Over recent years, the chin and jawline area has become much more important, giving a strong, youthful look and giving balance to the overall facial appearance.
Assessment and treatment of the chin together with assessment of the nasal profile and lips is often called profile balancing. This looks to create a harmonious dependent on facial portions, typically using dermal fillers in the chin and lips and a nonsurgical rhinoplasty where indicated.
A full facial profile may also look at assessment of the forehead where frontal bossing can lead to a slightly hollowed appearance and may also benefit from soft fillers injected into the forehead. This is a potentially high risk area due to arteries that run within the forehead and a medical injector would be essential to reduce the incidence of complications. You can see more on forehead filler at the link here.
Over decades, the bone around the chin shrinks backwards, leading to disproportion and a “weak” look. Secondary changes can include the formation of marionette lines and mouth and jowling. The ratio of the facial features can be upset with a small chin, and this makes the nose look longer.
It is becoming increasingly recognised as to the importance of a dominant chin, both for men (who have a wider, squarer chin) and ladies (who have a chin approximately the same width as the base of the nose for a more feminine look).
Skin conditions such as severe acne can also leave behind scarring creating a dimple defect on the skin. Soft dermal fillers can smooth out these hollows producing radiant-looking skin which is firmer and more youthful. A hyperactive muscle (mentalis) can lead to an unsightly “cobblestone” appearance, and rotates the chin upwards, deepening the crease underneath the lip.
Owen can use muscle-relaxing injections to relax the mentalis muscle, improving chin projection, which is much more aesthetically pleasing. This can be combined with dermal fillers.
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Owen performs non-surgical chin augmentation with dermal fillers, significantly enhancing the profile while bringing much more balance to the overall facial appearance.
These dermal fillers tend to be durable with an appearance noticeable for more than a year in most cases, sometimes 24 months with subsequent treatment with dermal fillers tending to be top ups, with layering of filler so that maintenance treatment may only be needed every 2 years or so.
Producing a strong chin and jawline that balances and frames the face is essential for both men and women. Dr Thomas understands the differences between the necessary appearance for a female patient to create angles and lines that complement and enhance the existing bone structure. For example, a beautiful female face has soft curves which appear feminine whereas men have a stronger angled and generally wider jaw.
Dr Thomas works with patients using muscle-relaxing injections and dermal fillers in his Swansea Bay aesthetic clinic as part of the full facial assessment.
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Because we make a bespoke treatment plan with every patient, and every person will need different amounts, we charge per syringe but make sure that we are as economical as possible with optimal technique.
The amount can vary considerably depending on the state of the soft tissues and how much recession has been in the mandible bone (the chin and jawline). This in the chin alone is typically from around 2 mL – we will always discuss this during the aesthetic medical assessment.
For information regarding the cost of a syringe of filler, please see our price list.
On average, we would expect dermal filler to typically last around 12-18 months although this can vary. In the chin we select fillers with a more robust and elastic character to provide volume and lift for the overlying soft tissues. This includes Juvederm Voluma, Teoxane RHA-4 or Ultra Deep, Restylane Lyft & Belotero Intense.
Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimise swelling and bruising.
It is best to avoid touching the area or applying makeup for around 12 hours after treatment and avoid flying for 24-48 hours. There is no evidence that alcohol significantly increases bruising following dermal fillers but it is best to be moderate if you do have anything within the first 24 hours.
Although many clinics advise against drinking alcohol for 24 hours, there is no evidence this is beneficial and can be restrictive- we do however suggest moderate amounts over the first day.
The treatment is with a fine needle and is not usually painful. Dr Thomas takes great care to minimise discomfort further with cooling, vibration, meticulous technique, and uses fillers that are pre-mixed with local anaesthetic (therefore minimising the discomfort from subsequent injections).
As with any medical treatment, there can be side effects, although these are usually mild given that hyaluronic acid is a natural substance. Swelling and redness is most common, the worst of which tends to subside over 24-48 hours although sometimes slightly longer. Mild bruising is possible infrequently, subsiding over several days. We avoid injection in an area where there is any active infection and if a person has a history of cold sores, preventative medication is advised (which can be supplied through the clinic).
Serious complications from dermal fillers are rare but must be considered. Although no area of the face is completely without risk, the chin is one of the safest and hyaluronic acid fillers also have a substance that can break up the dermal filler and, in most cases, reverse the effects of blood vessel blockages.
Dr Owen Thomas is a highly trained aesthetic physician with a level 7 qualification in injectable treatments.
He uses his passion and skill combined with a professional, ethical and safe approach, to enable his patients to feel rejuvenated, confident and ready for everything life has to offer.
Some individuals can have a chin that recedes into the face with loss of protrusion. This can be genetic or due to trauma.
Many people find that over time that can accumulate in the compartments under the chin giving rise to a loss of the normal chin-to-neck angle and the appearance of a double chin.
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