face and skin that looks saggy and ‘jowly’, which also affects the appearance of the neck.
How can dermal fillers be used to restore this area?
The chin may seem an unlikely place to inject dermal fillers – it has no wrinkles and doesn’t lose volume in the same way the upper face does – but thanks to innovative techniques injectors are now turning their attention to this area more and more, to improve the structure and balance of the face.
Using filler in the lower part of a weak or receding jawbone can project the chin further forward and improve the side profile, balancing it with the other features of the face. This technique works well for both men and women, and it is also a helpful trick for counteracting the bone resorption in the chin that creeps in with age. In mature patients, we will often need to address the cheeks before the jawline to ensure we give the soft tissues of the face enough support.
Strategic placement of filler in the middle of the chin can even make a long face appear shorter – an optical illusion because of how the light catches the new slight projection of the chin.
How long do results last?
Some fillers can last for up to two years in this area. However, this is unique to each person. The longevity of results will often depend on the area treated, the product used and individual metabolism. On average, most patients will only need to repeat the treatment once every 9-12 months.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.