Chin Fillers

(Juvéderm | Restylane | Belotero)

Chin fillers can augment a weak chin profile, restore volume that’s been lost to aging, fill in a cleft, balance facial features, and create more definition between your face and neck. Typically made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the skin, chin fillers are a nonsurgical, temporary alternative to a permanent chin implant. Fillers commonly used for the chin include Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero. 

What it Is

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like substance that is found naturally in the body. It’s used to “plump up” skin, adding volume to places like the cheeks and smoothing out wrinkles, especially around the eyes, lips, and forehead.

What They Can Do

  • Chin fillers can create a more defined chin and balance your facial features.

  • They can create minor and subtle tweaks to the appearance of your chin rather than a significant cosmetic change.

  • They offer a temporary change for people who aren’t ready to commit to a chin implant. 

  • Chin fillers are dramatically less expensive than a chin implant (though over time, multiple filler treatments could add up to more).  

  • The procedure is noninvasive, with a much quicker recovery time than chin implant surgery.

  • If you don’t like the results of your hyaluronic acid-based filler, Hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve it.  

​What They Can Not Do

 

  • Fillers aren’t permanent, so you’ll need additional treatments to maintain your look.

  • Results are typically subtle, so you may not be completely satisfied.

Procedure

Your provider will first determine how many syringes you’ll need to achieve your goals. Most providers start out with a conservative number of injections, especially if this is your first time getting chin fillers. 

Then they’ll apply a numbing cream before injecting the filler into your chin, creating a more defined chin and jawline. 

The entire procedure generally takes 10–30 minutes, depending on how much filler is needed. Most patients say they feel slight pressure while the filler is injected, but it shouldn’t be painful. 

Afterward, you may have some minor swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the injection sites. 

Most doctors recommend avoiding strenuous activity for the first 24–48 hours after getting chin fillers. Try not to apply too much pressure to your chin during this time, to avoid displacement of the filler. 

Cost

Average Cost    $950
Price Range    $250 - $2,100

Your cost will depend on the number of syringes you need, your provider’s level of experience, and their practice location. You’ll also want to factor in additional treatments to maintain your results.

Safety precautions


While facial fillers are generally safe, taking these steps can help ensure your safety:

  • Use a licensed, well-trained, and experienced medical professional (an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon) to inject the filler.

  • Have the procedure done in a medical setting, not in someone’s home or at a mall kiosk.

  • Ask the provider about their experience with the particular type of filler you have chosen. The more experience they have with the product, the better.

  • Don’t purchase fillers online. Only get them from a medical provider.

  • Fillers should be in unopened and properly labeled syringes. Inspect the syringe to make sure.

  • Make sure that the filler being used is FDA-approved for that purpose.

  • Be aware of the risks and potential side effects.

  • Read the filler ingredients and don’t have it injected if you know you have an allergy to any of the filler’s components (e.g., collagen).

  • Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you take. Some may interact with the ingredients in the fillers or can affect your blood’s ability to clot.

Side Effects

Common side effects


According to the AAD, the following side effects — which tend to occur around the injection site — can be immediate, but usually

 

clear within 7 to 14 days:

  • redness

  • swelling

  • pain

  • bruising

  • itching

  • rash


Rare side effects


While less common, you should be aware of the following side effects:

  • infection

  • leakage of the filler through the injection site

  • nodules around the injection site, which may need to be surgically removed

  • granulomas, a type of inflammatory reaction to the filler

  • movement of the filler from one area to another

  • injury to blood vessels

  • blindness, which occurs when the filler gets injected into an artery, blocking blood flow to the eyes

  • tissue death, again due to blocked blood flow

Results​

 

You’ll see more volume immediately after your treatment, and your final results will be apparent within a few weeks, once any swelling has subsided. Most hyaluronic acid-based fillers last 6–12 months before they’re metabolized by your body. 

 

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