Surgical and Non-Invasive Chin Contour

Surgical and Non-Invasive Techniques to Achieve a Contoured Jawline and Strong Chin

By: Dr. Jack Kolenda, MD, FRCSC

For both men and women,a strong chin and contoured jawline is a sign of attractiveness. Chins come in different shapes and sizes—and the size of the chin is an important feature in our appearance, as it balances the shape of our face. In a profile view, a perfect chin influences the attractiveness of the neck. A dimple in the chin has become a calling card of many male movie stars and in Persian literature, the chin dimple is considered a factor of beauty! Here are answers to frequently asked questions about enhancing the appearance of the chin.

What is the perfect chin?

There are eight types of chin shapes and men tend to have more of a square configuration.There are many different ways to measure the ideal chin position in the profile view. For simplicity, if you draw a line from the tip of your nose to the tip of the chin, the lower lip should fall just behind the line in women and on the line in men.

Are there non-surgical ways to enhance my chin?

Yes. A quick way of changing the appearance of the chin is through injection of fillers that have a high G prime; these fillers are more robust and give more projection. Think of it as a temporary implant. This allows you to decide if you like the new chin look before considering a permanent change. The amount of filler and the cost of the procedure will vary for clients, depending on the desired result.

Are there non-invasive ways to treat my double chin?

Yes. At times, the filler injection can be combined with adjuvant treatment to treat double chins. In these cases, the submental fat, which causes the double chin needs to be addressed to achieve most ideal results. Non-invasive ways of achieving this would be to dissolve the fat with Belkyra. Alternative treatment would be to freeze the fat using CoolSculpting.

What are the surgical options for changing my chin?

There are multiple ways to change the projection of the chin, including orthognathic surgery, which can achieve a better-balanced chin. This is done more commonly in younger patients who also have underlying dental occlusion problems. The most common chin augmentation procedure is the placement of a chin implant. Sizers are used prior to the surgery to determine the ideal size and shape, and placement of the implant can be done through intraoral access or a transcutaneous route via a small incision in the submental crease. For some patients, fat injection can be used as an alternative, however, this limits the amount of projection that can achieved.

What’s the downtime after my procedure?

Orthognathic surgery has the longest recovery period. The popularity of chin implants has grown because of the ability to change the shape and projection with a quick recovery. Chin implants are usually done under local anaesthesia and clients are sometimes able to return to social activities in as little as three days

Are chin implants safe?

Most chin implants are made from silicone and no long-term adverse events have been reported. Possible risks include infection or hematoma within the first two weeks of the procedure. A shift in the position of the implant can occur if non-screw securement is used at the time of implant placement.

Is a chin implant permanent?

The implant is intended to be lifelong but it can be removed if desired.

Is there any way I can avoid getting a scar?

Placement can be done through an intraoral access or a transcutaneous route via a small incision in the submental crease. Placing the incision in the natural crease makes the scar very imperceptible. With intraoral access, no scar is seen on the outside, but there is a higher risk of post-procedure infection because of the oral flora that can be introduced through the incision.

Dr. Jack Kolenda, MD, FRCSC is a certified member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology. Considered to be one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Canada, his well-established practice at Verso Surgery Centre focuses on Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, Medical Cosmetic Aesthetics, and Robotic Hair Restoration.

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