How do you end up with a weak chin (causes)?

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Someone told me a few days ago that I have a weak chin. I never thought of that before. I was actually wondering what was wrong with my jawline but I couldn't figure it out exactly. Then I researched the subject and realized she was right. How did I get this weak chin? Is it related to my lack of activity?

Leprecorn2015

F, 36, Tennessee

A weak chin is not related in any way to a lack of physical activity.

It is generally something you're born with, although there are also some orthodontic issues which can cause an otherwise normal chin to gradually recede over time. Injury and physical trauma to the jaw can also cause a recessed chin.

In most cases a receding chin is caused when the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, resulting in a chin which does not protrude forward enough.

A weak chin generally doesn't represent any health risks but it can negatively impact the aesthetics of a face and the overall balance of facial features. A prominent chin and a well-defined jawline, on the other hand, are generally considered to be attractive traits.

The good news for anyone lacking in this department is that there are a full range of non-invasive, minimally invasive and invasive chin augmentation procedures which can correct a receding chin and balance your facial proportions.

The simplest and least invasive route to a stronger chin is to use injectable dermal fillers on the chin area and along the jawline.

While dermal fillers like Radiesse and Juvederm Voluma are not a permanent solution, they are fast and have almost no recovery time -- allowing you to "try out" a solution without committing to it. If you're not ready to commit to a more permanent solution, non-surgical chin augmentation with facial fillers is a great place to start.

If you don't like the results of a dermal filler injection, the procedure can easily be reversed with a subsequent injection of hyaluronidase which will quickly "melt" the filler away.

A longer lasting solution to a weak chin is a chin implant.  

Chin implant surgery is a simple, minimally invasive procedure which produces excellent results. During chin implantation surgery we insert a small silicone implant into the chin to add projection and definition. The procedure has a relatively fast recovery time and is an outpatient procedure.

We have achieved very positive and natural-looking results with chin implants and I highly encourage you to look into this option if you are looking for permanent results.

In cases where a recessed chin is more severe, it may be necessary to perform a more invasive surgery to cut the bone and reposition the chin or jaw.

If your recessed chin is causing quality of life issues or leading to feelings of personal dissatisfaction, I encourage you to contact a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation. There are options available that are easy, have a relatively fast recovery time, and can have a dramatic positive effect on the way your chin looks.

A strong jawline is an important part of facial aesthetics -- and, as you noted, a weaker jawline is often directly related to a receding chin.

To answer your second question first: There’s no relationship between a “lack of activity” and a receding chin.

From your description it sounds like your weak chin is not particularly severe. Without a consultation I can't give you any direct advice, but in cases where a chin is mildly recessive I would typically recommend either injectable dermal fillers or a chin implant.

Facial fillers are a good, non-surgical chin enhancement which can get you closer (at least temporarily) to an elegant jawline and a strong chin. Facial fillers are a popular solution because there is little to no down time and very low risk.

For permanent results however, I recommend a chin implant.

Chin implants are silicone prosthetics which can be inserted through a small incision underneath the chin. Chin implantation is a fast, minimally invasive procedure which can be performed on an outpatient basis. With chin implant surgery, restoring facial balance and a good jawline is possible with a low risk surgical procedure that takes under one hour. The recovery time for a chin implant is typically less than 2 weeks.

Without knowing more about your specific anatomy, there’s no way to know which procedure is best for you. When considering any cosmetic surgery, always remember to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to guarantee you’ll receive the best results.

A weak chin, sometimes referred to as a recessive chin, is usually genetically inherited or congenital. It may occur while the child is still in the womb, caused by developmental complications or an underlying issue that affects the fetus. It results in a lower jaw that is significantly smaller than the upper jaw, giving the appearance of a jaw that has receded. This condition is known as micrognathia and can occur independently or as a symptom of a condition such as Marfan syndrome.

Another possible cause for a recessive chin is a direct trauma to the chin where the individual has a less prominent jaw bone, particularly if the bone was damaged as a result of injury during childhood. However, you can rest assured that a lack of physical activity will have little to no bearing on the appearance of your chin.

There is yet another cause for a weak chin: a condition known as actively receding chin. This is a rare condition that can take place after adolescence and manifests as the gradual and ongoing reduction of the prominence of the lower jaw. It can be caused by dental issues such as overcrowding in the mouth, arthritis in the lower jaw, or as a side effect of a surgery where parts of the jaw bone were removed.

Aesthetically, a small chin can impact on your overall facial features. Some individuals may appear to have double chins because of their lack of a defining jaw line.

If you feel uncomfortable about your weak chin and would like to consider undergoing a procedure to enlarge it, there are non-invasive options such as injectable fillers that can be injected into the chin to provide temporary augmentation. There are also more enduring permanent solutions such as a traditional chin implant, or jaw implant surgery for a stronger chin and jawline. I recommend that you set up a consultation with a board-certified specialist to explore your options.

A weak chin profile is usually related to genetics. The frontal projection of the mandible does not grow forward enough and the patient is left with a recessive chin. There can be other causes such as underlying conditions or injury that may also contribute to this condition. In general, a receding chin poses no serious health risk but can represent an issue of cosmetic importance.

Those who have weak jaws may in some cases appear to have double chins or short faces as the lower third of the face provides definition, harmony and balance to the overall facial aesthetic. A well-defined chin and jaw is desirable for facial attractiveness. If you feel bothered by your small chin, the great news is that this area is one of the most easily treatable parts of the face.

There are a range of non-invasive and surgical procedures that can be performed by a facial plastic surgeon. For some patients, the chin can be accentuated by a surgical procedure known as genioplasty. In one version of genioplasty, the chin bone is cut away from the rest of the jaw and moved to correct a chin deficiency.

In chin implantation surgery, another variation of genioplasty, chin implants are used to subtly augment the existing chin. These implants are manufactured in different shapes and sizes and are composed of a material called Silastic. They can be inserted through a submental approach using local anesthesia, and the recovery period for this particular procedure is relatively brief.

In certain individuals, a weak jaw may in fact be the underlying issue, making the chin look smaller than it really is. In these cases, jaw augmentation surgery may be a more appropriate procedure. It is important to seek the guidance of a facial plastic surgeon with expertise in conducting chin augmentation procedures so together you can determine what the most suitable procedure would be for you, based on your unique facial features. If you have a severely weak chin and jaw, you may need to consult with another expert such as an oral/maxillofacial surgeon to see if a procedure such as orthognathic surgery is a better option.

With respect to non-surgical treatments, small amounts of injectable fillers such as Voluma or Radiesse along the jawline and chin can offer more subtle improvements. These add volume and strengthen the chin profile. Most fillers last from 6-9 months on average. More enduring filler options such as ArteFill® can also provide more permanent results.

A weak chin is something you are born with.  It just means that it is not coming out as far as it ideally could be.  The good news is there are 2 very effective ways of treating this.  You can get a chin implant or you can get a procedure call a genioplasty, which is where the chin gets broken and moved forward.