Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
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.
How can I have a chin enhancement non-surgically?
For those seeking chin enhancement via surgical methods, a chin implant, genioplasty, or mandibular osteotomy are operations that can be performed to project the chin. Many do prefer to choose a non-surgical option or to try less invasive methods first.
Chin enhancement can be performed non-surgically by the injection of dermal filler. Temporary fillers can simply be injected into the chin to improve the shape and forward protrusion of the chin. is minimal.
Chin dermal filler technique and aesthetics
Chin enhancement with dermal fillers should be performed with proper technique and aesthetic judgement;
Technique – Either a cannula or needle can be used to administer dermal fillers to the chin area. The advantage of using a cannula in this area is the reduction in risk of perforating a blood vessel and causing bruising or more severe complications such as intravascular injection of filler. However, the chin is a fibrous and muscular area, and often a needle passes through this area more easily. Cannula can be difficult to pass through the chin, as it has a blunt tip. In many cases a combination of needle and cannula 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.
Aesthetics – When the head is in the Frankfurt horizontal plane (which is a line parallel to the ground, drawn from the inferior orbital rim of the eye socket to the upper margin of the ear canal to the ground), the bridge of the nose should be in line with the front edge of the chin, when looking at the profile view. The key to chin enhancement is to achieve this balanced profile. Dermal fillers can be used to project the chin forwards to to match the projection of the nose bridge in this position.
Another important consideration in the aesthetics of chin enhancement is the blending of the chin with the jawline. The chin is basically the most anterior or forward part of the jawline and needs to integrate well with it. Especially as one ages, we can accumulate fat along the jawline in the jowls. This often causes a disconnect between the chin and the jawline, as the jowls drop below the jawline. To straighten the jawline and also blend the chin into the jawline, filler can be placed in the pre-jowl sulcus. This is the area between the jowl and the chin. By filling this area, the chin is blended into the jawline, and the appearance of jowling is reduced.
Relaxing the chin muscle with anti-wrinkle injections
The mentalis muscle that lies over the chin can often be responsible for the upward and inward movement of the chin. This causes; retraction of the chin, a dimpling or peau d’orange effect, and over time, formation of a horizontal chin crease.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be injected into the mentalis muscle to help relax and project the chin. This is commonly used in combination with filler.
Case Study 1
This patient presents with concerns about the size of her chin in comparison to the rest of her face (nose/cheeks). 1.3mL of Radiesse was injected into the chin area, and this improved the forward projection of the chin, and helped balance her chin with her nose. Also it improved the appearance of the under chin area by pulling up the fat and skin there.
Case study 2
Video case study - chin, cheek, forehead enhancement
Dr. Sara Mullen performs dermal filler to overall enhance this patient’s appearance, and as a part of this, enhances the projection of her chin
Why choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute?
At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, our doctors have a large range of dermal fillers for you to choose from to suit your needs and goals. Furthermore, we specialise in non-surgical and non-invasive facial shaping.
Making that first phone call can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form. We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.
Otherwise, you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.