What is a chin augmentation procedure?
The chin plays a huge part in overall facial appearance and symmetry. However, some patients may be suffering from microgenia—an unusually small or deformed chin. This aesthetic imperfection can then be corrected using 2 effective ways which are genioplasty and injecting dermal fillers. Genioplasty which is chin enhancement surgery is a permanent procedure that either involves removing some parts of the chin bone to correct the chin or even placing implants inside the chin. On the other hand, patients who do not want permanent results can instead opt for dermal filler injections. This procedure involves shaping and volumising the chin with viscoelastic soft tissue filler.
How is chin augmentation procedure done?
A chin augmentation procedure is started by assessing the patients’ medical history. Their medical information regarding any underlying diseases, previous history of aesthetic procedures, list of medications and/or supplements taken are all important to determine their safety and suitability to undergo the chin augmentation procedure. Next, a complete facial assessment will be done to establish the severity of chin deformity and the adequate amount of aesthetic correction needed. Patients with severe cases of retrogenia—a condition where the chin is too far back in relation to the rest of the face—are recommended to be treated using sliding genioplasty. This procedure simply involves cutting the chin bone and reattaching it in a newer position to correct the chin deformity. Another form of permanent surgery is by inserting implants to reshape, enlarge, or to push the chin forward according to patients’ preference. These implants exist in many alloplastic materials such as silicone, polyethylene, and polytetrafluoroethylene. In addition to these surgical chin augmentation procedures, patients wanting temporary aesthetic results can undergo dermal filler injections. This procedure involves using needles to inject soft tissue fillers to alter the appearance of the chin. These temporary fillers come in various types such as hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite that are effective enough to adequately correct the chin deformities.
What is the best filler for chin augmentation procedure?
A popular filler for chin augmentation procedure is Juvederm Voluma, a highly volumising dermal filler that is composed of 20mg/ml of cross-linked non-animal based hyaluronic acid molecules. The monophasic filler gel is extremely malleable and viscous, which makes it perfect for sculpting the chin. Another equally effective dermal implant is Stylage XXL. This temporary implant is made of 21mg/g of cross-linked hyaluronic acid gel integrated with antioxidant mannitol. It has a viscoelastic texture and is ideal for shaping the chin seamlessly while mannitol helps to protect the implanted gel as well as surrounding tissues from free radical damage. Once implanted, both brands could deliver volumising effects for up to 12 months before they are gradually metabolised into the surrounding tissues. That being said, this residence time varies depending on patients’ age, skin condition, and lifestyle habits.