The chin and jawline play an important role in shaping your face and framing your facial features. Makeup artists emphasize the benefits of contouring with makeup to achieve a fashionable sculpted look, and an ever-growing selection of photo editing apps make it easy to enhance and refine your jawline into your desired shape. Well, these methods will offer you short term benefits, but what if you want results that are effective, long-lasting and evident in real life? One of the most important facial features for an attractive and youthful look is a well-defined jawline. A strong square jawline and chin are desired in males, whilst an attractive feminine face usually consists of a smooth, softer and rounder jawline and chin.
What Is Jawline Contouring?
When you think of jawline enhancement, you might picture a complicated and painful surgical procedure that requires the jaw to be broken or a treatment that involves liposuction or insertion of an implant to smooth or sharpen the face. These can be options for patients seeking extensive reshaping, but for mild to moderate concerns, results can be achieved without the need for anesthesia, incisions or downtime. Non-surgical jawline contouring uses a mix of injectable treatments to improve signs of aging and sculpt a more aesthetically appealing chin and jaw. By blending injectables, jawline contouring can improve an array of concerns and can be customized to each patient’s anatomy and goals. Men and women both seek jawline contouring, but typically with different outcomes in mind. Women tend to express interest in the procedure’s ability to slim the face or soften a prominent jawline. On the other hand, men often want the stronger, more chiseled jawline that is often associated with masculinity.
Who is a good candidate for Jawline Contouring?
You may be a good candidate for Jawline Contouring if you:
Are physically healthy
Have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
Are committed to maintaining good skin health
What treatments are involved in jawline contouring?
Dermal fillers will help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle.
The anti-aging properties of the botulinum toxin (sold as Botox and Dysport) are likely behind many a well-preserved face in Hollywood and can be found closer to home, too. When injected, Botox relaxes muscles, preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. It’s effective for “expression lines”, such as frown and surprise lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Fat Dissolving Injections
Patients seeking jawline contouring may benefit from including fat Dissolving Injections as part of their treatment. Some fat deposits prove particularly stubborn in the face of diet and exercise, including the submental fat that creates a double chin. Fat-dissolving injections use a substance called deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, to destroy fat cells under the chin so they can be processed and eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. A slimmer and more sculpted jawline is left behind, with no incisions or scarring.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Following the administration of general anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision inside the mouth, in between the cheek and the gum, to access the mandible, which is then re-shaped using specialised drills. This process continues until the corners are rounded and reduced in size. In some cases, a part of the mandible muscles, called the masseter muscles, is also removed or reduced. Once the desired size and shape of the jaw have been achieved, the incision is closed with sutures and a drain tube is left inside the surgical site to prevent fluid accumulation.
The procedure can also be performed outside of the mouth and would involve an incision (about 5cm) in the outer corner of the jawline to access and cut the muscles surrounding the mandible. A part of the bone is then cut using a medical saw and a part of the masseter muscles is removed. Just like in the first technique, the incision is closed with sutures and the drain tube is left in place for several days.
Following the procedure, the patient can expect the following:
A few days of hospitalization for close monitoring
Soft diet within the first two weeks to facilitate fast healing and recovery
A follow-up visit to the physician’s office for the removal of the drain tube and evaluation of the outcome of the procedure
Prescription of pain medication to address pain and discomfort that could last for several days
Avoidance of strenuous physical activity
What can I expect from my Jawline Contouring?
Prior to Treatment:
All patients are required to come in for their free consultation. This initial visit allows our experienced injectors to assess your current condition and create a customized treatment plan to help deliver your ideal results. Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity for patients to address any questions or concerns they may have before treatment.
We want our patients to feel comfortable and confident in the treatment they’re receiving. Consultation visits also help build the patient-injector relationship, as we wish all individuals reach a high level of comfort and know that they are placing trust within the right hands.
Upon arrival, patients will be numbed with a topical anesthetic prior to injection to reduce any possible discomfort that may occur. One of our trained injectors will than map out the areas that need to be corrected.
Possible Risks and Complications
Just like in any surgical procedure, patients who undergo jaw contouring face the risk of developing an adverse reaction to anesthesia and infection during and after the procedure. Pain is expected, as well as swelling and bruising of the surgical site for a few days. In some cases, the patient may find that the changes are not symmetrical and that one side of the jaw appears bigger than its counterpart. This may cause additional distress and may necessitate another surgical procedure to make the jawline look more even and uniform.
Bleeding can also occur and in rare cases, may lead to blood clots. This is one complication that can be avoided with the use of the drain tube. There is also the possibility of injuring or damaging the facial nerves, especially if the incision is made outside the mouth. Though a rare occurrence, it can cause numbness in the jaw while severe damage can cause temporary or permanent paralysis.