Chin augmentation procedures are all the rage in 2020, but why has this part of the face been neglected for so long – and what can a chin enhancement do for you?

Chin augmentation and enhancement can often be achieved through non-surgical means, using injectable procedures. We can create a well defined and sharper chin, increase the height or length of the chin, and improve the overall contour and texture of the chin area without the need for costly surgery, scarring, anesthesia, or downtime.

What Can Chin Fillers Do?

Chin filler can change the shape, projection, and smoothness of your chin – as well as changing your overall face shape (both front-on and from the side).

NonSurgical Chin Augmentation can:

  • Increase projection (for a more harmonious profile view)
  • Add height and volume (for a more harmonious front view)
  • Smooth out uneven or bumpy skin texture (peach pit chin)
  • Fill in contour irregularities (oral commissures and pre-jowl sulcus)

These changes lead to the following overall impacts:

  • Change in overall face shape to oval or heart-shaped for females(depending upon cheekbone projection), or more angular and sharp face shape for males (depending upon jaw prominence or contouring)
  • Balancing out of the nose in relation to overall face (this can be in addition to a nose surgery or non-surgical nose job, or in substitution of one, depending upon the individual’s facial features)
  • More attractive submental (where neck meets chin) definition
  • Improve jawline shape and definition

Increased Projection of Chin (Alternative to Chin Implant Surgery)

Oftentimes, those with a weak chin will consider chin augmentation surgery, which includes placing a hard silicone implant on top of the bone. However, we can mimic that same result using filler injections with either Radiesse, Voluma, or Lyft to add volume in the deepest planes of tissue, where an implant would normally be placed . These have a firmer consistency and create nearly the same consistency as the silicone implants do, and without the high cost, scars, anesthesia, or downtime (discomfort and recovery period).
The only patients who we’ve found that a chin implant makes more sense for (vs. chin fillers) are those who are already undergoing a cosmetic surgery (often a rhinoplasty) and who prefer a one-and-done solution. For those patients, we do recommend a consultation with our plastic surgeon.

Changing the Chin Shape

Many people suffer not only from weak chin projection (as seen in their profile silhouette), but also from short chin projection (or lack of chin height), visible from the front view as well. Contouring a longer or taller chin can impact the overall face shape, creating a less round shape (more oval or more heart-shaped face, depending upon your cheekbone structure).
Adding volume to a weak chin can improve the jawline, as well as create a defined chin, provided that the injector treats the whole face – not just 1 feature. We actually have a whole page that covers jawline injections, which are kind of a different thing – they tend to more along the length of the jawbone and create more sharply defined and straight jawbone contour. This page really more covers the chin specifically – though your consultation and treatment won’t be limited to just 1 area – in fact our philosophy is to treat the whole person and create harmony and enhance beauty amongst all of your features.

Smoothing Out the Chin’s Texture & Shape

One thing chin implant surgery really does not address is the overall chin smoothness – and this is actually something that can be treated with injectables whether or not you have a chin implant. Botox can be used to reduce chin dimpling caused by tensing the muscle (this is not a solution for donut-style chin dimples or cleft chin), but fillers can also be used to create a smoother texture and smoother contour to your overall chin shape. Injecting into the pre-jowl sulcus is one of the most common ways we create a smoother contour for the chin.
This page is really dedicated to the changes filler can create for chin. Botox can create a few small changes to the chin, namely in addressing peach pit chin dimpling, but beyond that, most nonsurgical chin augmentation is currently limited to fillers – which can still do a lot of different things – but Botox just isn’t used that much in this specific part of the face.

What Kinds of Injectables Are Used in the Chin?

