Wish your chin or jawline looked a little different? You’re not alone. Palo Alto, CA facial plastic surgeon Sachin S. Parikh, MD says requests for chin filler have “definitely increased” in the past six months, crediting the spike to the “ever-increasing use of social media by all age groups—and that everyone is using video conferencing a lot more these days,” he says.
Depending on your comfort level and desired outcome, plastic surgeons and dermatologists can help give your chin and jawline an updated appearance with help from energy devices, injectables, threads and in some cases surgery.
“Most people know that lifting your chin slightly for the camera elongates the neck, smooths out the jowl area and helps light reflect off the face,” says Dr. Parikh. “Having a stronger chin can help achieve this look without having to raise your chin.”
If you’re interested in an update but aren’t sure on your ideal end result, scroll through for the ultimate #chinspo—straight from our favorite celebs.
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Lopez looks like she hasn’t aged a day in the past few decades. One of her many secrets: a youthful, chiseled chin and jawline—along with high, plump cheeks—which help keeps age-related jowls at bay.
Fillers like Juvéderm Voluma immediately restore lost volume to the cheeks which can result in a tired, aged appearance. Even better: the filler acts as a coat hanger beneath the skin, structurally supporting the corners of the mouth, nasolabial folds and jowls.
A pixie cut is tough to pull off, but Berry’s defined jawline and soft yet prominent chin has made her signature look seem easy. If your prominent chin is hindering an overall balanced look, cheek augmentation or fat injections into the cheeks can often help balance out the dominance of a larger chin.
Countless memes, videos and essays have been produced about Knightley’s remarkable chin. What makes it so news-worthy: its perfectly angled, chiseled appearance that gives her jawline a close-to-perfect angle.
If a Knightley-esque profile is what you’re after, treatments and procedures designed to shrink and shape the jawline have been growing in popularity and include the use of filler, thread lifts and energy-powered tighteners. In some cases, surgery might be a solution.
If want to reduce the size of your chin and obtain tinier features like those Holmes sports, a chin reduction may be performed to remove some of the bone. However, “there is a limit of how much bone may be removed with this method, so it is best for a small amount of desired change,” says San Francisco facial plastic surgeon David W. Kim, MD.
Thanks to her strong jawline, Jolie has a near-perfect profile. In terms of volume, the lower third of the face is, unfortunately, most prone to the age-related accumulation of fat.
The appearance of jowls, the result of sagging skin, can be alleviated by strategically adding volume with a filler such as Radiesse or your own fat (fat transfer) to help contour the jawline and create a more chiseled, youthful look.
Thanks to genetics and a strong chin and jawline, Miller has a perfectly oval face. If you have a recessed chin, opting for filler or a chin implant are great options to add length to the face. Dr. Parikh says he sees a lot of patients who are concerned with a weak chin. “We correct this either with dermal fillers, an angle of the jaw surgery or chin augmentation,” he says.
A youthful face that doesn’t look “done” encompasses balanced features that are proportionate to one another. Case in point: Rossum’s nose and chin, both on the same plane. If you do opt for a chin implant, ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon. “The goal of plastic surgery is to improve the face, not manipulate it in search of perfection,” says West Palm Beach, FL facial plastic surgeon Mark Murphy, MD. “Balance and proportion need to be adhered to.”
While many women are after a more prominent chin, some may want to reduce the size of their chin. However, larger chins are often helpful in creating the perfect balance. Chastain’s wide, square jawline and long nose is actually balanced by her dominant chin, which helps to keep all of her features in proportion.
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