Chin up Darling

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Beauty experts are terming the chin as the new game-changer. Samreen Samad finds out how the perfect jawline is sculpted

Did you know your chin plays a critical role in how symmetrical your face appears? The position of your chin can make your nose look large or small, your lips look fuller or too thin, and your neck sag or stay firm. People are increasingly turning their attention from fixing fine lines and crow’s feet to chin sculpting to take years off their faces.

But chin augmentation surgery can be a tricky affair. Dr Kiran Lohia of Lumiere Dermatology explains how it works. “A surgical chin-sculpting procedure is done when the chin is too small for the face or doesn’t have enough projection. This process involves inserting an implant on the chin bone under anaesthesia.” She adds, “The risks are that due to a lack of size options, the implant may not suit the shape of your face.” The procedure also leaves you vulnerable to infections or reactions to the foreign body that are hard to treat. But, the good news is that you no longer have to go under the knife to get the jawline you want. There are plenty of non-invasive treatments to choose from.

Botulinum toxin treatment:A chin with wrinkles or peau d’orange (pitted skin) can be treated with botox, xeomin and neuronox, to smoothen it out. Cosmetic dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad of Skinfiniti Skin & Laser, says, “Botulinum toxin is injected into the chin muscle, or the mentalis muscle, to reduce pebbly texture.” This procedure doesn’t take more than 10 minutes and the results are visible within three to four days. “The treatment lasts for four to five months and the injections have to be repeated once the effect wears off.”

Fillers: As we age, the collagen fibres in our skin begin to degenerate. Unhealthy lifestyle, stress and unprotected exposure to the sun can add to the degeneration causing saggy skin. This loss of fat shows itself prominently on the chin. There are fillers that can solve these problems. While they may not be permanent like surgeries, they give good results. Fillers are injected into the skin to stimulate the body’s own collagen production and tighten saggy skin. These ‘lunch-time procedures’ are done using topical anaesthesia. Dr Sharad says, “Hyaluronic acid fillers (Belotero, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane) and calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse) are the most effective.” The results can last for up to 18 months.

Le Beau Ideal: This procedure allows you to customise your own chin according to the shape of your face. Dr Lohia says, “We analyse the placement of the forehead, nose and chin, then ideal proportions are determined and matched as closely as possible.” The treatment combines Botox and fillers to relax and augment the chin. You can get dimples or a pointed chin too. Dr Lohia says, “We can also create stronger jawlines for our male clients.” Since this treatment allows you to customise the augmentation, the results are more natural. If you’re not satisfied with your new chin, simply dissolve the fillers.

Radiofrequency: This is an energy-based treatment that does not require needles, anaesthesia or downtime. However, the results show only after three to six months. Dr Sharad explains, “Radiofrequency is done using a device that heats the deeper layers of the skin. The heat causes the collagen fibres to contract and produce new collagen. The results are tightened skin and a lifted chin.” For good results, you need multiple sessions and it doesn’t work well for very loose skin.

A lot of cosmetic brands have launched firming and lifting lotions that contain polyimide, lipodipeptide, guarana extracts and marine peptides that burn fat, aid in the production of collagen and add firmness to the skin. Combine these products with your exercise for best results.

Let’s face it, none of these non-invasive procedures come cheap. If you don’t want to shell out a lot of money, these exercises will help you get a chiselled jawline.
The Marilyn: Blow 10 kisses twice a day for stronger and firmer lips.
The lion pose: Take a deep breath and while exhaling, stick your tongue out as much as you can. Keep your eyes wide open while doing this. Repeat a couple of times to release tension and stretch facial muscles.
O pose: Open your mouth wide, then tilt your head back to look at the ceiling. Now push your lower lip to touch the upper lip. This works well to reduce the appearance of a double chin and firm up your jawline. Repeat at least 10 times.
Neck rotation: Follow this set: look right, centre, left, centre, up, centre, down and centre. Diagonal neck movements like right-up, left-down, left-up and right-down, and tilting your head to either shoulder also helps.