Radiesse was for a long time the gold standard for chin filler, and it’s still a good option for those who need a result that mimics bone. For example, if the alignment of your jawbone or natural shape of your jawbones is the main cause of your chin deficit, then Radiesse can be injected very deep in the tissues, near the bone, and this product creates a very firm result that lasts for up to 1 year or longer. Often times we combine this treatment with different types of fillers closer to the surface of the skin (superficial or dermal filler injections) so that we can also treat soft-tissue deficiencies and create a more natural effect. Radiesse has very limited ability to be dissolved, unlike hyaluronic acid(HA) fillers, so patients who are trying out a new look often choose to try an HA substitute first – and then after they decide they like the look, and after the HA filler wears off in a few years, they’ll make a more permanent commitment with Radiesse.
Voluma is the only hyaluronic acid filler to have FDA-Approval for use in the chin, and this simply means the longevity and safety of this filler has been specifically studied in this part of the face and can last up to 2 years in the chin. Voluma has long been used in the cheekbone area, injected directly on top of the bone to lift the cheeks. In the chin, we often use Voluma to augment and shape the chin by placing in different layers to get a great result that looks natural from all angles, relying on it to be a firm support for the tissues. Lyft is a very similar product, just made by a different manufacturer, which we can use similarly to Voluma in the chin.
Defyne and Refyne are two fillers we like to use more superficially in the chin to smooth out contours and provide additional shaping. These 2 HA fillers were specifically formulated for areas of high movement, such as around the mouth, which makes them ideal for injection into the more superficial layers of tissue around the chin, which experience some of the highest rates of movement in the face. In general, high movement means your HA fillers will break down faster and the results simply won’t last long – but these 2 fillers are a type of cohesive gel that work almost like memory foam – twisting, compressing, and bending naturally, and then bouncing back to their desired shape. So these make for not only a longer duration of effect (and that’s basically cost-effectiveness for the patient) but also for a very natural look that continues to be natural with every movement and facial expression.
Botox can be used to smooth out the appearance of the skin by preventing or decreasing the intensity of certain repetitive motions – namely pursing the lips and dimpling of the chin due to stress or other repetitive facial expressions.
We do not typically use Juvéderm, Restylane, Silk, Volbella, or other more soft fillers in this type of procedure, because they are too soft to create the kind of firm projection needed to sculpt this area, and too easily broken down by movement to last long in the more superficial layers.

Where Can I Get Chin Fillers Near Me?

We offer chin filler injections at both of our New Jersey offices – in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township (South/Central NJ) and in Livingston near Short Hills (20 min. Outside of NYC). While aesthetic injectors seem to be everywhere in NJ and NY these days, chin fillers are more of a specialty injection that requires experience, skill, and access to some of the less-frequently-used products on the market in order to create natural-looking and lasting results.

Who should I Trust to Inject My Chin Fillers – And Why Does This Matter?

It’s important to trust a trained medical professional with advanced credentials, such as a doctor, NP, or PA only, for your chin filler because there are so many important blood vessels, nerves, and other delicate anatomical nuances to injecting in this particular area – meaning a poor injection technique could actually lead to very serious complications. With all filler injections, there is a risk of occlusion, where the filler is injected and enters a blood vessel and then blocks blood flow, with the potential to create serious medical emergencies.
A trained and experienced injector with a strong knowledge of anatomy understands not only the best practices to avoid these complications, but also – and perhaps more importantly – how to handle an occlusion so that the damage is truly minimized. Most occlusions, when treated quickly and properly, don’t lead to any permanent damage. And occlusions do happen, even to best injectors – it’s simply a numbers game, if you inject enough people, you will eventually experience this, unfortunately, because there are variances in individual anatomy and you simply can’t remove all the risk completely. But what you can do is prepare and train for how you will handle an emergency should it arise. And this requires a deep understanding of the anatomy where you are injecting (something which is covered in detail in medical school, but far less detail in other medical training), products being used, techniques you are using, and how to dissolve filler rapidly and safely. Any medical professional could educate themselves to this level by seeking out additional training and experience, but most do not. And for that reason, we really suggest you see a doctor who is performing lots and lots of injectable procedures for this treatment specifically.

