If you feel like everyone and their mom is getting a smidge of filler in their chins, you’re not wrong. You can count me as everyone and I’m someone’s mom, so I fit in both categories.
When I first tried it three years ago, I thought, “why not?” I never thought I had a weak chin, but once the filler was placed, I was instantly hooked. It gave my lower face a nice endpoint, and although the difference is mere millimeters, I could really see it. Now, chin filler is trending and the lower face is getting as much attention as the cheeks. To get to the bottom of this phenomenon, we asked the pros why chins are so hot and who should jump on the strong profile bandwagon.
Why Chins, Why Now?
According to West Palm Beach, FL dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD, the chin was once a commonly missed area. “We wrote a big article and poster presentation about injecting the chins. I’ve been doing it for years and years and years, and it was just published and discussed in one of the big dermatology meetings so now everyone is seeing how beneficial it is,” says Dr. Beer. “A little bit of botulinum toxin and a little bit of filler in the chin will help give better definition in the lower third of the face and help create the ideal heart-shaped face.”
Which Filler Works Best?
“I prefer to use a thicker hyaluronic acid filler with a high G prime number like Juvéderm Voluma or Restylane Lyft,” says Birmingham, AL dermatologist Corey Hartman, MD. “These fillers provide maximum lift and the longest duration. They are also best used when placed deep on the bone to mimic the structural support of the bone and to provide the best projection and elongation. Sculptra is also a wise choice if the patient is okay with gradual improvement over time.”
Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, MD says he uses longer-lasting options. “To add projection and volume to the chin, I inject either fat or Radiesse, a filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite which is found in bone and joints.”
The Best Candidates
So, who should try it? “Individuals who have facial asymmetry either caused by a recessive chin or aging process,” says Greenwich, CT dermatologist Mitchell Ross, MD. “Aging leads to collagen, bone and muscle loss. But I would avoid against it if the patient already has an implant, depending on material that was used.”
If you’ve been thinking about trying it, these doctors agree that now is the time. As Dr. Hartman says, “If 2019 was the year of the jawline, then 2020 is definitely the year of the chin!”
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