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A Permanent Chin "Implant" Without Surgery

Posted: 9:54 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: My receding chin makes my nose appear bigger on profile. I am on a blood thinner and don’t want surgery. Is there a non-surgical way to improve my profile?

Answer: Surgical chin implants are limited in the degree of augmentation. The reason is that chin implants can not only increase chin projection on profile, but also can make the chin and face look longer on front view. The chin can even appear too wide or masculine, requiring removal of the implant. Chin implants also involve surgery — typically general anesthesia — and risk of infection.

Unlike surgical chin implants, injectable fillers can be sculpted to give the desired shape, projection, width and length to the chin. They range from short-term Radiesse, lasting up to a year; to Sculptra, which can last 2½ years; and Bellafill®, which can be permanent.

Most patients prefer a permanent solution such as Bellafill®. Some patients, however, opt to start with a temporary option to see how they like the look of their new chin before going with a permanent filler.

Unlike the downside of surgical chin implants, injectable fillers are less invasive and allow more precision over the shape and size of the chin. With newer injectable fillers on the market such as Bellafill®, chin augmentation can be a safe and long-lasting procedure without surgery.


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