Our faces are the part of our bodies that we critique the most. As we get ready in the morning and look in the mirror, we all notice things we wish we could adjust just a little or sometimes a lot. One thing people tend to notice in their faces is the shape of their chin. Some people find their chins to be too pointed. Others feel their chin is not pointed enough. Some people want a more defined jawline. Others want to soften it. Whether you think your jaw and chin area is too big or too large, our experts at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery have some quick and easy options to help you redefine your chin and/or jawline without surgery.
If you feel your chin is not prominent enough or if it is asymmetrical, our skin care experts can use injectables to build volume and even out asymmetry. Dermal fillers like Voluma can be used to shape and contour the chin into a more desirable shape. This procedure can be done in less than an hour with immediate results and no downtime. All dermal fillers last for different amounts of time, depending on which one is used and where. For Voluma used in the chin, the results will typically last around 2 years.
Adding volume to the chin area is easier than taking volume away. However, there are some non-surgical options, depending on the issue you want to address. If you are unhappy with your jawline, options like Kybella, may help. Kybella is an injectable treatment designed dissolve small, localized fat deposits in areas like the chin, neck and jawline. Once Kybella is injected into the treatment area it breaks down the fat in the following weeks, which is then flushed out by the body. This can give more definition along the jawline and make the chin appear “thinner”. While Kybella is fantastic for small tweaks to the chin and jawline, some patients may benefit from liposuction. While liposuction is a surgical procedure, it can be done in the office under oral and local sedation.
If what you are struggling with is actually the structure of your chin or jawline, a surgical procedure may be the best option. There are many options when performing a chin augmentation. Having a recessed chin makes can make other facial features such as the nose appear larger, or makes face feel unbalanced. With these patients, a chin implant is a fairly simple procedure where a silicone implant or implant made of a bone-like material is carefully placed to give a well-balanced structure to the face.
Some patients wish to reduce the size of their chin surgically, which involves removing or shaving away some of the bone structure to create a softer appearance to the chin. As with any surgical procedure, there is more downtime as well as swelling and bruising that should be expected.
If you have questions or want to know what options you might have to treat the appearance of your chin, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery.