Non-surgical options to improve weak chin

I don't like my chin one little bit. It's almost like I don't have one and I'm sure it's the main reason why girls aren't usually attracted to me. I'm fit, a nice guy, and have plenty of money, so getting implants or jawline surgery wouldn't normally be a problem for me but I have a bit of a phobia about surgery in general. I know it's ridiculous, but that doesn't change how I feel about surgical procedures  -- they still scare me very, very much. The idea of being put under while doctors cut into me with their scalpels gives me the chills. If I absolutely have no other options, I will somehow find the balls to go for surgical enhancements but if there are any non-surgical techniques that work almost as well for fixing ugly chins as surgery does, I would be nothing short of thrilled. Can you help me with this?


M, 39, New Jersey

Tags:man age 35-44 chin jawline small chin loss of jawline non surgical

There are non-surgical treatments available that can enhance the appearance of a small chin or weak jaw. Dermal fillers can be injected into the chin and strategic places along the lower jaw, subtly altering the contour of the chin to give you a more balanced profile.

Non-permanent dermal fillers are most commonly used as the results are temporary, lasting up to six months, and the procedure can be reversed if necessary. Similar to Botox, maintenance injections are required to prevent the chin from reverting to its pre-treatment appearance. However, it is important to note that the changes in the chin area are subtle rather than dramatic.

If you have a very weak chin profile, or a double chin due to lack of chin or jaw definition, it’s likely plastic surgery would be a more effective option. A chin augmentation procedure is very straightforward, with a recovery period of a week. Prior to the surgery, you and your surgeon will settle on a chin implant of appropriate size and shape. 3D imaging software is often used to help patients envision how the implant may appear once inserted. During the procedure, the implant is usually inserted through an intraoral incision so there are no visible scars, or it can be inserted beneath the chin.

Another option is a sliding genioplasty. During this procedure, the chin is cut, the chin bone is advanced forward and then secured in place with a titanium plate. Like chin augmentation, the surgery is straightforward with little downtime. Both procedures offer a permanent solution to correct a receding chin.

You may find it useful to schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options. While it’s understandable how the idea of surgery can cause feelings of anxiety, an honest discussion with an experienced surgeon should help to demystify what is involved and alleviate some of your fears.

You absolutely have options when it comes to non-surgical procedures for chin enhancement to treat a recessive chin. You don't have to undergo surgical chin implantation anymore to achieve the results you want. There are lots of dermatologists and plastic surgeons who now offer dermal filler injections to enhance a person's jawline. Radiesse, Artefill, Voluma, Restylane and I believe Juvederm injectable fillers are being used for this procedure. They key to fillers, is having an expert doctor who knows how to inject the filler evenly, leaving you with an enhanced, symmetrical looking chin. The downside to fillers for chin augmentation, is that they are temporary. You'll also have small amounts of swelling, bruising and redness. You'll have to repeat this process at least once a year.

I had chin augmentation surgery and it was not bad at all. I was not one bit anxious about having a surgical procedure though, and I can see how this would scare some people. I had a Goretex chin implant inserted inside my mouth under general anesthesia (you would have local anesthesia for a non-surgical chin augmentation with filler). It was an outpatient procedure and I had no pain post-surgery. I had it done intraorally (scar is inside my mouth), and I was left with absolutely no visible scar. I had immediate results with very mild bruising and swelling. It felt a little weird for a few months having a foreign object sitting on my jaw, but eventually my body got used to it, formed a pocket around it and now I don't even know it's there. Overall, my recovery time was almost nothing. Personally, I would not want to go to the doctor every year to have my chin injected - I preferred permanent results - but to each his own.

I think whatever you decide, both procedures are very low-risk and safe if you're in the right hands. Just make sure you go to a board-certified plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. I had a plastic surgeon perform my procedure and could not be happier. I was left with a very natural appearance, and it greatly improved my facial structure and harmony. Having a stronger chin has greatly enhanced my facial features, boosting my self-confidence and the way ladies look at me (women love men with a strong jawline).

Not to make you more self-conscious, but how does your nose look? Some patients feel their chin is receded, but it's because their chin is flat and nose is longer than ideal. For patients with a bad nose, a rhinoplasty is often combined with a chin implant to fix facial symmetry.

I will say, however, that you should also find out which chin augmentation technique your doctor prefers. Some doctors claim having your implant placed through an incision under your chin results in a lower infection rate (Since your mouth is filled with bacteria, having an incision in your mouth increases your risk of infection). For me, I did not want a scar and had no issues with an infection having the implant placed through my mouth.

Whatever decision you make, whether surgical chin enhancement or non-surgical chin enhancement, I'm sure you'll be very satisfied with the results.

Good luck!