Chin enhancement is a commonly performed procedure on both men and women, young and old. The chin is an important facial landmark that is fundamental in defining a person’s profile. As we age, the chin helps to visually distinguish the face from the neck. Particularly in younger patients, chin enhancement is commonly combined with rhinoplasty, to help balance facial proportions.
Chin enhancement can be performed surgically by placing an implant, or non-surgically with fillers. Chin enhancement can also be performed by reshaping the patient’s own jaw bone. Jaw reshaping procedures are more complex and are usually reserved for severe cases, or cases where the entire lower jaw, including the teeth, need to be advanced forward. Such surgeries are performed by orthognathic surgeons.
Chin implants are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are manufactured from both solid and semi-solid materials. During your consultation, Dr. Rapaport will discuss your options for chin augmentation and will work with you to determine which implant best suits your facial proportions. With our surgeons’ expertise, chin augmentation surgery creates a dramatic improvement to the overall facial aesthetics while still appearing entirely natural.
Chin implant surgery generally takes between 45 and 90 minutes, and is done as an outpatient procedure in Dr. Rapaport’s fully accredited on-site surgical facility in Manhattan. Chin augmentation can often be performed under local anesthesia, or under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Most patients, if they have the operation on Friday, will be back at work by Monday.
For those looking for a more modest enhancement, or for those interested in a more gradual change, injectable fillers can often be used to increase the projection of the chin. Dr. Rapaport frequently uses both hyaluronic acid (HA) products such as Voluma, and the calcium based product Radiesse to perform such augmentations.
Chin augmentation using injectable fillers is also ideal for those who do not yet feel ready to make the commitment required for placement of a permanent implant. By using injectable fillers, patients can explore the degree of projection which they are looking for, and can be assured that if for whatever reason they regret the enhancement, it will fade away in the course of a year, or can be immediately reversed (in cases where a hyaluronic acid product was used).
Most injectable fillers such as Radiesse can be expected to last about one year. Voluma is unique in that its FDA indication states that it can last as long as two years. This, as well as the fact that it can be reversed with a simple injection, make Voluma an attractive injectable option.