With dermal filler treatments gaining popularity in the UK and Worldwide, more and more patients turn to non-surgical chin augmentation instead of chosing the more traditional surgical insertion of implants. Not surprising considering fillers offer a lot of advantages including increased safety, effectiveness and reversibility.
Chin augmentation typically refers to any procedure that is designed to modify the shape, size, structure and consequently the overall appearance of the chin. The procedure could involve a reduction or addition of materials to your chin. A procedure that involves reduction is termed ‘mentoplasty’ while any procedure that adds material to the chin is referred to as ‘genioplasty’.
Individuals may decide to undergo a chin augmentation procedure for varying reasons. Some are forced to do so after a traumatic accident while others want to correct a receding chin brought by the normal aging process or congenital defects. Chin augmentation ultimately helps achieve a younger, more beautiful appearance. Although not in all cases, chin augmentation often goes hand-in-hand with rhinoplasty (nose jobs).
Chin augmentation procedures are broadly divided into surgical and non-surgical augmentation procedures.
This is perhaps the most common chin augmentation procedure although latest trends show that the situation may change in the near future. It involves the surgical insertion of an implant into the chin region to correct deformities and enhance the shape and structure of the chin. Some surgical procedures do not aim to insert implants but to modify the size and positioning of the jaw bones. For patients who feel their chin is too small for implants, a part of the jawbone is removed and moved forwards while the reverse is the case for patients who feel the size of their chin is larger than normal.
The surgery is not considered a major one and you would most likely be discharged on the day of the surgery. Different materials such as silicone, polyethylene, polytetrafluoroethylene, Acellular Dermal Matrix etc. are used as chin implants. Surgical chin augmentation procedures are usually permanent and another surgery has to be performed if the patient is dissatisfied with the results.
This procedure involves injecting dermal fillers into the chin region to improve the features of the chin. This procedure does not require making any incision or adjusting the position of any bone. All that is required is the injection of substances known as fillers into several portions of the chin. The procedure takes less than an hour and results are also seen immediately, although an optimum effect is achieved about one week after the procedure.
Various substances are employed as fillers and hyaluronic acid-based formulations seem to be the most adopted. This is due to their effectiveness coupled with a significantly lesser risk of allergic reactions. On the downside, hyaluronic acid fillers are not permanent and their effects start to wane after about 6 months. Repeat injections would be needed if the effect is to be sustained. Permanent fillers such as silicone based fillers also exist but they have generally fallen out of favor due to the inherent risk of migration which may result in permanent disfiguring of the chin.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body and it works mainly by increasing the ability of the skin to retain moisture. When injected into receding areas in the chin region, the retained moisture ensures that the region is kept in proper alignment with the face and facial features are thus enhanced. For adults who may be experiencing a sagging chin due to the effects of aging, hyaluronic acid fillers ensure the chin remains properly positioned thereby promoting a youthful and beautiful appearance.
Chin augmentation procedures are usually carried out on healthy adults (independent of the sex) who for one reason or the other may not like the appearance of their chin. The chin may seem out of proportion due to the effects of aging, after-effects of an accident or a congenital malformation. Individuals who decide to undergo gender reassignment surgery often enlist for chin augmentation as part of the whole process.
You still need to talk to your doctor to be sure you are eligible for the procedure. Your expectations about the procedure should be realistic and you should always keep it in mind that while your appearance may be enhanced a bit, you would still remain you. It would be great if you have a picture of what you wish to look like so the doctor would work towards achieving it.
People with health challenges such as jaw and teeth problems, bleeding problems etc. cannot undergo chin augmentation procedures.
Numerous hyaluronic acid fillers are available. All the available products would have been approved by the regulatory authorities so you can be sure they meet a minimum standard. They may, however, have slightly varying specifications in terms of cost, duration of activity etc. your doctor would be in the best position to advise you on which product is ideal for you. Some of the hyaluronic acid fillers include:
Doctors generally tend to prefer products that come with lignocaine as its anesthetic effect ensures the procedure is considerably pain-free.
Overall, dermal fillers are considered safe but the possibility of side effects cannot be completely ruled out, as with any medical procedure. Most of the side effects associated with dermal fillers are short-term side effects, occurring almost immediately after the injection and resolving in no time. Some prolonged side effects have, however, been reported although very rarely.
The temporary side effects that may be experienced include:
More severe side effects that have been reported include:
You should inform your doctor immediately you notice any severe or persistent side effect.
Compared to the surgical insertion of implants for chin augmentation, hyaluronic acid fillers offer a lot of advantages.
This is perhaps the most important advantage of hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is found in the body of every individual so the risk of an allergic reaction is almost zero. Any surgery at all possesses inherent risks. Scarring could arise from the incision made and this could lead to permanent disfiguring of the face. The site of the surgery could also become infected and complications could also arise as a result of the anesthesia. More worrying perhaps is the possibility of movement of the implant, which may necessitate in another surgery entirely.
Surgical chin augmentation may not produce the desired results as it may be somewhat difficult to customize the implant to the exact structure of your face. Thus, a perfect fit is not always achieved. Hyaluronic acid fillers, on the other hand, can be injected in very small amounts depending on the needs of your face. The fact that they also blend in and become a part of your skin enhances their cosmetic effectiveness.
Surgical implants cost a lot more than hyaluronic acid fillers. Antibiotics and analgesics that are taken after the surgery also contribute to its cost. Taking analgesics may not even be necessary after receiving a hyaluronic acid filler.
Since results are seen immediately, it is possible to carry out the chin augmentation procedure gradually. The injections could be administered over different appointments until the desired result is achieved. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who do not want the change to appear too sudden or are not exactly sure of what they want. For surgical implants, any modification would require an entirely new surgery.
In case you change your mind after the procedure or in the event of any mistake by your doctor, hyaluronic acid fillers offer the advantage of being reversible. Your doctor can easily inject another substance (hyaluronidase) that is capable of dissolving the hyaluronic acid, restoring your chin back to its previous state.
The procedure lasts for less than an hour and it is usually accompanied by only a slight swelling and redness. You could resume your regular activities immediately after the procedure.
Immediately after the hyaluronic acid fillers are administered, it is normal to experience some bruising or swelling but this should resolve after a few days. Your doctor may provide ice packs to deal with the initial swelling. You are advised to avoid alcohol and exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
If the pain becomes worrying, you could opt for over the counter analgesics like paracetamol or ibuprofen. You could continue the cold compress for a few days after the procedure but remember not to apply too much pressure on the injected region. Your doctor may also give you homeopathic preparations to help with fast resolution of the pain and swelling.
Typically, the effect of hyaluronic acid fillers lasts up to 3-9 months. Repeat injections may be needed if you wish to sustain the effects of the filler. Because the duration of effect is dependent on the type of product used, your doctor should be able to provide a definite answer on how long the filler would last.
If for any reason whatsoever, you decide to discontinue the injection, you can be sure your chin would retract back to its original state, without any unusual wobbling or sag.
Hyaluronic acid injections for the chin aren’t exactly cheap. Since most insurance plans would not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures or complications arising from them, you should know what you are getting into before opting for a non-surgical chin augmentation.
The cost of the procedure largely depends on the geographical location, the experience of the practitioner and the number of injections required for the procedure. On the average, non-surgical chin augmentation costs about £400 to £1800. It is strongly advisable to contact your chosen qualified specialist and find out about the cost from them. You can use our website www.smileo.co.uk to help you find the right specialist.
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