Chin fillers in London
Chin fillers are a popular treatment in which dermal fillers are used to enhance the chin. Chiselled, defined, or blended naturally – as our doctors specialise in chin fillers, it is no surprise that chin fillers are among the top 3 areas for fillers at Belgravia Dermatology. The concept of chin fillers can seem unusual at first but the chin is a really important three dimensional feature of the face. Both men and women see positive benefits from chin fillers. In our specialist hands, many will benefit from tweaks to the chin to keep it looking its best.
Dermal fillers are injected in different parts and layers of the chin, depending on where the weaknesses are. Each person will have their own weaknesses that can be corrected with chin fillers. It’s down to the eye of the practitioner to decide where the best areas are to sculpt the chin. Many of our patients prefer gradual changes to the chin so the transformation can go unnoticed. This is very possible with chin fillers.
Chin fillers often form part of a more global facial rejuvenation and enhancement plan. To see our strategy for natural results click here.
What can chin fillers achieve?
The chin is assessed in three dimensions and reviewed from the front and side. Depending on your needs, chin fillers can help to:
- Increase the length of the chin. This is visible from the front and ideal if the chin is short. The rule of thirds can help guide if the chin is too short relative to the other facial features.
- Increase the projection of the chin. This is visible from the side view. It is ideal if the chin stops too short relative to the lips. This can even help retrognathia, a condition where the chin sits too far back relative to the cheeks. This can also help with microgenia, a condition in which the chin is underdeveloped. The angle between the eyebrows-nose-chin should be 165-175 degrees. If this angle is less, then the chin needs is not projecting enough. Another way of assessing if the chin is too far back is to look at it in relation to the lower lip. If the chin is behind the lower lip then it may benefit from a subtle enhancement. If the chin is at or behind the labiomental crease, then it most definitely requires enhancement.
- Reduce the chin crease. This is visible from the front and side views. Chin fillers reduces the deep crease that some people get, and also stops the ‘C’ shaped hooking of the chin which happens with ageing.
- Increase or decrease the width of the bottom of the chin. Dermal fillers allow artistry in shaping how the chin ends. Women look best with a rounded chin that tapers gently. The width of the female chin is no greater than the distance between the inside corners of the eyes (the intercanthal distance). Some women may have a chin that is too broad, which looks masculine, or a chin that is too pointy, which can look imbalanced. Men look best with a strong, square chin.
Build up the dips to the side of the chin if present. These are the prejowl sulcus.
- Build up the Marionette creases. Filler along the lines between the lip and chin can reduce the folds here.
- To erase a chin dimple.
- To reduce too much dimpling of the chin especially if there is an overactive mentalis muscle. Some people call this effect ‘myomodulation’. Some times chin fillers need to be combined with Botox injections for this complaint.
Chin fillers over the age of 40
The chin changes quite a bit as we get older in both men and women. This is mainly because of a loss bone. The chin is predominantly bone and any change to the amount of bone has a big effect on the shape of the chin. Take a look at these CT scans of a young person’s chin compared to an older persons chin:
The chin become shorter and projects less from the side. The chin crease also gets deeper,and dips develop to the side of the chin. All these changes give a smaller, hooked chin. These changes occur in both men and women. Testosterone reduction in men and Oestrogen reduction in women causes bone loss in the chin. Women experience even greater bone loss in the chin after the menopause because of the big drop in Oestrogen levels. Face shape changes much more in women because of this – the lower face shrinks and the mid face gets heavier.
Chin fillers under the age of 40
Some people are born with smaller chins than others. This is often a family trait. The effect of a chin thats too small for the face is often not easy to appreciate, but once a correction has occurred the effects are definitely appreciated.
A strong chin helps balance strong lips and nose. A stronger chin often projects signs of confidence. Elongating the chin even by a few millimetres helps make a face look less round.
Chin fillers for women
It’s not immediately obvious that women should benefit from chin fillers though they can make a massive difference. The chin crease and the point of the chin are the two most important areas.
Chin fillers in men
The beard movement in men is popular and attractive as a beard squares the jawline and increases the chin length, and squareness. The same can be carried out with fillers. The chin can be squared, and heighted, to give a chiselled and refined look. These gains increase attractiveness and masculitinity.
Chin Fillers Key Points
- Why – to improve definition of the chin in 3D. The height, projection, shape, chin crease, and prejowl dips can all be addressed with chin fillers.
- How – Injections of hylaruonic acid dermal fillers are placed at various levels of the chin including on the bone and in the layers just below the skin.
- Time required – Treatment takes 15 to 30 minutes
- Downtime – The results last between 12 to 24 months
- Duration – The results last between 12 to 24 months
- Number of treatments required – This depends on how much correction is required, and the speed with which you would like there to be change. One or two visits may well be enough.
- Price – from £385. An aesthetic consultation for chin fillers is £50, which can be redeemed against the cost of the treatment as per our terms and conditions.
How do I know if I need chin fillers?
It may not be immediately obvious as our eyeline is not directly drawn to the chin. If you take a ruler and measure the distance from the chin to the space between the upper and lower lips, then this should be twice the distance from this point to the bottom of the nose.
