A weak chin, also known as a receding chin, is a condition where your chin is less defined. It can look misaligned with your upper jaw or like it 'slopes' backward into your neck. There’s nothing wrong with having a weak jawline as it doesn’t affect your ability to eat, talk, or smile. But if it is too severe, it can lead to dental (teeth misalignment) and health (TMD) issues. It can also make you feel self-conscious and shy.
If you are looking to achieve a harmonious and well-balanced profile, you have different possibilities and treatments to correct a weak chin and achieve a balanced profile. These include cosmetic surgery but also less invasive and more temporary solutions such as injections, to correct your weak chin and have a beautiful face contour and profile.
What is a weak chin?
The chin at the bottom of the face is composed of the mandibular bone where the teeth are implanted and are articulated with the temporal bone. It is the only bone that can move around the skull which enables chewing. A weak chin also called an under-projected chin or a receding chin is a condition where the tip of the chin is not projected forward enough in relation to other parts of the face such as the forehead, nose, and lips. This is seen best when looking at a person from the side (profile view), revealing an imbalanced look.
Why do I have a weak chin?
There are different reasons causing a weak chin. Genetics is a big part of it as our features are influenced by it, the shape and structure of the jaw included. Aging is another cause of why you might have a weak chin. As you get older, the angle of the jaw increases. This reduces definition in the lower part of the face. Thumb-sucking can also result in a weak chin, as continued thumb-sucking can move the teeth which could alter the jawline. Another common reason can be overbite. It occurs when your top front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth. This can cause the lower jaw to be positioned too far back resulting in a weak chin.
How To fix a weak chin?
There are many ways to enhance and correct a weak chin from surgical to less invasive and more temporary. Your aesthetic doctor will help you define the right treatment depending on how far back your chin is and the goals you want to achieve. The most common and permanent one being genioplasty. In this cosmetic surgery, a small implant is placed on the chin under the skin. This helps to project the chin forward.
Less invasive treatments are also available providing optimal results with minimal to no downtime. They consist of botox and hyaluronic acid combo injections. They have the same effects as surgery but without the risk of anesthesia, without scars, and with minimal recovery time. The results are immediate and last up to one to two years. It is also a great way to see how your chin can be enhanced before choosing a more permanent solution such as surgery.