Chin Up! The ins and outs of chin enhancement procedures.

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

A medical professional wearing blue latex gloves pinches a brunette woman's chin between their thumb and forefingers as if examining the area.

Are you unhappy with a lack of definition in your lower face and jaw? Well, chin up! This blog is your guide to the ins and outs of chin enhancement procedures. We’ll discuss the different treatment options available on the market, how to choose the right procedure(s) for your individual preferences, and how to “layer” these treatments to achieve your best result.

Chin Filler

A close-up image of a medical professional wearing blue latex gloves injection a syringe of yellowish liquid into a woman's chin.

Our first stop on the list is chin filler. If your goal is to refine the shape or protrusion of your chin, but you’re not looking for a dramatic change, the quickest and easiest solution is chin filler injections! Likewise, chin filler can be used after a surgical enhancement procedure to add a little extra volume or make other subtle adjustments.

What is it? Dermal fillers are strategically injected into the chin, adding volume to the area. Filler can be injected in such a way customizing the results of both the shape and size of the chin. There are reversible and irreversible filler options. The irreversible opton is Calcium Hydroxylapatite. The reversible option consists of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural sugar found in our bodies capable of holding up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. Water has volume, meaning it takes up space.

Who is a good candidate? Healthy adults over the age of 18 are a good candidate for this procedure. If chin filler is being added on after a surgical procedure, such as chin and neck liposuction, care must be taken to ensure you are fully healed - usually 3 months to 1 year after the procedure.

What if I’m not a good candidate? Just about any healthy adult who is unhappy with the shape and/or size of their chin is a good candidate. Given the above, the only things that would generally disqualify your candidacy is if you have an infection in the area of injections, are still healing from a previous procedure, or have an allergy to injectable fillers. You may also be advised by your practitioner that you may achieve a better result by starting with a surgical procedure, especially if your chin is severely receded.

Complementary procedures: Starting with chin and neck liposuction or another surgical procedure can create a more impactful, dramatic result.

Pros of chin filler: Nonsurgical and minimally invasive; treatment can be reversible if you are unhappy; results are customizable; results look natural; more cost-effective than surgical procedures in the short term; lesser risk of scarring or hematoma as compared to surgical options; no anesthesia or sedation is required; little to no downtime.

Cons of chin filler: Procedure must be repeated every year or so to maintain results; risk of temporary bruising and/or swelling; involves use of a needle; may involve some discomfort; results may not be dramatic enough to achieve your cosmetic goals.