How can chin fillers help improve your profile?
There are two main reasons why a patient would benefit from chin fillers.
- To correct a recessed / weak chin profile
- Make one’s face look sharper and slimmer
It is also commonly overlooked, but correcting a weak chin profile can lead to satisfying results.
Fillers for Recessed Chin / Weak Chin Profile
A recessed chin refers to when a chin is positioned more horizontally backwards than desired. Often referred to as a weak chin or a receding chin, this is more common in Asians due to facial bone structure. It can have a significant impact on overall facial appearance. A recessed chin can cause the lips or nose to look protruding, and also cause the jawline to look less defined.
Chin fillers can be used to increase the volume of a recessed chin and sculpt a more prominent chin shape.
How do you determine if a chin is recessed? A straight line called the ‘Ricketts E line’ is drawn from the tip of the nose, touching the lip and towards the chin. An aesthetically pleasing chin is when this straight line touches the tip of the chin.
Chin Fillers for V-Shaped Face
Chin fillers can also be used to sharpen the chin and make the face look slimmer. As a shorter facial profile is more common in Asians, chin fillers can be used to sharpen and lengthen the face to complete the facial golden ratio.
The golden ratio of the face shows that the upper, middle, and lower parts should be in equal thirds. This is a particularly popular procedure amongst Asian women as it is desirable to have a slimmer, more feminine face.
What can you expect?
A stronger, more sculpted chin, as well as a sharper chin can be expected. A sharper and slimmer face with a stronger jawline can also be achieved.
How much chin filler will you need?
This will depend on the existing shape and position of your chin, as well as your expectations. The amount of filler needed for the chin usually ranges from 1-2ml (1-2 syringes).
Choice of Chin Fillers:
With its ability to lift and create definition for the chin and jaw, Restylane Lyft is a great choice.
Juvederm Volux & Voluma
The newest filler in the Juvederm range, Volux is an excellent filler designed for chin / jawline projection and definition.
Juvederm Voluma is also an excellent filler for patients who require more volume, especially those who has a recessed chin.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers
How long do fillers last?
Fillers typically last for 12 months. Different type of fillers are designed for different areas of the face and have different longevity due to the filler material.
Does it completely dissolve away?
Most fillers will dissolve away and gets broken down by the body into water. However, there are cases that we have seen before with fillers that last much longer that it was intended to. For these cases, the filler had to be dissolved by injecting a dissolver call hyalase which breaks down the filler into water.
Is it painful?
Most filler injections are not painful with numbing cream applied. There are some areas which are more sensitive, such as the lips, and can be more uncomfortable.
The skill and hands of a doctor also directly contributes to the amount of discomfort. An experienced and gentle doctor can mean much lesser discomfort during the procedure.
What are the side effects?
Like all medical procedures, there are always potential side effects during injectable procedures.
The more common side effects associated with injections are bruising and swelling. Bruising and swelling happens when a larger blood vessel under the skin gets injured during an injection. If present, bruising and swelling typically goes away after 4-7 days.
The most serious side effect associated with filler injections is vessel occlusion. Vessel occlusion is when the filler is directly injected into an important blood vessel and blocks blood flow, potentially resulting in skin necrosis and even blindness.
Some patients have heard about fillers causing blindness, in particular nose fillers. In actual fact, fillers performed at any part of the face can potentially lead to blindness. Blindness happens when the filler material travels up the blood vessel and blocks the blood flow to the optic nerve in the eye. Blindness is more often associated with nose fillers due to the blood vessels supplying the eye being close to the nose. Skin necrosis, which is the dying of skin cells, happens when the blood vessels supplying the area of skin affected gets occluded and blocked.
The risks of skin necrosis and blindness can be greatly reduced with a clear knowledge of the blood vessels in the face. Therefore, it is very important to go to an experienced doctor for filler injections. More than 90% of filler complications happen at illegal salons or beauty parlours which are not authorised to perform such procedures.
How doctors reduce the risk of vessel occlusion?
- Use the appropriate equipment and filler for each area. The type of needle and needle size makes a difference in reducing the risk of vessel damage and occlusion.
- Specific techniques such as performing a drawback to ensure that the needle is not in a vessel, slow precise injections, and the depth of injections all help ensure that the filler is not being injected into a vessel.
- Most importantly, a good knowledge of the facial anatomy will allow the doctor to identify the areas where the major blood vessels are. Knowing which area to avoid and which areas are generally safe helps to greatly reduce the risk of injecting the filler into a vessel.
What should I avoid after fillers?
Avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol for at least 24 hours. Avoid any facial massage for at least 2 weeks.