Are fillers effective for chin, jawline and cheek augmentation?

For chin, jaw angle, and cheek augmentation are fillers just as good as implants in terms of quality of results? Is the only down side that they have to be repeated? If this is the case why would anyone choose implants considering the potential problems with implants?

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Are fillers effective for chin, jawline and cheek augmentation?

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Yes!  Fillers are a great way to augment the chin, cheek and jawline!  I use different materials for the different areas.  Although they are temporary, the products can produce the desired results.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Things change with time!

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First of all let me just close to you my bias in that I am a dermatologist and I don't place facial implants. On the other hand however, I work very closely with plastic surgeons when patients need surgery versus non-surgical treatments that I provide.

One of the biggest downfalls to having implants is that they stay in the same location forever. This may seem like a great idea if your face never changed from the time you had the surgery to the very end of life! However, this does not happen. Over the years your Face will continue to change and things get affected by the aging process and gravity. Therefore, the implant that once looked great in it's original position on your face may look very odd if you have lost more facial fat, or have a significant change in bone structure, or your skin becomes so thin that the contours of the implants are now more noticeable.

 I love injecting fillers and contouring the cheekbone and the Jaw line because they make such a big difference in reversing the signs of aging, and creating that glamorous look. The key is to really place the fillers in the right tissue planes based on the patient's anatomy. For some patients, it's also important to treat the under eye area to create an even line   From the middle cheek approaching the Ear area. The chat line especially as we get older it begins to sag and diminished and bone density. If you were to consult a dentist, they will tell you about the bone loss that happens along the Jawline as we age. This is especially true if you've had orthodontics or dental problems in the past. 

 Building that Jawline can help diminish the look of a saggy neck, commonly known as the turkey neck, and also diminish the look of prejowling. 

 After I had my baby, I did the same thing to my face and it literally took off all the signs of aging as a result of the weight changes!  I think these are so great to do and looks so fabulous after. Good luck to you! 

Tanya Kormeili, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologist

Injectable fillers for chin jaw line and cheeks

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Fillers, nowadays, are used to correct these areas without minimal complications. I have been using Voluma for over 2 years now and it lasts  for 2 years

Only a few of my patients go for implants anymore. Those that do are fed up with frequent returns. However, with my use of Voluma, less and less are going for a permanent implant 

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon

Filler Augmentation instead of implants

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If your augmentation needs/desires are moderate, then fillers can certainly do the job. Today's fillers are lasting longer and longer and placement techniques improve all the time.

A well trained and experienced cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon - combined with knowledge of how the tissue compartments beneath the skin affect one another - can do a little bit of "magic" with fillers and muscle relaxers alone.

The right filler for the right purpose is also a key factor. The new Voluma is an outstanding mid face lift and fill product that can have you looking like you were born with some great genetic structure - even when you weren't! And it lasts a LONG time - up to 2 years.

Sculptra is still a wonder product and can be used in nearly every area for sculpting in lost volume or augmentation.

Implants come into play when the bone structure is so lacking that fillers simply aren't an option.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Fillers for chin, jawline augmentation

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I love using fillers to enhance the chin, jawline and cheeks. The subtle placement of fillers in the chin and at the angle of the jaw can significantly improve a loose, lax look of aging.   In addition, fillers in the cheek often help raise the entire cheek and give a "lifted" look to the face. Multiple fillers may be used in these areas including Radiesse, Voluma, Restylane and Juvederm. As always, just be sure have treatment done by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has extensive practice with fillers. Good luck!

Jason R. Lupton, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon

Fillers are great for chin, jawline and cheeks

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I love using fillers in these areas and think that they are an excellent choice. As your face changes with age so might your needs and you might not want anything permanent at this point. Radiesse and Perlane and Voluma are good choices for the cheeks. I prefer radiesse for chins as it is a bit thicker and firmer than Perlane and I have not tried Voluma  for this so do not know. 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Radiesse for chin, cheeks, and jawline

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I prefer Radiesse injections to augment the chin, jawline, and cheeks.  We get great results with using a thicker filler for these areas.  Implants provide a more permanent result, but many of our patients do not want to undergo surgery or have a permanent foreign object implanted.  It is important to ensure that your physician or injector has excellent training and experience with these areas.  Complications can occur with a novice injector. 

Tricia Brown, MD
Houston Dermatologist

Implants versus fillers

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Yes, they can be very esthetic. but the amount you need and the duration of each sessional volume is quite costly over time. The use of implants can be very successful and has been used for many many years in most areas of the face with success. But, if you prefer, it can be done with fillers

Gerald Wittenberg, MSc, DMD
Vancouver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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