Author: Dott.ssa Basile M. Gaetana (Tania)

Date: 22/04/2020

What is a weak chin?

A weak chin is a small, under-projected or receding chin. A weak chin may represent a physical, aesthetic or psychological problem; it may also affect the aesthetics of the face and a person's quality of life as it may also present psychological problems, affecting trust and self-esteem.

A weak chin is generally associated with certain dental problems, in the most extreme cases with obvious dental malocclusions, therefore this procedure must also involve a dentist.

People with weak chins may also have double chins.

What are the causes of a weak chin?

There are a number of causes, the most common of which are as follows:

  • Congenital:  the weak chin is from birth, which means that the defective formation of the chin begins in the womb. This is one of the most common causes of development of a receding chin
  • Micrognathia: the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw
  • Active receding chin: this rarely occurs after adolescence
  • Diseases or special situations with chronic temporomandibular joint disorders that cause receding of the jaw
  • Arthritis of the lower jaw or temporomandibular joint may cause the chin to recede. This problem is limited to the elderly
  • Jaw cancer
  • Some types of dental problems can be a cause of active receding of the chin

Symptoms of a weak chin

A weak chin is often self-diagnosed because it is very visible.  
Among the most common symptoms you may experience:

  • difficulty eating due to impaired dental occlusion
  • temporomandibular joint pain
  • arthritis which causes pain if you laugh or eat
  • wrinkles appearing around the mouth are more pronounced
  • the profile of the chin and neck is poorly defined
  • double chin (early development)


Weak chin: how to correct it?

In most people a weak chin does not pose any health problems, rather it is only a problem related to aesthetics. However, if a weak chin leads to any disease, the issue will have to be corrected. There are several corrective measures that can change the shape of the chin.
Mentoplasty is used to correct defects  and/or deformity of the chin with regard to aesthetics.

The most commonly used intervention is additive mentoplasty. Chin augmentation through additive mentoplasty can be performed with 2 techniques:

  • by inserting an implant under the skin of the chin
  • by performing a sliding mentoplasty, in cases where it is not possible to insert a prosthetic implant

A weak chin may also be treated with the help of chin fillers.

How long does surgery take?

The duration of additive mentoplasty surgery varies depending on the technique used.
If a double chin is also evident, you might also think about cosmetic plastic surgery to correct this condition.

Weak chin: non-surgical treatments with fillers

A weak chin can be corrected with hyaluronic acid fillers.
Non-surgical treatment with fillers is easy to perform and minimally invasive. 
It is performed in an outpatient clinic, lasts 10 minutes, is painless and has temporary results (lasting around 9 months).  

Hairstyles to hide a weak chin

If you do not want to resort to surgical corrections or non-surgical treatments to create a more harmonious face and reduce the visibility of a weak chin, you can use:

  • make-up
  • hairstyles

Weak chin: haircuts for women

If you opt to hide a weak chin with hairstyles, the main objective of the hairstyle is to create:

  • a focus away from the chin
  • facial harmony

Advice for men

Men can try growing a beard, sideburns and a goatee, as well as certain hairstyles to try hiding a weak chin.

A weak chin can be corrected to improve the patient's quality of life and also the aesthetic appearance. 

Dott.ssa Basile M. Gaetana (Tania)


Dott.ssa Basile M. Gaetana (Tania)

Medico Chirurgo - N. Iscrizione all' ordine: 8309 - Cosenza

Related articles


A protruding chin can be corrected by reshaping the bone and other structural tissues. Cosmetic reduction surgery of the chin, reductive...


Mentoplasty is a surgical practice generally used to reshape the chin, both in chin augmentation and reduction, from an aesthetic point of view. It...

(maximum 1000 characters)

Comment on the article