A well-defined jawline contributes significantly to facial attractiveness. Would you like to improve your profile? Do you think your jawline appears weak or saggy and needs refinement? Top Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. Lloyd Landsman discusses nonsurgical and surgical options for enhancing your jawline.
Jaw contouring via a chin implant is an increasingly popular procedure for correcting small or recessed chins. A chin implant is a small device usually made of silicone. The patient and surgeon select the appropriate size and shape of the implant.
Chin implant surgery involves creating an incision beneath the chin or inside the mouth. The plastic surgeon inserts the chin implant and molds it around the chin bone. Incisions are closed with sutures.
Expect some swelling after surgery. While you can resume normal activities about 10 days post-surgery, you will not see the full results of chin implant surgery for approximately six weeks.
Dermal fillers injected into the jawline are best for those patients seeking minor jawline redefinition. These fillers, many of which are made of hyaluronic acid, boost facial volume and plump the jawline. Fine lines and wrinkles soften. An asymmetrical jawline appears more balanced.
Other injectables are used to target specific areas of the face and neck. These include:
- Botox – When injected into the masseter muscle, Botox relaxes the muscle, which can narrow the lower face and make the jawline appear slimmer.
- Kybella – The injectable eliminates excess fat under the chin. Kybella can eradicate a double chin and enhance the lower face’s contours.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite – This filler, marketed under the name Radiesse®, is approved by the FDA for jawline contouring.
While effective, keep in mind that facial injectables are temporary solutions. Kybella is an exception, as the results are permanent.
Depending on the type of injectable used, you will need touch-up injections every one to two years to maintain the results. Botox requires more frequent touch-ups.
Facial Contouring With Liposuction
Liposuction contours the face by permanently removing fat deposits in the jowls, chin or neck. The surgeon makes a tiny incision and inserts a cannula, a slim hollow tube, into the target area. The fat is then suctioned out.
For permanent results, fat transfer or fat grafting adds volume to the chin and jawline. The three-part procedure involves collecting fat from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or buttocks, via liposuction. The fat is then purified and injected into the treatment area. Results look completely natural.
Jaw contouring is part of facelift. The surgery tightens the skin of the lower face and neck. Jowls are reduced and the jawline acquires more definition.
If you would like more information about enhancing your jawline, schedule an in-office consultation with Dr. Landsman. Contact his Long Island practice by calling or emailing us today.