Facial contouring is an important aspect of overall appearance. Beauty has long been characterized by symmetry across features such as the cheeks, chin, nose, and eyes. It might seem as though the chin is an easy area to overlook. However, the projection and general shape of the chin is integral to the balance between the cheeks, nose, and neck. Where structure is lacking, the transition between the neck and face may be poor. A chin that is recessed or quite small is also likely to cause the nose to appear larger.
As facial specialists, we have treated numerous patients who were troubled by a “weak” chin. Historically, chin augmentation has involved chin implants. This is the technique we continue to rely on today. However, the development of dermal fillers and some doctors’ use of these products has created the question of “which is best?” Here, we look at the differences between chin implant treatment and dermal fillers for shaping the chin.
Chin Augmentation with Implants
Chin implant surgery is referred to as genioplasty. This classic protocol for chin enhancement involves the placement of an anatomically-shaped implant over the existing bone structure. Chin implants are made with biocompatible material such as medical grade silicone. The implant is inserted through a small incision made just under the chin. The procedure is performed in an operating room. Patients are made comfortable with deep sedation.
Benefits of chin implant surgery include:
- Incision scars are imperceptible
- Results are dramatic but natural-looking
- The appearance and feel of the chin implant are similar to the natural chin bone
- The chin implant is selected to achieve balance with other facial contours such as the nose
- Results can be permanent
- If desired, a chin implant can be removed at a later date
Chin Enhancement with Fillers
The use of dermal fillers for chin augmentation has become more common. However, this treatment cannot compare to chin implant treatment.
- Fillers do achieve immediate results, though not dramatic
- There is no anesthesia and no downtime needed for dermal filler treatment
- Fillers cost less than surgical procedures
- The results of dermal filler treatment last an average of 1 to 2 years only
- As the filler degrades, the chin continues to change shape
- Specific skill is needed to achieve good results using dermal fillers
We cannot deny that dermal fillers have their advantages. Our team regularly uses filler products for cheeks, lips, hands, and other features. When it comes to augmenting the chin, we have found that patients tend to be happiest with well-chosen implants.
Learn more about chin augmentation and how chin implants can bring harmony to your face. Call (801) 776-2220 to schedule a visit to our Draper or Layton office.