The distance from the chin to the bottom of the lower lip should be the same as the distance from the bottom of the bottom lip to the bottom of the nose.
From the side it can be helpful to take a photo. Is the chin crease very deep? Does the chin stop before the lower lip? These are signs that the crease and the chin may need projection. Here is a helpful guide which you can use to tell if your chin could do with more projection:
The chin width in women will be roughly the distance between the inner corners of the eyes. In men, the chin is wider and is roughly the same width as the mouth.
How is a chin filler injection carried out?
A chin filler is injected either with a cannula or with a needle. The anaesthetic in the filler injection numbs the areas as they are treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Chin fillers can be done in one or two treatments, or more gradually if desired.
How long do chin fillers last?
Chin fillers can last between 18 to 24 months. They may last longer or less than this in some people. They are not permanent as they are made up of Hyaluronic acids, which the body slowly breaks down.
Which fillers are used for chin filling?
A number of different fillers are suitable for use as chin fillers. For example
- Teosyal – Deep Lines, Ultra Deep
- Juvederm – Voluma, Volux
The most important aspect of a filler is that it is of the right consistency for your tissues and for the requirements. Fillers used for the chin are generally thicker and stiffer than fillers used for lip, for example. Thicker and stiffer fillers are said to have a higher G Prime. This means they project more. Very thick fillers give much more lift for that chisseled sharp look. However, not all chin fillers require that and a balance of filler types is required.
The benefit of hyaluronic acid chin fillers is that they can be dissolved should the need for this arise.
Do chin fillers feel natural?
Yes, because different thickness products are used in line with the tissues they are designed to replicate. A very thick product is used on the bone, which follows the natural contours. The product used under the skin blends well with the subcutaneous tissues.
How much do chin filler treatments cost?
The starting price for a chin filler treatment is £385. This is the price for 1ml of filler. 1ml is enough in certain cases. The average amount is 2 to 3 mls, while some individuals will require 4 to 6 mls over one or more sessions. A cost of an aesthetic consultation, in which you can discuss whether chin fillers are right for you, is £50. This can be used towards your treatment as per our terms and conditions.
Can chin fillers be combined with other treatments?
We regularly combine chin fillers with other treatments. Here are some examples:
- Jawline fillers and chin fillers. Jawline fillers give definition to the jawline, and create a border that separates the neck from the face.
- Lip fillers and chin fillers. This is a popular combination. The lips are filled naturally, and the chin and chin crease are brought out in harmony.
- Cheek fillers and chin fillers. Once the cheeks are filled, and beautifully corrected, a tweak or two to chin helps the full face look proportionate.
- Non surgical rhinoplasty and chin fillers. This is about proportions. Chin fillers is frequently combined with a non surgical rhinoplasty.
- Chin fillers and liposuction of a double chin. This is a lovely treatment for those with a lot of fat under the chin together with a small chin. The fat under the chin is removed under local anaestehetic with liposuction, while the chin is enhanced with filler.
What is the difference between chin fillers and a chin implant?
A chin implant requires a general anaesthetic procedure. An incision is made on the underside of the chin, and a silicone chin implant is placed over the bone. A chin implant is a permanent procedure which can be quite daunting for some people. A chin implant does not treat the crease above the chin nor does it treat the prejowl sulcus. The chin size can not be changed in case the lips are filled further at some point in the future. Also, as the aging process progresses, the chin will continue to get smaller and it is not possible to add fillers to a chin implant due to the risk of infection. The change with a chin implant is also quite significant which not all people are comfortable with. Some people may chin fillers to see if they like a larger chin before undertaking a chin implant. Many others will prefer to have chin fillers alone.
Other surgical options may also exist such as genioplasty. In this operation the chin bone is advanced forward and screwed into a new position.
What is the downtime following chin fillers?
There is usually minimal downtime, and you can return to your normal activities after chin filler. The area may feel sore for a day or two and it is perfectly reasonable to take paracetamol.
What are the risks of chin fillers
As with all medical treatments, there are some risks though fortunately they are infrequent. Filler injection can cause bruising which occurs in about 20% of cases. There is also a risk of swelling for a couple of days which can be lessened with cold packs. Fillers can occasionally migrate or cause nodules. Both of these risk are very rare in our experience.
What should I do next?
If you would like to consider chin fillers, please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists in London who will be happy to help. You will receive our expertise in this area:
- Detailed consultation by a Dermatologist to design an individualised treatment plan
- Chin fillers may be prescribed alone or in combination with other treatments appropriate for your needs
- Chin fillers are a very safe and effective treatment when delivered by specialist doctors. Our Dermatologists specailise in chin filler treatments.
- We offer a full dermatology and aesthetic medicine service, giving you confidence we can deliver safe and effective treatment.
Important medical reference papers for chin fillers.
This is an interesting article sponsored by Allergan the makers of Juvederm, to show how to easily assess chin projection. If the chin is at or behind the lower lip from the side view then it may benefit from fillers for projection.
This is an American report showing how chin fillers form an essential part of full face rejuvenation.
This is an excellent article comparing the benefits of fillers to a surgical implant for the chin published by a Dermatologist and a Facial Plastic Surgeon.
“Chin fillers are an important part of balancing the facial features with dermal fillers in both men and women.”