When we think about aesthetic procedures, we usually think about improving skin tone, reducing wrinkles, tightening sagging skin, and addressing traditional problem areas such as the eyelids and nose. As important as those factors are, one facial feature tends to go unaddressed: the chin.
A weak chin can throw an otherwise attractive face into disproportion. A foreshortened chin can be the difference between a sought-after V-shaped face and a more squarish one. Luckily, such problems are easily remedied with chin fillers. Singapore is blessed with a wide range of clinics and medical practices that can dramatically improve their patients’ appearance with relatively minor adjustments to the chin.
Chin fillers are safe and widely recommended for women and men as a quicker, easier, less problematic alternative to plastic surgery. Because they are far gentler than invasive surgery, skin-filler treatments may not be able to achieve the results sought by a given patient. Doctors can advise patients during their first consultation as to whether chin fillers are appropriate for their needs.
Like most other facial fillers, chin fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a gel produced naturally by the body that retains moisture and helps give skin its shape and firmness.
Because they augment a compound produced naturally by the skin, chin fillers can be used as needed to achieve whatever results a patient seeks. Short chins can be elongated, lengthening the face into a traditional V shape. Receding chins can be brought forward, restoring balance to the jawline from all angles.
Any chin-filler treatment begins with a consultation. The doctor examines the patient’s chin, and they agree on an outcome. This discussion allows the doctor to determine exactly the right kind of filler to be used, and in what amount, and to schedule a series of treatments. The patient’s face is then prepared, and the actual procedure can begin.
The chin and surrounding areas are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized and a topical numbing cream is applied. Filler is then injected into the chin until the desired effect is achieved.
In some cases, only a single injection of 1 cc is necessary. More often, several injections target small areas of the chin. After injecting the filler, the doctor massages it into place, sculpting the chin until it reaches the agreed-upon size and shape.
The entire procedure can be completed in less than half an hour. Every face is different, though, and some procedures take longer than others. One session typically yields the desired results. Some cases benefit from multiple treatments, rather than one overly large series of injections.
Patients can return to their normal routines immediately after treatment. Results are instantaneous, and because chin fillers do not require incisions, the procedure carries no risk of major side effects. Some patients experience slight pain or temporary swelling or bruising, but these tend to disappear within days. Chin fillers become fully settled after two days, during which patients should avoid putting pressure on the treated area. Other than this precaution, no aftercare is needed.
Depending on the type of filler used and the amount added to the chin, results can last for six months to a full year. Doctors usually recommend a follow-up visit at the six-month mark, to see if new applications are needed.
Chin fillers are sometimes paired with other treatments to achieve exactly the results a given patient seeks, or to complement the effects of chin reshaping with improvements to other areas of the face. Botox, for example, is a popular accompaniment to chin fillers. By keeping the mentalis muscle relaxed while fillers are injected, Botox helps doctors inject filler accurately and work it confidently into shape, without the dimpling and wrinkling that can result when skin is pulled taut against newly injected filler.
Seeing the results of chin-filler treatment are a bit different from thinking about them, and some patients ask for their procedures to be reversed. Fortunately, a quick and safe method exists for reversing the effects of hyaluronic-acid treatment. Hyaluronidase, a sort of antidote for the filler, dissolves hyaluronic acid within two days, and allows it to be safely and naturally disposed of by the body.
In Singapore, chin fillers are available from a wide range of medial practices and clinics. The price of treatment varies just as widely, but a single 1 cc injection of chin filler typically costs SGD 600 to 650. Doctors with greater experience may charge a bit more, and any accompanying treatments, such as Botox, will of course increase the cost of each session.
Because so many practices offer chin fillers, patients should choose their practitioner carefully. Experienced doctors will be happy to share their qualifications and before-and-after photos demonstrating their work. Nearly as importantly, a competent and experienced doctor will be able to answer honestly and completely any question posed by a new patient.
Experience costs a bit of money, and so do reputably sourced facial fillers. Extraordinarily low prices at salons or clinics may be tempting to new patients, but they also tend to go hand-in-hand with inexperienced practitioners and cut-rate filler material.