Wrinkles on the chin include peau d’orange and a mental crease, as well as other general wrinkles that form on and around the chin. Wrinkles on the chin can be annoying or distracting, and in some instances can give an individual an odd or unusual look.
The good news is that these conditions are now routinely treated with FDA-approved advanced dermal fillers by thousands of medical practitioners, non-surgically. Healthcare professionals typically treat these conditions using advanced dermal fillers, such as Juvederm® Ultra, Juvederm® Ultra Plus, Radiesse®, Restylane®, and Perlane®.
Many individuals develop a rough skin texture on the front area of the chin that can look something like an orange peel, which is how it gets the name, peau d’orange. Peau d’orange is French for orange peel. This crêping of the skin is mostly a result of repeated contractions of the chin muscle. Over time, the contractions may result in numerous thin, cross-hatched lines that give the chin this undesirable look.
Most medical practitioners treat peau d’orange with small amounts of BOTOX® that are
placed with one or two tiny injections at the bottom tip of the chin. The intent is to gently relax the muscles in the chin, so that contractions are not as pronounced.
Over time, this treatment can eliminate or greatly reduce the crêping. If BOTOX® injections are repeated as close as possible to the time that the BOTOX® effects begin to wear off, then it is likely that treatments will be needed less frequently over time, and with only minimal amounts of product. In effect, the thin grooves tend to fade away in many individuals after a few treatments.
Most medical practitioners do not manage this condition with dermal fillers because the lines are so thin and because BOTOX® does such an effective job, in most instances, in treating the peau d’orange.
The mental crease is a horizontal groove between the chin and the area below the lips. The mental crease can be a single deep groove, or a combination of more than one line or groove. It gets its name because it appears
to be a noticeable indentation or “crease,” and it is formed near the top of the chin (mentalis) muscle.
The mental crease can contribute to an aging puckered look of the mouth area. It can also make an overly pronounced chin look even more exaggerated or “witch” like. In some instances where the mental crease is really deep (and other aging effects in the area are pronounced), a mental crease can make an individual look a bit like an aging cartoon character. Even in less noticeable occurrences, it can be an unappealing facial feature.
As with peau d’orange, BOTOX® is the first line of treatment for the mental crease by most healthcare practitioners. Small amounts of BOTOX® are placed into the mentalis muscle, near the tip of the chin. A touch up treatment may be applied a couple weeks after the initial treatment (if the initial treatment is not effective enough).
In addition to BOTOX®, many medical practitioners will also place an advanced dermal filler such as Juvederm® or Restylane® along the mental crease to help fill in the crease. If the crease is very deep, then a medical practitioner may opt to use Radiesse®, Juvederm® Ultra Plus or Perlane® for deeper correction.
Other Chin Wrinkles
In some instances, individuals may have wrinkles on the chin that sort of fan up from around the jaw line on or around the chin. Most of the time, these wrinkles are very fine. Most experienced medical practitioners will treat these wrinkles with small amounts of BOTOX®, the same way as described above about treatment of peau d’orange and mental crease lines. BOTOX® will soften these wrinkles over time, which may result in the need for less frequent injections.
Depending upon the depth of the wrinkles, advanced dermal fillers, such as Juvederm® or Restylane® may be used, in conjunction with BOTOX®, to treat the wrinkled depressions. The combination of BOTOX® and dermal fillers can work together to extend the life of the dermal fillers.
It is advisable to select a medical practitioner who has performed at least hundreds of dermal filler procedures because techniques are often refined over time. A medical practitioner who is more experienced in these procedures will be far more likely to achieve better, more pleasing and enduring results, which means you are getting more for your money. We have determined a number of medical practitioners nationally who have extensive experience or training with dermal filler medical procedures. To see a list of experienced healthcare professionals in your area, or to receive a special discount on your procedure, click here.