Through the ages, facial beauty has been characterized by balance. Contours along the jawline and across the cheeks balanced out the projection of the nose and chin. Based on contouring, a person may be perceived in a certain way. Much like frown lines can make a person seem angry all the time, a chin that does not match the same projection as the nose gives the illusion of weakness. “Weak chin, weak personality.” It’s not a correlation that we like to make but it exists nonetheless. People whose chin is somewhat recessed knows what we’re talking about. Rather than focus on the detrimental effects of a chin that does not protrude in proportion with the rest of the face, we like to focus on correcting this structural problem.
There are two ways to correct weak contours in the cheek and chin areas: implants or injections. Many people prefer the latter. Chin and cheek implants were the norm before the development of soft tissue fillers. This left a lot of people on the sidelines either due to cost or apprehension about having a foreign object implanted into the face. Implants are not permanent but they do not dissolve on their own. If a problem were to develop or a person decided they no longer like the look of their implant, a second surgery would be needed to remove the silicone devices.
In our Chicago office, we perform cheek and chin augmentation using Juvéderm Voluma. This hyaluronic acid dermal filler was initially approved specifically for cheek enhancement. The FDA has now expanded its approval for use in the chin. Fillers offer significant advantages in accomplishing these objectives. First, being nonsurgical, fillers do not require anesthesia nor does this technique carry the same risks as chin or cheek implants. Second, there is no downtime. Third, fillers provide immediate results. This is one of the most valuable aspects of dermal filler treatment for cheek and chin augmentation because the injector can see the changes in real-time. There is no guesswork. Also, patients get immediate gratification. Finally, the results of Voluma are known to last at least two years. According to studies by Allergan, more than 75% of people injected with Voluma continue to feel satisfied with their results BEYOND two years.
Facial contouring can have a profound effect on appearance. To perfect your facial contours with nonsurgical cheek or chin augmentation, call (312) 266-6240 and schedule a visit to our Chicago office.