- Chin filler injections add definition to the chin and lower jawline.
- People who are concerned about dimpling in their chin, mild to moderate wrinkles, or a recessed chin may benefit from chin filler injections.
- Chin fillers are generally safe and have a low risk of side effects and adverse reactions.
- Chin fillers must be repeated periodically, but there are other, longer-lasting options like chin implants to consider.
Chin fillers are a cosmetic treatment for people who are looking to add definition to their chin or lower jawline area. A variety of injectable dermal filler materials are available to address a number of chin concerns, including a dimpled look or a recessed or “weak chin”.
What are chin fillers?
Chin fillers are injectable dermal fillers that are used to add definition and shape to the chin area and lower jawline. Dermal fillers are made from both natural and synthetic materials, then injected into facial areas that can fill in lines and smooth wrinkles.
Filler material can strengthen the lower jawline, balance the profile and augment the chin, addressing issues like a dimpled look or a recessed chin.
Best fillers for the chin area
Some of the most commonly used fillers for the chin area are hyaluronic acid (HA)-based gel fillers like Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Defyne. HA is naturally made in the body, so it has a low risk of side effects.
Juvederm results are visible immediately, though it may take a few days to see full results from Restylane. Restylane treatments last for up to 12 months, while Juvederm Voluma can last for up to two years.
Synthetic fillers like Radiesse, made with calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa), and Sculptra, made with poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), are also used to address the chin and lower jawline. While these materials last longer than HA-based fillers–nine to 15 months for Radiesse and up to two years for Sculptra.
A recent study found HA and CaHa to be both safe and effective for augmenting and defining the chin and lower jawline.
Ideal candidates for chin fillers
People over the age of 21 who would like to better define their jawline, strengthen their chin or fill in wrinkles or lines around the chin may be good candidates for chin fillers. They should be in good overall health, have no allergies or health conditions, should not smoke and should be able to take good care of their skin post-treatment.
What chin fillers can’t do
Chin fillers can’t correct severe sagging skin or wrinkles; instead, fillers are best for mild to moderate concerns. If you want more dramatic or permanent correction, getting a chin implant might be your best bet instead.
What to expect during the procedure
Chin fillers injections are similar to other dermal filler procedures. They are performed by your provider in an outpatient setting, and there is no downtime required.
First, your provider will disinfect the skin in the injection area. They will either apply a topical anesthetic such as lidocaine or inject the anesthetic before beginning your treatment. In some cases, lidocaine is already mixed into the dermal filler syringe.
You’ll be allowed to sit up while your provider injects the filler materials, and they’ll ask you to remain still. Chin and jawline fillers will require multiple injections. After the procedure, your provider may want you to check in or return for additional injections until desired results are achieved.
Chin filler treatments take 30-60 minutes to perform, including preparation time.
Do chin fillers hurt?
There will likely be minimal pressure or discomfort associated with your injection procedure. Many dermal fillers are already mixed with lidocaine, which makes the treatment more comfortable. If there isn’t already lidocaine in the syringe, your provider will apply a topical anesthetic or administer anesthetic injections to the area before treatment.
The injection site will probably feel sore for a few days after your treatment.
Chin fillers aftercare
After your treatment, be sure to avoid direct sunlight, strenuous exercise and heavy physical activity for 24-48 hours. Don’t touch the injection sites, and be sure to keep your skin clean in the treatment area. You can treat discomfort with ice packs or Tylenol.
Chin fillers results
Most chin filler results are visible immediately after treatment, except for Restylane. It takes a few days to see results from Restylane treatments.
Chin filler results are temporary, with some formulations lasting up to 2 years. If you’re unhappy with the results you get, HA-based filler can easily be reversed. Synthetic fillers could require surgery to reverse.
Safety and side effects of chin fillers
Dermal fillers are generally considered safe to use, with a relatively low risk of side effects and adverse events. Side effects, when they occur, are usually mild and only last for a few days post-treatment.
Bleeding, bruising and swelling
Minor bruising, swelling, bleeding and redness are normal after you’ve received a chin filler treatment. These side effects are more likely to occur if you take blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder.
Less common side effects of chin fillers
Some individuals experience some other, less common adverse outcomes or side effects of cheek fillers. These might include:
- Developing a sensitivity reaction post-procedure (sometimes long after it’s over)
- Infections, which good skin hygiene may prevent
- Allergic reactions to lidocaine or dermal fillers; allergy testing before treatment can help you avoid this
- Nerve damage as a result of incorrect placement of the injection, which may cause numbness or pain
- Damage to the skin as a result of poor injection technique; incorrect filler placement can cause tissue death (necrosis) and other skin damage
- Bumps, lumps, or asymmetrical areas (which may be caused by a provider with inadequate experience)
Chin fillers gone bad
It’s possible to experience a bad outcome of chin fillers, such as an overfilled or unnatural-looking chin. Selecting a board-certified provider with extensive experience administering chin filler injections will give you your best chances for a satisfying outcome.
Remember, HA-based chin fillers can be reversed if you’re not happy with the results. HA fillers are also more consistent than synthetic. Synthetic fillers are more likely to migrate from the original injection site, forming bumps, lumps or uneven areas. It’s also more difficult to reverse any filler other than HA–and doing so may require surgery.
How much do chin fillers cost?
Costs of dermal fillers depend on the material used and the number of syringes required–plus your provider’s fees and location. You’ll also want to factor in an estimate of how often you’ll need to repeat the treatments.
|Chin Filler Brand||Type of Filler||Cost Range Per Syringe||How long does it last?|
|Juvederm Voluma XC||HA||$1,000||Up to 2 years|
|Restylane Defyne||HA||$895||Up to 12 months|
|Sculptra||PLLA||$700-1000||Up to 2 years|
Chin fillers aren’t covered by insurance because they’re considered to be cosmetic treatments. You’ll need to pay out of pocket for the procedure, but your provider may offer financing options to help you cover the cost.
If chin filler injections aren’t for you, there are alternative procedures that may help correct issues around your chin and jawline. There are other treatments and approaches that might help you achieve the results you’re looking for.
Chin implant surgery
Chin implant surgery is a permanent solution to chin-related concerns like recessed chin and dimpling. However, it’s more invasive and more expensive than chin filler injections, costing an average of $2,269. If you’re unhappy with your results, a chin implant may be removed, but you’ll require a second surgery to do so.
Facelift surgery or skin tightening procedures
Facelift surgeries can help to address severe jowls and are longer-lasting than many other approaches. But like chin implants, they’re more costly and have a higher risk of side effects and adverse reactions. The average cost of facelift surgery is $7,655.
Skin tightening procedures might be ideal for someone looking to address wrinkles or other mild to moderate signs of aging on or around the chin and lower jawline. These approaches include ablative and nonablative laser skin resurfacing, radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening and ultrasound skin tightening.
How to select a provider
To select a provider for chin filler injections, choose a provider you feel comfortable with, and who is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialists. If you want, you can interview your prospective provider to find out more about their experience injecting the chin filler you’re interested in. Request before and after images of satisfied patients to see what sort of results the provider gets.
Like other dermal filler injections, chin fillers are generally safe and minimally invasive. Chin fillers can add definition to your lower jawline and strengthen your chin, balancing your profile. HA-based chin fillers are a great option, and they’re easily reversible if you’re not happy with your results.
To get the best results, select a provider who has extensive experience injecting chin fillers. Spend time considering whether a filler injection is best for you, or if you might benefit more in the long run from a more invasive, one-time procedure like a chin implant.