Treatment Process for Chin Filler: Step by Step What to Expect

Step 1: Free Consultation with One of Our Cosmetic Physician Injectors

All injectable procedures at our offices start with a free private consultation with one of our physician injectors.

Step 2: Chin Injections Treatment

Step 1: Cleanse and Prep the Skin: First, we will ask you to remove any makeup or skincare using a facial cleansing station in our private bathrooms. Then we’ll use special antibacterial solutions to further cleanse and prep the skin in the areas we’ll be injecting in.

Step 2: Mark and Plan: Now the doctor may ask you to make a few funny faces so that they can map out your exact muscle structure and/or we might use a vein light to visualize your blood vessels. We make detailed notes in your medical chart (on our iPads) of exactly what, where, and how we’ll be injecting your fillers. Sometimes we also may markings on you – and for nonsurgical procedures, we always do this with pencils that easily is removed after the treatment.

Step 3: Numbing & Injection of Fillers: Most of these products come pre-mixed with lidocaine numbing), meaning injection generally feels like a small prick at entry and then not too much else. This numbing works very similarly to the injections of novocaine that dentists use when filling cavities – so you’ll feel some pressure and movement, but not too much else. For most patients, that alone is enough. Sometimes we also use vibrating distraction tools (you’ll likely have seen these as gold wands being used on filler patients on Instagram). The idea here is that your body can’t register 2 feelings in 1 area at the same time – so vibration overrules any pain. Finally, if you’re really nervous about this hurting, we can do a full nerve block. This works exactly like what dentists do, in that you lose full sensation for about 4-5 hours. Most people find that overkill, but it is absolutely an option we’re happy to do for you – just let us know.
The injection portion of the process should take around 10-20 minutes for the chin, depending upon how much filler we’re injecting and which techniques we’re using.

Step 4: Aftercare:Immediately after your injections in your chin, you’ll want to:

  • avoid drinking alcohol or taking blood thinners that evening to minimize the risk of bruising
  • avoid vigorous exercise or raising your blood pressure that evening to minimize the risk of bruising
  • avoid placing makeup or skincare products onto the injection points (and avoid any other contact with those injections points as well) that evening to minimize the risk of infection
  • avoid rubbing vigorously or putting pressure on your new filler for the first 24-48 hours – this means no face-down massages and be careful not to sleep with pressure on that part of your face
  • limit sun exposure and/or protect yourself from the sun, especially your injection points – you don’t have to be overly cautious with this, but any new skin trauma (even a small needle prick) can become a visible scar when not protected from the sun

Within 24-48 hours, you’ll be ready to show off your new and improved face shape!

Generally, patients find they are not swollen in a way that others would notice after chin filler injections. Bruising can occur but is usually mild (yellow or faint darkness) and generally doesn’t last more than a few days. If you would like, we do offer free laser therapy for bruises caused by filler injections at our practice – just let us know and we’ll get you right in at either location for that complimentary follow-up. Bruising or areas of whiteness, purple, blue, or other discoloration may be signs of something more serious, and you should call our office right away so we can have a doctor review your photos if this occurs.

Step 5: Maintenance: Now that you’ve invested in your new profile, you’ll want to maintain those results for as long as possible, and a cost-effective maintenance plan will be a part of ensuring your results last as long as possible.

There are really only 2 parts to maintaining the best possible chin filler results:

  1. Good skincare: because without clear, youthful-looking skin, your results won’t really be able to have the full impact they could (because other things will distract from your overall face contours).
  2. Botox to prevent chin dimpling and oral commissure tensing, if you tend to make those movements with your face repetitively.

Cost of Chin Fillers

Patients often want to know exactly what cost to expect for their procedure before scheduling their appointment – and the truth is, the best we can do is offer you some information about the price ranges to expect, because each patient’s treatment is unique, and thus the cost does vary. We provide an exact treatment plan and pricing during the free consultation, though, so you will have that information before you decide to treat with us – and you can do your treatment the same day, or schedule it for another date in the future.

