Do You Need Cheek & Chin Contouring?
The cheeks and chin are key areas of the face, and when they lack definition, you may feel that your face has a “soft” appearance. Some of our San Francisco Bay Area facial contouring patients complain of having a “babyface,” or a lack of angularity that makes them appear heavier. If you’d like a more prominent chin and cheekbones, dermal fillers can be used to shape the face and create definition and attractive contours.
Cheek & Chin Contouring Zones
- Treatment Area 1: Cheekbone
- Treatment Area 2: Chin
- Treatment Area 3: Facial Slimming
Our Solution: Cheek & Chin Contouring With Fillers
At Mabrie Facial Institute, we specialize in cheek and chin contouring to sculpt attractive contours for these key facial areas and define the outline of the face. We use dermal fillers such as Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft, RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM®, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA®.
Considerations for the Cheekbones
Cheekbones are the defining structures of the upper face, and high, pronounced cheekbones have historically been associated with attractive faces. The prominence of your cheekbones is a factor of the ratio of your zygomatic bone and the surrounding soft tissue (cheek skin and fat). If the most prominent part of your cheek is the area beneath the cheekbone, your cheeks will appear bottom-heavy.
Bottom-heavy cheeks contribute to a rounder face shape, and can be caused by genetically flat zygomatic bones, enlarged masseters, or enlarged parotid glands. In the case of the latter 2 conditions, we can combine cheekbone and chin contouring with jawline enhancement and/or facial slimming with neuromodulators.
Many women create the illusion of prominent cheekbones by using contouring makeup and highlighter. There are also surgical options, such as cheek implants, but nonsurgical contouring offers many advantages, including superior customization.
Considerations for the Chin
The chin anchors the bottom portion of the face, making it the counterpart to the cheeks, which define the upper midface. When contouring the chin, there are numerous factors to consider, including chin projection, chin strength, and the proportion and overall shape of the chin.
Projection refers to how much the chin protrudes from the face, and is primarily determined by the underlying bone and fat. A chin that does not project forward in harmony with your other facial features can cause discordance, sometimes causing other features such as lips or nose, to appear over projected. When a chin lacks projection, it can appear shadowed, rather than illuminated.
Sometimes chin projection is restricted by an overactive mentalis muscle, which we can treat with a neuromodulator such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. This is best left in the hands of an experienced injector, because if the neuromodulator is placed too wide, the patient’s smile may be affected. If a hyperactive mentalis muscle is untreated with a neuromodulator, the chin will remain underprojected regardless of the addition of dermal filler.
The width of the chin can influence the masculinity or femininity of the face. Wider chins are considered more masculine, while narrower chins are considered feminine. By shaping chin contours with filler, a wide, flat chin can be made to look more narrow, and a narrow chin can be broadened.
Chin height is determined by bone structure. A small chin that is short in height can take away from the length of the face, causing it to appear more round or square-shaped.
Real Patient Examples
What can be addressed with cheek and chin contouring?
The cheeks are an ideal area to add contour to the face. Contoured cheekbones create structure and frame upper facial shape. When we enhance the cheekbone with subtle volume, we create facial definition ensuring that the most prominent part of the cheek is the cheekbone. The results de-emphasizing bottom-heavy cheeks and create proportional V-shape.
Chiseled or softly contoured, the chin anchors the lower face. A small or under-projected chin can make the face appear round, lacking definition, and contribute to a weak jawline. Fillers can create projection, shape, and help define the lower face shape. Results are customized from subtle to amplified to create a projected, masculine chin with angled contours or a soft, feminine, V-shape chin, or anything in-between.
Cheek & Chin With Slimming Enhancer
The facial slimming enhancer is an excellent addition to the Cheek & Chin Contouring procedure. Using neuromodulators like BOTOX or Dysport, we can slim bottom-heavy cheeks adding additional contour. Slimming the bottom of the cheeks can reshape the face and make the cheekbones “pop” further enhancing contour. This enhancer add-on accentuates Cheek & Chin Contouring results.
Your Cheek & Chin Contouring Procedure
At Mabrie Facial Institute, cheekbones are sculpted to provide facial structure and shape that is proportionate to the other facial features, creating balance and harmony without looking overdone or obvious. And our experienced injectors carefully sculpt the chin in all 3 dimensions: projection, height, and width. We correct asymmetry, and meticulously blend chin augmentation with the adjacent jawline to create a natural appearance. We stage all of this over 2 (or more) appointments for optimal results and satisfaction.
Our skilled injectors place cheek fillers along the zygoma (cheekbone) to shape and form the outer cheekbone prominence along the upper midface. If filler is placed too low on the face, it can create a bottom-heavy appearance. We carefully select the products we use, choosing different consistencies for different contouring effects.
For the chin, fillers are placed along the mandible (jawbone). The width, height, and projection of the chin can be modified depending on the type, amount, and location of filler placement. For the maximal chin projection, neuromodulator may be applied to the mentalis muscle when appropriate.
At your refinement appointment, scheduled 1 to 3 months after your initial appointment, we carefully evaluate the new contours of your cheeks and chin. Since all swelling has subsided, we can see clearly where we need to layer on more filler for optimal contours. We are careful not to place too much filler at the first appointment because it can tend to pool or spread. The second appointment is our opportunity to build and “stack” more filler onto the foundation laid at the first appointment. This is how we achieve the amazing definition and contours our patients love.
For more about what to expect, visit Your Treatment Timeline.
Cheek & Chin Contouring Pricing
|CHEEK & CHIN CONTOURING||PRICE|
|Injector | Dr. Mabrie, MD||$4,500|
|Injector | Kimberly, PA-C / Tiffany, PA-C||$3,500|
To learn more, visit our Fees & Financing page.
The Team at
Mabrie Facial Institute
Our team is made up of experienced medical professionals with a shared passion for facial rejuvenation and contouring with injectables. Hand-picked and trained by Dr. Mabrie in the Illumination 360° approach, they work with you to create a treatment experience that exceeds your expectations.
We’d Love To See You
If you are interested in learning more about contouring your cheeks and chin with fillers, request a consultation online with one of the specialists at Mabrie Facial Institute or call us at (415) 445-9513 to schedule your initial appointment. If you’ll be visiting us from outside the area, our Fly in for Your Procedure page was created just for you to help make planning your trip as smooth as possible.
Cheek & Chin Contouring FAQs
How much does cheek & chin contouring cost?
The costs to shape the cheeks and chin with dermal fillers ranges from $3,500 to $4,500, based on injector at Mabrie Facial Institute.
Interested in financing your procedure? We offer CareCredit and Alphaeon for your convenience. Both offer low-cost financing options, based on your credit history. Simply answer a few questions online and could receive an answer in just 5 minutes.
How long do cheek & chin contouring results last?
Our preferred fillers are JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC and RADIESSE. RADIESSE lasts up to 1 year with touch-ups at 6-month intervals, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC results can last up to 2 years. For patients who desire short-term results, Dr. Mabrie offers fillers such as Restylane® Lyft, which last up to 6 months with touch-ups at 3-month intervals. Neurotoxin results typically last 3 or 4 months. To learn more, read our blog post on the longevity of fillers.
What if I don’t like the results of my cheek or chin fillers?
Most of the fillers we use for cheek and chin enhancement are hyaluronic acid-based. This means they are reversible with an injectable enzyme called Hylenex, meaning we can reduce or erase your results if you change your mind. RADIESSE cannot be dissolved.
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