Balance is key in all things aesthetically-pleasing and beautiful. When things aren’t balanced, it can cause other features to receive more attention than they ought to or create an undesirable look. Cheeks that are too flat may make the nose appear far more pronounced than it is, or the lips may overshadow a chin that’s lacking definition. In a sense, a face with symmetrical, proportional qualities is more likely to be pleasing to the eye. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Still, for many people, their own appearance can potentially be harming their self-confidence, preventing them from believing they have beautiful qualities. Thankfully, it’s possible to alter the face’s features to make them more attractive, ultimately accentuating all facets of the face.

One way to do this is with non-surgical chin and cheek augmentations, treatments that involve using dermal fillers to add volume where it’s needed and redefine facial contours. Offered at Ridenour Plastic Surgery, these treatments allow patients to reshape the cheeks or chin to create a naturally-flattering appearance that balances and complements their unique facial features. If you’re a resident of St. Louis, MO, and are unsatisfied with the appearance of your cheeks or chin, please contact us at (314) 501-7946 or by visiting our contact page.

What Is Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation?

Many people who aren’t satisfied with their chin have what’s known as a ‘weak chin’ – a small chin that can make their profile appear unflattering. Non-surgical chin augmentation is an option for those who are looking to correct this, but can also restore volume in the chin, rid the chin of wrinkles, or create a more symmetrical appearance that aligns with your natural features. A non-surgical chin augmentation can lessen the appearance of a double chin and contribute to a stronger, more elegant jawline.

This can be accomplished using dermal fillers, a treatment more commonly used to address lines and wrinkles on various parts in the face or hands. When used in larger quantities on the chin, however, dermal fillers can be utilized to enhance its size or alter its shape for a more attractive and balanced look. Dermal fillers usually consist of hyaluronic acid, a substance produced naturally by the skin that has a plumping effect. A non-surgical chin augmentation is perfect for those wary of undergoing a surgical procedure for a chin implant.

What Is Non-Surgical Cheek Augmentation?

Like non-surgical chin augmentation, non-surgical cheek augmentation utilizes dermal fillers to plump the area, which is shaped and contoured for a flattering appearance. Sometimes the cheeks naturally appear gaunt or sunken in, but in many cases, the aging process can take a toll and cause the cheeks to fall flat. Regardless of the cause, it can be disheartening when sunken cheeks make someone appear far older than they are, or look tired and unhealthy. With non-surgical cheek augmentation, you can restore your cheeks for a more defined look that’s vibrant and energetic.

Traditional cheek augmentation typically involves making an incision from inside the mouth and into the cheek, where a silicone implant is inserted. This method can be potentially restrictive because there are limited sizes and shapes of implants.

Surgical implants should always be performed to lessen the risk of this outcome. With non-surgical cheek augmentation, patients can have their cheeks contoured to precisely how they want and based on their features, without having to worry about incisions or finicky implants. Non-surgical cheek augmentation is a reliable option for those seeking to boost their beauty and make their cheeks a standout facial feature.

Often, cheek augmentation is combined with chin augmentation to create a look that’s more defined. Flat cheeks and a ‘weak’ chin are facial features that can affect the way someone perceives you, whether it be a coworker, friends or family. These two nonsurgical procedures can help you achieve the look you want, and when combined, cheek and chin augmentation can create beautiful results that’ll enhance the entire face.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Cheek or Chin Augmentation?

Patients with the following are ideal candidates for non-surgical chin augmentation:

  • Want to make a receding chin more prominent
  • Desire to increase the size of a small chin
  • Need to add more definition to their jawline
  • No longer want a double chin

Patients desiring a non-surgical cheek augmentation with the following make great candidates:

  • Sunken, flat or gaunt-looking cheeks
  • Want more definition in their cheekbones
  • Desire more symmetry for the sides of their face
  • Have shadows beneath their eyes because of cheeks lacking definition

Non-surgical cheek and chin augmentations are quick, simple and minimally-invasive procedures. They work well for men and women of any skin tone or type. Patients considering either treatment should be in relatively good health, be a non-smoker (or be willing to quit smoking before and after their procedure for a healthy recovery) and be tolerant of a small amount of risk. During an initial consultation with Dr. Ridenour, your goals will be reviewed, and the amount of dermal filler needed to achieve your desired outcome will be determined. You can also expect a review of your medical history and currently prescribed medications to ensure a safe procedure.

You should be aware that these two procedures can only sculpt new contours by increasing the size of the treated area and do not remove unwanted or excess tissue. You should also have realistic goals. While non-surgical cheek or chin augmentation can create drastic results, it’s best to have the number of dermal filler injections best suited for your other features. A chin or cheeks that are too large could appear awkward and potentially have a negative effect on the overall symmetry of your face.

Your Non-Surgical Chin or Cheek Augmentation Procedure

The treatment process for non-surgical chin and cheek augmentation are generally the same, but differ in what part of the face they’re being performed on. The treatments are generally painless, but Dr. Ridenour can apply a topical anesthetic cream to help mitigate any discomfort, if desired. However, depending on which dermal filler is used, it may already be formulated with lidocaine, a numbing agent, which will help reduce pain. Slight pressure may be experienced during each injection, but shouldn’t be anything to worry about. The procedure’s goal is to make you look as beautiful as possible while ensuring you have a comfortable experience during the process.

Dr. Ridenour will expertly inject the dermal filler via a fine needle in select locations that’ll produce the best results. How many injections you receive is dependent on how much work is needed and if you’re having your chin and cheek performed at the same time. As the dermal filler is injected, Dr. Ridenour will massage and mold it – shaping it to your desired results. The entire procedure typically takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how much augmentation is needed.

Your Non-Surgical Chin or Cheek Augmentation Results

After the procedure, you may notice some swelling and redness in the treated area. This is completely normal and nothing to be alarmed about. Typically, these minor side effects go away after one week. Bruising may also occur but goes away after several days. You can return home and resume daily activities immediately after treatment.

You should notice results right after your procedure. The chin will be more defined, and the cheeks more voluptuous. As a result, you’ll appear more youthful and ready to take on the world. You should be aware that even though results will be noticeable, it can take several days until they fully develop. This is because it can take some time until the cheeks or chin settle into their new look, and for bruising and swelling not to affect the appearance. How long your results last depends on how quickly the body metabolizes the dermal filler. Usually, results last for anywhere from one to two years. Patients are encouraged to have subsequent treatments performed if they wish to maintain their desired look.

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When the chin is small or ‘weak’ looking, it can affect all other features of the face – by making the nose appear far larger than it is. Or if the cheeks lack definition, issues can arise, such as a dull and tired look or an overall droopy-looking image. By correcting a chin that isn’t particularly noticeable or adding volume to the cheeks, you can potentially improve all facets of the face. Non-surgical chin and cheek augmentation are excellent procedures that can boost one’s self-confidence by adding more symmetry to the face, creating an image that’s more harmonious and flattering.

Dr. Ridenour is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in facial aesthetics. With a particular knowledge in injectable treatments, he can artfully mold your chin or cheek into an appearance that’ll significantly enhance all of your other facial features. If you’re a resident of St. Louis, MO, or surrounding communities, and you’ve been struggling with facial features that seem disproportionate, we encourage you to give us a call to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at (314) 501-7946 or our contact page.

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