How chin filler can change the shape of my face and jaw

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Chin filler

Finally the kids are in bed and it’s time to curl up on the couch and relax! With your partner interstate on business, you’re in charge of the TV remote. Sipping on your cup of tea, you channel surf. The reality TV shows seem boring tonight, and the current affairs shows are too heavy on politics. But when you get to the “Real Housewives” show you stop channel surfing. The tall blonde is talking to the petite brunette about what type of non-surgical treatments she’s had done to her face.

As you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed on your iPhone, you hear her talking about anti wrinkle injections for her crow’s feet and forehead lines and dermal filler injections for lips. But it’s when she starts to talk about dermal filler injections in her chin that you look up from the phone and pay close attention. You never knew that the chin shape could be non-surgically altered using dermal fillers!

She talks about the walk-in, walk-out dermal filler injection procedure and why she got it done, “From the front, my face was great, but whenever I saw my face from the side, I hated it…it reminded me of my great grandmother’s face when she had no teeth in!” She explains that her cosmetic doctor uses dermal fillers to give her chin more definition so her face is more of a “V” shape.

In the bathroom, getting ready for bed you find the make up mirror and look at your face side on. You’ve always been quite happy with the shape of your face from the front. But as you’ve got older, you know that your chin has decreased in size and that your jaw line has changed shape. And that’s when you decide to investigate how dermal fillers in your chin can make you feel younger and more beautiful!

How does dermal filler treatment improve the shape of the chin and jaw?

Dermal filler can be injected in the chin to make you look younger and feel more beautiful. During the ageing process, the skull rotates and the chin moves backwards. This skull movement leads to bone and soft tissue in the chin area dissolving, resulting in reduced structural support in the lower face.

Faces also age because the skin’s supportive network of collagen, molecules and elastin breaks down. This leads to the muscles that are pulling your face up weakening and the muscles that pull your face down strengthening.

Dermal filler can replace this structural support and change the contours of your chin. Using dermal fillers, we can make your chin appear more prominent or increase its definition. While many of our female patients want to have a softer contoured chin, our male patients like to have a more chiselled chin.

Dermal fillers are cosmetic injections that revolumise and restore areas of the face non-surgically. Many cosmetic filler options are made from a clear gel composed of a substance that is naturally found in skin. The fillers vary with their thickness, viscosity, and longevity. Finer, smoother ones don’t last as long, while thicker ones usually last longer. In Australia, there are several filler brands to consider using. We’re not able to name each of the products we use due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules. You can read more details about dermal fillers here

Dermal fillers can improve the:

  • Size of your chin: We can increase the size of your chin using dermal fillers.
  • Length of your chin: Some of our patients are too short in the chin. We can easily remedy this by using dermal fillers to lengthen their chin.
  • Projection of the chin: It’s very common for our patients to have a recessive chin when viewed from the side. Using dermal fillers, we can create a more projected, stronger chin.
  • Shape of the chin: Our patients may need more width, more length, more angular or less angular chins. If our patients want a less pointy chin, we can make it more round. If our patients think that their chins are too square, we can make them look more round. At the consultation, every patient is thoroughly assessed. During this assessment, the cosmetic doctor will have a discussion with the patient about their anatomy, and how it can be improved.
  • Symmetry of the chin: If your chin is asymmetrical, we can improve this with dermal filler treatment.

Why chin filler dermal injection techniques and aesthetics are important

We believe that your chin enhancement with dermal fillers should be performed with proper technique and good aesthetic judgement.

Dermal chin filler technique

We use either a cannula or needle to administer dermal fillers to the chin area. The advantage of using a cannula in the chin is the reduction in risk of perforating a blood vessel and causing bruising or more severe complications such as intravascular injection of filler.

Because the chin is a fibrous and muscular area, a needle will pass through the area quite easily. As the cannula has a blunt tip, it can be difficult to pass through the chin. In many cases, we use a combination of needle and cannulas are used to achieve the best outcomes. Cannula are often more suited to the sides of the chin, or the pre-jowl sulcus. Needles are often more suited to injecting the centre of the chin. Find out more about our needle and cannula techniques here 

Dermal chin filler aesthetics

Ideally in a profile view, the bridge of your nose should be in line with the front edge of your chin. If your profile isn’t in this line, chin filler enhancement and dermal fillers can project your chin forwards to match this projection.

We also consider the important aesthetic of blending of your chin with your jawline. Because your chin is the most forward part of the jawline, it needs to integrate well with it. The ageing process can lead to accumulated fat along the jawline in the jowls. This can often cause a ‘disconnect’ between the chin and the jawline, when the jowls drop below the jawline.

To straighten your jawline and blend your chin into it, we can use dermal filler in the pre-jowl sulcus – this is the area between the jowl and the chin. By filling this area with dermal injections, your chin will be blended into the jawline, and the appearance of your jowls will be reduced. You can view our video case studies of non-surgical chin enhancement here 

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