Botulinum Toxin for the Chin Area
Chin shape can be improved with chin implants which may be temporary or long lasting.
Sometimes the chin can appear undeveloped. Enhancing the chin to a more normal size can make the facial appearance stronger and often more appealing.
The first step is to have dermal fillers like Juvederm which are temporary, lasting upto two years. If you like the shape and want something more long term you can have a perpetual chin implant placed by a plastic surgeon.
The male chin is important as it often conveys "strength". A small chin is often descibed as a "weak" chin. The chin shape can be easily enhanced by using dermal fillers like Juvederm or for those wanting a longer term solution a chin implant can be placed a plastic surgeon.
In some cases a bigger operation is needed as the whole lower jaw (mandible) is not fully developed which can give the appearance of having a small chin.
The chin crease in women is caused by an overactive mentalis muscle which sits under the chin.
This is treated with Botulinum toxin to relax the tension on the muscle and by direct injection of dermal fillers under the chin crease to lift and smooth the line. Sometimes the activity of the mentalis muscle can cause a "popply chin" and again this is treated with Botulinum toxin.
The chin crease in men can be very deep if the chin is prominent. This can be softened by placing Botulinum toxin in the mentalis muscle or injecting under the chin crease with dermal fillers.
Botox and Dysport are Prescription Medicines containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies. Note: Botox and Dysport treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.
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