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Weak Chin

In most cases a weak or receding chin is genetic, so some people are just born with a lack of “projection” in the chin area. Anatomically the shape of the chin is affected not only by the bone structure but by the fatty chin pad at its tip. This means that a receding chin can also develop with age, as a result of the degradation of fat and bone tissue. A weak or receding chin means there is less definition in your jaw line and can make your face look out of proportion. As such, a better-structured chin can make a dramatic difference to the facial profile.

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What causes a weak chin?

In most cases a weak or receding chin is genetic, so some people are just born with a lack of “projection” in the chin area. Anatomically the shape of the chin is affected not only by the bone structure but by the fatty chin pad at its tip. This means that a receding chin can also develop with age, as a result of the degradation of fat and bone tissue. A weak or receding chin means there is less definition in your jaw line and can make your face look out of proportion. As such, a better-structured chin can make a dramatic difference to the facial profile.

How to get a stronger chin without surgery?

Dermal fillers have become a popular option for creating balance in the chin without the need for surgery. The safest type of dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a non-permanent substance that is naturally found in our bodies and breaks down over time. Fillers can add shape and definition to a weak chin and contour the jawline to improve the appearance of the chin. They can add projection to a flat chin or make a small chin larger with results lasting for up to 24 months, depending on the product used.

Receding chin surgery cost?

Surgery to address a receding or weak chin is usually done by inserting an implant into the chin. Another technique is known as a “sliding genioplasty” which involves reshaping and repositioning the lower jaw bones. As with all surgical procedures costs will depend on the surgeon performing the procedure and how complex the surgery is but the average costs for corrective chin surgery is around £3,500.

What beard shape should I use to cover up a weak chin?

Beards are definitely back in fashion and have been some time and are used by many men to disguise a weak chin. Any type of beard can hide a weak chin. The fuller the beard, the less visible the shape of the chin will be, however, even a goatee can “fill out” the area and add a bit more shape and definition.

Can Invisalign help with a weak chin?

Sometimes a weak chin is caused by the structure of the jaw which is effected by the positioning of your teeth. Jaw re-positioning can be performed, however, this is a very different procedure to having braces. Invisible braces like Invisalign are designed to re-position the teeth by a few millimetres to give balance and structure to the teeth so they are unlikely to impact your profile or appearance of your chin much.

Will filler help my chin?

Yes. In most cases, dermal fillers can offer a good alternative to surgery for those with a weak or receding chin. Not everyone will be suitable for treatment so you will need to consult with a medical practitioner who offers chin enhancement using fillers to see if you are a suitable candidate.  As in other areas of the face, dermal fillers can be used to add shape and definition to the chin and to enhance the natural profile by adding projection to a flat or receding chin.

Will braces help my receding chin?

Braces can certainly help as part of an overall treatment plan but in most cases treatment targeted specifically at the chin would be necessary to yield noticeable results.

Can I get implants in my chin and jaw?

Chin implants can be used to improve the shape and appearance of a weak or receding chin. They work by replicating the fat pad that would add projection, balance and definition to the area in someone with a strong chin. The implant is usually inserted through the mouth and the procedure takes around one hour.


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I have been considering chin and mandibular implants for years, for a more masculine look. I would much rather of course have fillers – is there a filler you recommend to give the most solid, long-lasting and natural result compared to facial...

Hi, there's a variety of fillers that could help you here, the sort that are firmer, with a higher lifting capacity, so they keep their shape when they're used for structural reshaping of, say, the jaw and chin. Find a great practitioner in your area, and have a consultation with them about what they'd do and how they'd do it and which fillers they use. Different practitioners prefer different brands for different reasons, but all the brands have fillers that can give the effects you're looking for, when used by a skilled injector....

Posting on behalf of my beautiful 65yo mum. Despite good skincare she has jowls, a drooping chin and a “turkey” neck. She has an autoimmune disorder, so Drs won’t do injections on her. What other tweakments could she look into, please?

When you have an autoimmune condition, tweakments aren't necessarily off the cards. Many practitioners are happy to treat patients with autoimmune conditions BUT they will want a thorough consultation with your mum first; it might be possible to have injectables such as filler at times when her condition is well under control (but not when she's had any flare-ups). Same for other treatments like radiofrequency microneedling, which can help with jowls and slack skin. Her best bet is to set up a consultation with a great practitioner in her area who will listen and talk her through suitable and safe options....

I have lumps under the surface of my skin (lower jaw area from Radiesse filler, which have become more pronounced. I have that this filler cannot be removed. Please can you advise?

Hiya, editor Georgia here answering on Alice's behalf. I'm sorry to hear this.You're right – Radiesse is a type of collagen-stimulating filler that can't be dissolved. How long ago did you have treatment? Lumps can occur immediately following injection but should settle after around four weeks. If it's been longer than this, unfortunately you'll have to wait until the filler is absorbed by your body, which can take up to 18 months. If they're really troubling you they can be surgically removed. I'd suggest following up with your practitioner and asking for a referral.

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