Jawline contouring has become a very popular term that describes the reshaping or slimming of the jawline with non-surgical procedures. Both men and women gravitate to this facial enhancement process because it can create a solid chiseled look for men or create a better distinction of the neck and jawline for women.
Jawline contouring is also popular with older patients challenged with aging skin losing its elasticity and starting to droop down the neckline and jowls.
So which issue are you looking to resolve? A weak or sagging jawline?
We will explain the cause for each issue and the non-surgical procedures involved with jawline contouring.
The need to contour or reshape your jawline can stem from two leading causes- a weak jawline or a sagging jawline.
The cause of a weak jawline comes from a lack of facial bone structure, meaning the edge of a jawline bone isn’t prominent and has a softer and rounded edge. The lack of a jawline requires more volume to create more substantial angles and overall defined shape. A weak jawline has nothing to do with age but about your genetic makeup and bone structure.
A sagging jawline, also referred to as jowls, is loose skin or submental fat below the chin or jawline. As we age, skin becomes thinner, losing collagen and elasticity, two essential proteins that make up the structure and buoyancy of the skin. Older adults begin to lose collagen in their cheeks, allowing gravity to take place, causing the skin to sag into the jawline.
The following treatments will add volume to the jawline with dermal fillers to create strong angles and a defined shape.
Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that adds volume to shape the jawline in two steps.
The first step is the injection itself, with a specially formulated gel filler that immediately adds volume to the treated areas. The second part of this treatment is the collagen-producing active ingredient, CaHA (calcium hydroxylapatite formulation). The hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon in the Radiesse formula create a structure that mimics connective tissue, making it ideal for jawline contouring and promoting your body to produce its own collagen.
The appearance of the extra volume to your jawline from the injections is immediate, but the results from a Radiesse treatment are not permanent. The gel-like filler will dissolve into the body within two years.
Juvéderm is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in our bodies that stimulates the production of the connective tissue that plumps the skin.
There are several products in the Juvéderm family, and Volux is one of them. Volux is specifically designed for sculpting the chin and jawline. With strategically placed injections, it can help strengthen the appearance of the jawline and chin while softening the look of jowls. The gel consistency of the Volux formula is similar to Radiesse, but the active ingredients to stimulate collagen production are the main differences between the two.
Most patients can notice the difference after the injection swelling goes down. Juvéderm Volux treatments are not permanent and will eventually dissolve into the body within two years. Patients are recommended to have follow-up appointments every 6-8 months to help maintain the shape and look of the jawline.
Here is a video walking through a basic procedure using injectable fillers for the jawline.
The following procedures are ideal for patients with a well-balanced jawline bone structure, but with aging skin and submental fat deposits forming, creating jowls and double chin, it’s affecting the disappearance of the jawline.
Kybella is an FDA- approved injection that dissolves submental fat beneath the chin and jawline. It contains a compound called deoxycholate, which immediately breaks down fat cells once injected under the skin. After the injection, the special formulation dissolves the fat allowing the treated areas to improve the contour of the jawline.
The fat-eliminating results are permanent but may require several treatments to achieve the desired results. The treatment is ideal for patients with submental fat only, not aging sagging skin. To treat excess skin, patients will need to explore skin tightening treatments.
Here is a short video describing how Kybella works for a better-defined jawline and the basic steps of a procedure.
Thread lifting, also known as a Thread Lift, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves inserting texturized dissolvable threads into specific areas of the face to lift and slightly pull up the skin. The texturized threads grab the underlying tissue and muscle to hold it in a new position. The surgeon can specifically target the jowls or neckline to lift the sagging skin, making the surface taut and smooth.
The second part of a thread lifting procedure happens after the thread insertion; when the thread settles into the skin’s tissue, the body’s natural healing process begins by stimulating collagen. Vital proteins improve the skin’s structure and formation, so the skin develops more robust and stronger, progressively fading fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Thread lifting is ideal for a patient with a balanced jawline structure but needs a lift for the jawline to reappear—results with thread lifting last up to two to three years from the initial procedure.
We can understand why jawline contouring has become so popular. This cosmetic process can help both men and women across all adult ages. Jawline contouring is the solution to create a better definition of your face and neckline or the process of eliminating sagging skin or submental fat deposits covering the natural angles of your face.
If you are wondering if you’re challenged with a weak jawline, a sagging jawline, or both, it’s recommended to consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon first. They can examine your jawline and walk you through the optimal jawline contour procedure to help you achieve better angles to your face.