Radiesse for Chin Rejuvenation Treatment
- Medical Community Member - September 4th 2018
- General Public
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your chin, you may want to consider changing its look with a dermal filler treatment. Read on to find out how chin enhancement (or mentum augmentation, medically speaking) can be attained with the use of Radiesse.
How fillers can help create the ideal chin
The chin, while itself an important aesthetic element, is also vital when considering a global approach to facial rejuvenation. Treating the chin usually entails increasing its projection in order to improve jawline definition and the side profile of the face. In addition, some female patients may benefit from a pointier chin in order to achieve the desired oval or V-shaped jaw. Mentum augmentation can also have positive benefits to other structures of the lower face, as it can diminish marionette lines and balance the face in accordance with Steiner’s line—which holds that in a well-balanced face, the lips should touch an imaginary line drawn from the contour of the chin to the middle of the “S” formed by the subnasal and nasal tip.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a dermal filler that replaces volume and stimulates the growth of collagen. The primary ingredient in Radiesse is calcium hydroxylapatite, a biodegradable material that stimulates fibroblast activity in order to produce collagen at the treated site. The process by which Radiesse induces neocollagenesis is non-inflammatory insomuch that no foreign body response is involved. Instead, Radiesse behaves like a scaffold upon which collagen can be deposited. As Radiesse degrades, the new collagen extends the corrective effects originally provided by the filler.
Professional Tips: Radiesse for chin
When evaluating the face in order to mark out important anatomical features for treatment planning, it is recommended that the patient be positioned in the Frankfurt plane so that the top of the ear canal and the bottom border of the eye all lie in the same horizontal plane, as the chin area can appear markedly different if the patient is lying down.
Radiesse can be used for the correction of defects of the pre-jowl sulcus, which are the areas adjacent to either side of the chin, and for mentum augmentation more generally. A multi-level approach is usually utilized for such treating the pre-jowl sulcus. With this approach, Radiesse is placed in both the deep submuscular plane at the periosteum and at the subdermal/dermal junction. Using a cannula is recommended for this procedure. For mentum augmentation, the cannula can be inserted in a point of entry at the pre-jowl sulcus and can proceed to the planes of treatment. After the proper depth has been reached, place Radiesse until sufficient projection has been achieved. After the administration of Radiesse is complete, the area can be shaped and moulded by physical manipulation to achieve the desired form. This will help avoid inadvertently causing the “witches chin” deformity.
Take some precautions when treating this area. For one, when injecting into the periosteum, ensure the proper depth of injection, as the product may be visible or surface at the lower gingival sulcus. The chin is in close proximity to certain major blood vessels, such as the submental artery and facial vein, and to the inferior alveolar nerve, so be careful to avoid injection into these structures in order to minimize discomfort and potential complications.
Radiesse’s highly volumizing properties makes it a suitable filler for enhancing the chin. Using dermal fillers to mould and shape the chin can be a highly effective means of improving the patient’s overall aesthetic appearance.