The chin is an underrated yet essential factor in our overall appearance. While men want square chins, women will generally want more curved, pointier chins.
There are three surgical procedures designed to achieve a pointy chin: (1) Chin implant (2) Bone shaving surgery and (3) V-line surgery. Facial exercises, make-up tricks, and simple rubbing can also help make the chin appear more pointy.
A pointy chin and well-defined jawline help achieve balance in the face. Generally, a pointier chin is desirable to achieve a more feminine look. There are three possible surgeries to help achieve a pointy chin, but they are all expensive and invasive.
Genioplasty or facial chin augmentation is a plastic surgery that improves facial aesthetics by augmenting the chin. Plastic surgeons require a precise evaluation of the patient’s facial anatomy. They use a chin implant made of silicone, which corrects a narrow chin and convex facial shape.
Not everyone can have a chin implant. Candidates for this procedure must have a short mandible. They must also have no dental malformations or a history of implant rejection.
This procedure can use either local or general anesthesia. It depends on the patient’s pain sensitivity, pain tolerance, and anxiety.
There are two techniques to perform the surgery: (1) The intraoral approach works on only the lower section of the mandible. It has a low risk of nerve injuries near the brain but more scarring. (2) The transcutaneous submental approach, which is favored by plastic surgeons. Going in through the skin from under the jaw provides better access.
Chin implant augmentation is a straightforward procedure. Yet, complications like infections and implant rejection are still possible. Thus, thorough preparation and making sure you’re working with a board-certified plastic surgeon is necessary to prevent any complications.
Bone Shaving Surgery
Bone shaving is a rising trend in the field of aesthetics. The procedure reduces the chin’s surroundings to correct any jaw deformities. It uses a micro or laser saw to cut some parts of the bone under general anesthesia.
Niechajev, I. (2020) studied the reductive genioplasty, a surgery to fix a protruding mandible and long chin. He used Riedel’s line as a guide to compare the chin position against facial appearance. Riedel’s line is a facial harmony line that connects the most prominent points of the lips with the projecting chin point.
In the study, he employed an air-driven pneumatic chisel to reduce the mandible. Cloxacillin solution kept the surgery sterile. Antibiotic therapy with flucloxacillin followed. Vicryl Rapide sutures created a tight closure. This type of suture prevents contamination of the mandibular bone. Infection is possible as the mandible is near the oral cavity, which may hold microorganisms. Microfoam was used to create a firm dressing that is good for three days. Then, an elastic garment was worn for 1 to 4 weeks for chin support.
Patients who underwent surgery using an intraoral approach should observe proper oral hygiene. They should also avoid foods containing allergens. Post-op care is done via a follow-up visit or by interview over the phone. Special attention needs to be paid to the smoothness of the chin, disturbances in taste, and chewing movements.
As with many surgical procedures, the risk of nerve damage and infection is always there. Thorough preparation, doctor skill, and vetting of the doctor on your part will help minimize the risk of complications.
Complications were noted in the study and appropriately addressed. X-rays obtained from particular patients revealed the smooth bone curve. There were no signs of bony fragments around the soft tissues. Only two of the forty-seven participants in the study had an uneven chin because of bone regrowth. This study proved that skillful chin reduction surgery is safe. The resulting aesthetic improvements are impressive for patients.
Facial fillers are a safe and temporary option for getting a pointer chin and a more v-shaped jaw. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance produced by your own body. This means that fillers are temporary and usually do not cause a reaction. However, they only last a couple of months and have to be redone. The cost can add up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending on how much you get.
However, the results speak for themselves:
In addition, fillers can be broken down easily with an enzyme called hyaluronidase if you do not like the results. This makes them safe and can serve as a trial run should you decide you ever want an implant.
Be advised that some fillers don’t fully go away and can stay in your body for years even though most of the filler has dissolved. This can be partly mitigated by injecting hyaluronidase every couple of injections and starting from scratch.
V-line Surgery (Mandibuloplasty)
V-line Jaw Surgery is a procedure that reduces the bone around the jaw and chin. The operation aims to make the jaw look more pointed. It generally takes two hours or less and is done under general anesthesia.
After the surgery, the patient must watch out for bruising, inflammation, and bleeding. In case there is inflammation, over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen can provide relief. Complete recovery takes a maximum of 3 weeks. So if any discomfort persists beyond the recovery time, you should consult the surgeon.
Natural Ways to Help Modify The Chin
While surgeries have their merits, the invasive nature and high cost can be prohibitive. If a chin surgery is not for you, natural methods may be worth a shot.
Make-up tricks can alter your chin appearance. Make-up artists and Youtube tutorials provide step-by-step guides on how to create facial contours. They can also recommend which products will work best. Use the hair and other parts of the face to highlight your best facial features.
The shape of our face goes through changes as we age. Those who maintain a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet will have excess fat. But as fat increases with age, muscle also shrinks. Some people will have this worse than others.
In any case, retraining exercises could improve facial appearance by controlling muscle movements. D’ Souza et al. (2014) explored the benefits of doing this activity regularly. It strengthens the muscles around the mandible to look firmer. Retraining exercises also increase blood flow around the neck and cheeks. They make a face look more natural and livelier. There are several muscle retraining exercises:
- Relax the mouth.
- Stretch the corners of the mouth. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Make your smile slightly wider and taller. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Make your smile even wider and taller. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Expand the smile to showcase the edges of the teeth. Use full muscle tension. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Now go the other way. Make your smile narrower and shorter. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Make your smile even narrower and shorter. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Relax the mouth for 10 seconds.
- Form a full smile and apply finger pressure on each side.
- Close the smile halfway with your fingers resisting the pull. Hold it there for 10 seconds.
- Close the smile completely with your fingers resisting the pull. Hold it there for 10 seconds.
- Reverse the exercise and place the fingers on the outside of the lips. Smile halfway and hold it there for 10 seconds.
- Smile as wide as you can while resisting with your fingers. Hold for 10 seconds.
- Expand the smile while slowly releasing finger pressure.
- Open the mouth and flare the nostrils.
Wrinkle the nose as much as possible while the upper lip is relaxed.
- Move the upper lip upward as high as possible for 10 seconds.
- Relax the upper lip and slowly bring it down.
- Slightly open the mouth. Place the middle, index, or annular fingers under the cheekbone.
- Curl the upper lip up slowly while maintaining finger pressure for 10 seconds.
- Remove the fingers slowly and relax.
- Open your mouth and cover your teeth with your lips.
- Bring the lower lip to the upper lip.
- Turn the upper and lower lid inwards, while exerting pressure.
Some other exercises can also be helpful. The fish face exercise can potentially get a chin to look pointier. The downside is it will take you weeks, months, or years to see noticeable results.
The chin plays a vital role in our perception of proper facial proportions. The main components of chin aesthetics are its projection and vertical length. Mandibular bone, overlying soft tissues, and muscles all need to be optimized to improve the appearance of the chin. In general, bone shaving surgery is probably your best bet for dramatically reducing the width of your chin.