Pricing for Chin Fillers Varies By Type of Filler and Number of Syringes Used

Radiesse is $750 per syringe, with most patients needing just 1 or 2 syringes for their chin.
Voluma is $1,000 per syringe, with most patients using between 1 and 4 syringes of Voluma for their chin.
Refyne and Defyne are each $750 per syringe, with most patients using 1 or 2 syringes of these for their chin.

Wondering how many syringes of filler you’ll need? We cover this in detail in this blog post.

Often patients need some combination of these – say 2 syringes of Voluma plus 1 Defyne and 1 Refyne, or 2 syringes of Radiesse plus 1 Voluma. This is why it’s so hard to quote out an exact price range.
Unlike so many of our other filler treatments, the chin doesn’t necessarily need more or less filler based on age. We’ve used 4 syringes in patients in their early 20’s and 2 inpatients in their 60’s – it’s very individualized. But this is part of the reason we do offer free consultations, so that you can get a quote for exactly what you need to reach your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Chin fillers hurt?

No – we can make this procedure very comfortable, and we do that by providing our patients with a variety of numbing options. We cover that in detail in the section above titled “Treatment Process for Chin Filler: Step by Step What to Expect.”

Can you get chin fillers?

Yes! Most people can safely have chin fillers. To find out if a specific procedure is right for you, please contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our cosmetic physicians.

How do I get rid of fillers in my chin?

Getting rid of hyaluronic acid(HA) fillers is fairly easy – we just inject hyaluronidase or hyalenex into the treated area, and they will dissolve the filler. There are 3 popular Non-HA options: Radiesse, Belotero (Do you mean Bellafill?), and Sculptra. Generally, Sculptra and Belotero Bellafill aren’t used in the chin. Belotero Bellafill cannot be dissolved or removed, and for that reason, we don’t use it very much at all at our practice – because your face changes so much as you age and it generally ends up looking unnatural over time. Sculptra is very rarely used in the chin for augmentation, but both Sculptra and Radiesse can theoretically be at least partially dissolved, though it’s less of a guarantee than an HA filler and generally a slower process. If you’d like to meet with one of our doctors to discuss your chin filler removal options, please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

How much are dermal fillers for chin?

Dermal Fillers for your chin could start at $750 and range upwards of $4,000 – this depends on which types of filler you have and how many syringes of each. We cover pricing in detail in detail in the section above entitled “Cost of Chin Fillers.”

How long do fillers last in chin?

Chin Filler is very long-lasting but the duration varies based on the individual’s metabolism, the product used, and the depth that product was placed at (movement the product will experience). Generally, Voluma or Lyft will last around 2 years. Radiesse lasts 1 year or longer. And Refyne or Defyne last around 1 year in the more superficial contours like the prejowl sulcus.

Are Chin fillers permanent?

No, the fillers we use these days aren’t permanent, and that’s a good thing because it’s unlikely that filler placed today would look natural in 20 years if it stayed exactly the same, because so much changes about our faces as we age.

What can I expect after Chin fillers?

You can expect redness and point bleeding at the injection sites, numbness in the actual injected area that will last a few hours, and very mild swelling (often described as tightness or firmness) that you feel but others would not likely notice. Bruising can occur but is usually very mild and small (yellow or greenish cast, not deep in color or large in area).
We cover this in more detail in Treatment Process section above, in the aftercare section.

What can you not do after Chin fillers?

You need to be careful within the first 24-48 hours not to raise your blood pressure, avoid blood thinners, and avoid putting excessive pressure on your filler (mashing, massaging, or squishing the filler, which might move it from its placement during this time).
We cover this in more detail in Treatment Process section above, in the aftercare section.

Cosmetic & Laser Physician at Reflections Center

Dr. Renata Wix-Harris has extensive experience as a general surgeon and work in the plastic surgery department has helped to her to become an excellent laser liposuction surgeon. She is also skilled at laser and energy-based skin therapies, injectables, and non-invasive body contouring.