Why consider chin augmentation
A well-defined chin is considered important to maintain one’s facial harmony, balance and level of attractiveness. Unfortunately, not everyone is bestowed with a naturally well-sculpted chin. In fact, some people develop chin deformities and imperfections as they age. Some of the most commonly complained about chin imperfections include wrinkles, an under-defined jawline, and recessed bone contour. While these imperfections can be corrected using a surgical procedure known as mentoplasty, it is invasive and requires a lengthy recovery time. Patients who may prefer a quick, yet equally-effective, chin augmentation procedure can opt for dermal filler implantation instead, as it only involves administering soft tissue implants via minimally invasive injections.
How does Juvederm help to augment the chin?
Juvederm is a brand of soft tissue implant that contains nonanimal-derived hyaluronic acid gel as the active ingredient. The hyaluronic acid molecules are derived and purified biotechnologically before being cross-linked into a viscoelastic gel featuring a monophasic texture. The best filler for non-surgical chin augmentation from the Juvederm collection is Juvederm Voluma. Once injected, the malleable implant will immediately volumize the chin, and can further be used to shape the chin in accordance with a patient’s preferences, resulting in a well-sculpted and wrinkle-free chin.
How is Juvederm injected into the chin?
For best results, doctors should inject the gel into the deep dermis, subcutaneous, or upper periosteum layer of the skin, depending on the severity of the chin deformities. Caution must be exercised to ensure that no overcorrection occurs, as it can lead to an unsightly and lumpy skin appearance. Once the chin has been sculpted, the treatment site should be massaged to promote the seamless integration of filler within the surrounding tissues.
What are the aftercare methods?
In order to reduce the severity of injection-site reactions, several elements of aftercare are recommended:
- Apply cold compress on injected areas to reduce swelling and redness.
- Avoid situations with extreme temperatures, such as direct sunlight and saunas and cold weather.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid strenuous exercise.
How long do the results last?
After the initial inflammatory side effects have subsided, the corrected chin should appear wrinkle-free and well-sculpted. These desirable effects can last for up to 18 months, after which the injected soft tissue gel will disintegrate into the neighboring tissues. The effective time of Juvederm Voluma is directly influenced by the injection technique used and the volume of filler implanted into the skin. Biological factors, such as the patient’s age and skin health, also play a role in the duration of action.
Do injections with Juvederm Voluma hurt?
Juvederm Voluma is integrated with 0.3% fast-acting lidocaine, which will instantly alleviate pain and discomfort associated with injections. Patients who require additional anesthetic agents, either topically or locally, must discuss this topic with their physicians before the start of the treatment.
What other fillers can be used to augment the chin?
Besides Juvederm Voluma, patients who want to augment their chin may consider Radiesse. This pyrogen-free, biostimulating, and completely biodegradable injectable filler is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous carrier gel. While the gel instantly shapes the chin, the CaHA particles will encourage the skin to more collagen fibers for a well-sculpted chin structure that can last for up to a year or more.