Is Radiesse for Chin Augmentation a possibility?
I really would like to have a chin augmentation but surgery is not really in my budget right now. I have been reading about Radiesse and how in some cases it is used for a chin augmentation instead of surgery. Is it a good option? If so, how does it work?
Hi, I have performed many facial shaping procedures, including Chin Augmentation with dermal fillers or silastic chin implants, for over the 30 years. When the chin is weak, this creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy, the lower face looks short, de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a "double chin".
When using dermal fillers for chin augmentation, I use either Restylane Lift or Radiesse. Both work quite well and enable the patient to get some idea of what they look like with a more balanced chin. Because the dermal filler must be repeated in order to keep the effect, silastic chin implants are far more cost effective in the long run.
When placing a silastic chin implant, I place the silastic chin implant through a small curved incision under the chin to add projection to the chin thereby creating harmony and balance to the lower face. Using the same incision, liposuction can be performed to reduce the fat and further shape the neck. Excess skin, from below the chin, can also be removed through the same incision.
I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick, highly effective and far less invasive than a sliding genioplasty. I perform chin implant surgery in 30 minutes or less, often using a local anesthetic alone.
Hope this helps.
Radiesse is an injectable filler that can restore volume to areas in the face including the chin. Advantages are that it is not permanent so if you don't like it it will eventually go away. Disadvantages are that it is not permanent so if you you like it you have to do it again after about one or two years. Also, volume is a factor. One syringe will not be enough to be able to notice a significant difference. In order to achieve the same impact that a chin implant will give you consider injecting about 3 to 4 syringe. If this is seriously a route you are considering and would like longer lasting results consider using a longer-lasting filler such as Bellafill which lasts for over five years.