WHAT ARE CHIN WRINKLES?
Chin Wrinkles, aka Mental Creases, or Labiomental Sulcus, is the horizontal crease underneath your lower lip and above your chin. This chin crease is formed by the chin’s mental muscle and can be a single groove of varying depths, or in some people, may appear as multiple wrinkles or folds.
Deep or prominent mental creases are not harmful, but some may find them aesthetically unwanted. More defined mental creases tend to create shadows on the chin which can make it appear larger. Additionally, deep lines formed by the mental crease can exaggerate the appearance of aging.
There are numerous and effective ways to both minimize and correct an overly prominent mental crease.
The appearance of a deep mental crease can be genetic in origin, the result of the natural shape of your chin, or related to the alignment of your jaw and teeth. A mental crease can become exaggerated with age as collagen and the structure it provides begins to fade.
Repetitious muscle movements, especially pouting, can create wrinkles or deepen grooves along the mental crease. With age comes the decline of elastin, causing these wrinkles to become more consistently visible. Enlargement of the chin muscles, due to genetics or years of facial expression, can also deepen the mental crease.
Deep mental creases before the age of 30 could signal a genetic disorder. Normally, chin creases are not of aesthetic concern until after the age of 40.
WHAT ARE MY CHIN WRINKLES TREATMENT OPTIONS?
1. Neuromodulators – Subtle changes, non-permanent results
Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin act in a similar way. These types of injectables are often the primary go-to for minimizing the chin crease before more dramatic solutions are applied.
Neuromodulators paralyze the muscles of the chin, to prevent the mental crease from forming during certain facial expressions. Therefore, these methods work best if your mental crease is the result of facial expression, or if you’re seeking subtle change.
Neuromodulators are non-permanent, meaning you’ll have to receive repeated treatments for best results.
2. Dermal Fillers – More pronounced changes, longer lasting results
When Botox doesn’t meet your needs, dermal fillers such as Restylane or Belotero can be used on their own or in combination with Botox for a more dramatic result.
Dermal fillers work by filling the area under the chin wrinkle with a gel-like substance for a smoother chin contour. If your chin wrinkle is present even when your face is relaxed, this might be the best solution for you.
Dermal fillers are more permanent than Botox injections. While some fillers last nearly a year a fillers treatment is still not considered permanent.
3. Chin Augmentation – Dramatic changes, permanent results
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure (chin implant) and is the most dramatic solution to a mental crease. However, may not be the best solution for everyone.
Chin implants typically bring the chin forward to fix weak or small jawlines. For some, this increased chin projection can actually deepen the mental crease. Only a skilled surgeon can determine if chin augmentation is the correct solution for you.
DO CHIN WRINKLES TREATMENTS WORK?
Fillers are a quick and effective treatment that can enhance your cheeks, smooth any lines, and make your skin look more youthful. Cheek fillers are not too expensive, and it’s a quick procedure that shouldn’t interrupt your life.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A CHIN WRINKLES TREATMENT?
Everyone’s different, but most patients come in because their cheeks and/or the sides of their face have lost some volume, causing their entire face to look a bit droopy. Cheek fillers do the job of lifting those sunken areas.
HOW LONG DOES A CHIN WRINKLES TREATMENT LAST?
This depends on several factors, but predominantly, the type of filler used and how much of it is injected. Some cheek fillers can last six to 12 months, while others can last potentially for years.
HOW MUCH DOES CHIN WRINKLES TREATMENT COST?
It depends mostly on where you are in the country and the type of HA filler you get. Fillers can cost you anywhere from $300-$1200 per syringe. Some patients may need several syringes, while others might just need a very subtle treatment.
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CHIN WRINKLES PROCEDURE PREP
Before your treatment session, our specialist will discuss what to expect during your treatment. However, it is helpful to remember that there are a few things to take into consideration before your session:
- At least three to four days before your procedure, discontinue anti-inflammatory medications.
- One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue any blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins.
- One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue systematic steroids
- At least one month before your procedure, stop steroid injections
- On the day of your procedure, eat a full, healthy breakfast and be sure to drink plenty of water
- Please be advised that if you take chronic oral steroids, a discontinuation plan will need to be discussed with your primary care provider as abrupt stoppage may cause side effects.
CHIN WRINKLES AFTERCARE
After your treatment session, we recommend that all patients rest on the day of their procedure. We advise limited use of the treatment area for the next two days, but some movement is encouraged. Limited use helps the joint recover as the treatment is absorbed by the area’s surrounding tissues.
0 – 3 days post-procedure guidelines.
- After your treatment, there is a chance you’ll experience some mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. Discomfort is normal, and it is a sign that your body is healing as it adjusts to the treatment.
- It is best to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help promote healing.
- You mustn’t take ANY medications following your procedure unless specifically directed otherwise by a physician. NO medicine is a must because any drug can affect the healing process or other adverse effects.
Therefore, discontinue use of any of these medications post-procedure for best results:
- Anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks post-procedure
- Blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins for 3-4 days post-procedure
- Systematic steroids for two weeks post-procedure
- Other important guidelines to follow after your procedure are:
- Avoid applying ice or heat to the injection site for the first 72 hours post-procedure
- Don’t take a hot bath or go to a sauna for the first few days post-procedure
- Avoid consumption of any alcoholic beverages for the first week post-procedure
- Avoid showering for the first 24 hours following your procedure
- Limit caffeine consumption for the first week post-procedure
- Avoid smoking
3 – 14 days post-procedure guidelines.
- At this point in your healing, you should gradually increase your daily activities
- 3 to 14 days is also when you can begin exercises. Proper exercise is a vital part of long-term results, and we can help you determine which exercises are best suited for your needs before your procedure.
- Ice can be applied 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes as needed for comfort
- Anti-inflammatory medications (such as Tylenol) can be taken to help manage any residual pain at this time, take as directed
- Continue to avoid alcoholic beverages, smoking, or excessive amounts of caffeine
3 – 4 weeks post-procedure guidelines.
- We highly encourage you to begin physical therapy to aid in your long-term healing and continued recovery at this point in your healing.
- A follow-up appointment will be made for you to meet with our physician to review your healing process. You must keep this follow-up visit even if your recovery is going well.
- If there are any adjustments to your customized treatment plan, this is when our physician will be able to make those decisions
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