A weak chin or jawline affects the proportions of the entire face. The chin and the nose are not always considered but heavily influence your facial symmetry and general appearance. It can cause a double chin, a poor side profile, and insecurities in many men and women.
At Stein Plastic Surgery, many patients enter believing they need a facelift when a chin implant provides the facial balance they seek.
What Causes a Weak Chin?
A more defined chin is often considered beautiful, strong, and attractive. Some people have weak or receding chins due to various factors, including:
Genetics plays a significant role in appearances, such as hair, eye color, and facial features. You may have inherited the shape and structure of your jaw from a parent or grandparent.
As we age, our facial features change, including the chin. Your chin’s angle may decrease, which causes reduced definition and decreased jawbone volume. As a result, the soft tissue has less support, causing a weak chin.
While many children use thumb-sucking to cope with stress, most stop around age five. Persistent and vigorous thumb-sucking throughout childhood or adulthood can alter the jawbone’s shape and move back the teeth.
Overbites are when the top teeth overlap with the bottom, causing the lower jaw to be positioned too far back. The overbite diminishes the chin.
Eating Soft Foods
Chewing food utilizes the muscles in the jaw, which increases bone remodeling. If you primarily ate soft foods in childhood, you might suffer from a weaker jawline.
What are Facial Implants?
Facial implants are soft, solid silicone placed over the jawbone to create a more striking appearance by creating facial harmony. The procedure takes 30-60 minutes under IV sedation or local anesthesia.
Dr. Stein makes a small incision under the chin and inserts the implant in front of the jawbone. Once the implant is in place, he stitches the incision closed and transfers you to an observation room. Once you are cleared, a friend or family member may drive you home.
Am I a Good Candidate for Chin Augmentation?
If you want to improve the appearance of a weak chin, you are a good candidate for chin augmentations. During your consultation, Dr. Stein will discuss your goals, expectations, and current health to determine whether you are a good candidate for facial implants.
For patients wishing for more dramatic results, many choose to add a complementary procedure such as rhinoplasty to their treatment plan.
Take the Next Step
Are you interested in a facial implant? If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (919) 261-7099, and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Stein Plastic Surgery will reach out to you promptly.
Stein Plastic Surgery is located in the Raleigh, Durham, and Southeast NC areas serving patients.