The dimpled chin, also known as an “orange peel chin,” can become a problem as we age. Dimpling of the chin can make it seem like you’re constantly pouting. Dr. Jarrell uses simple neurotoxin injections to relax the muscles responsible for your dimpled chin, thereby smoothing your skin’s surface.
What Causes Chin Dimples
You may develop chin dimples as you grow older because of the repeated use of chin muscles to produce certain facial expressions. The mentalis muscle located on the chin, also known as the “pouting muscle,” is responsible for the up and down movements of the chin and lips. You use these muscles whenever you pout, either consciously or subconsciously.
The mentalis muscle functions like all other muscles on the body — repeated usage makes it grow more prominent. Most people contract their mentalis muscles repeatedly throughout the day without realizing it, eventually leading to the formation of dimples on the skin’s surface. Initially, the dimples may only appear when you’re pursing your lips, but they eventually become permanent and remain on your chin even at rest.
Your Dimpled Chin Treatment Options
Dr. Jarrell can smooth those unwanted chin dimples using neurotoxin injections, also known as neuromodulators, such as Xeomin, Jeuveau, and Botox. Neuromodulators are a category of cosmetic injectables made of a neurotoxin protein called botulinum toxin type A. This is a unique protein that blocks communications between nerve endings and specific muscles of the face.
When injected into the chin muscle (mentalis muscle), neuromodulators can prevent strong contractions of the muscle, thereby reducing the visibility of chin dimples. The chin dimples will gradually smooth over the next two weeks, but you’ll start seeing results within 3 to 4 days. Dr. Jarrell will select the ideal neurotoxin based on your medical history and goals.
The Dimpled Chin Treatment Overview
Dr. Jarrell will select the ideal neurotoxin for you — Xeomin, Jeuveau, or Botox. She will then inject the selected neurotoxin around the chin muscle after carefully examining your facial skin, reviewing your medical history, and discussing your goals. The procedure concludes within 15 minutes.
Benefits of Neurotoxins for a Dimpled Chin:
- Non-surgical treatment
- Minimal pain or discomfort
- Minimal side effects
- May see results in 3 to 4 days
- Results may last up to 4 to 6 months
- Minimal downtime or recovery period
Side Effects & Recovery
Your neurotoxin treatment is completed in 10 to 15 minutes, following which you can resume your daily activities and work. There is very little downtime. However, you should avoid strenuous activities for a day and avoid direct sun exposure for a few days. You may experience mild redness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the chin for a few days.
Results: Onset & Longevity
Neuromodulators produce temporary results. Your chin dimples will gradually reappear after 3 to 4 months, following which you’ll need additional maintenance sessions.