An angular, contoured jawline is one of those facial features that’s considered universally attractive—for both women and men. We can create that defined jawline, either by enhancing the chin, slimming the neck, or producing a narrower, more heart- or V-shaped face.
Instagram and Snapchat filters can help sculpt the jawline coveted by men and women, but many people want aesthetic procedures to transform their appearance in real life. We use nonsurgical options such as fillers or surgical procedures such as neck liposuction to help our Washington, DC-area patients achieve a flattering jawline. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different approaches and point out the advantages and limitations of each.
The nonsurgical method to strengthen the jawline when viewed in profile involves combining fillers with masseter reduction using BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Masseter muscles are among those used to chew, and when they are overdeveloped, they can create a squarer shape that’s less desirable. You can feel them when you clench your jaw, and they’re also the muscles used to grind your teeth. BOTOX injections relax these muscles, creating a slimmer look.
Because the jawline’s appearance is affected by the neck and chin, in addition to the jaw itself, the aesthetic surgery procedures that create a more defined jawline address these areas. There are 3 distinct surgical procedures that are ideal solutions for patients who want a contoured jawline. They include:
- Neck liposuction—Excess neck fat can make the jawline look weak and create the appearance of a double chin. Submental (below the chin) liposuction is especially useful for younger patients whose skin retains most of its elasticity.
- Chin implants—Plastic or synthetic implants inserted through either an incision in the mouth or a small incision under the chin can give chins a “stronger” appearance that men especially desire. Some patients who are not sure about getting implants may opt for filler injections because they’re a less permanent alternative.
- Neck lift—Necks tend to show signs of aging earlier than other facial features, and women and men both commonly say they wish they could change their necks’ appearance. A neck lift, often combined with a mini facelift, may be the best solution for patients with jowls and saggy neck skin. Our gallery of before-and-after photos showing actual patients who underwent neck lift surgery demonstrate the types of results the procedure can produce.
People who have had neck lift surgery and who post on RealSelf give the procedure a 95% “worth it” rating because the results can be so transformational. Patients who want to have a more sculpted jawline and who are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Bethesda, MD, or Washington, DC area can contact us to request a complimentary consultation using the online form. Or you can call us at (703) 560-2850 in Annandale or (301) 652-7700 in Chevy Chase to schedule an appointment.