Improving one’s jawline and side profile is a widely sought-after cosmetic enhancement for various reasons. A defined and contoured jawline is the key to an enhanced and aesthetically-pleasing side profile. Jawline contouring with botox has become increasingly popular over the years, with people achieving a defined jaw look through various methods, from makeup to surgical contouring procedures.
Some people can achieve a more defined jawline and profile through weight and fat loss in the face or are satisfied with a temporary contoured look achieved with makeup. Others may not be able to achieve their desired contoured jawline aesthetic through weight loss in the face due to genetic factors such as bone structure and where they naturally store fat. And some may prefer a more permanent effect that is only achievable through cosmetic treatments instead of the temporary impact of contouring with makeup.
In today’s aesthetic industry, there are several options for contouring the jawline, from non-invasive, temporary treatments to surgical, permanent treatments. And these options can fit everyones’ needs, desired jawline results, and preferences. If you want a more contoured jawline and are searching for the right aesthetic treatment option, it’s important to consider all of your options.
While there are a large variety of aesthetic treatments for the jawline, three of the most popular treatment options include Botox, dermal fillers, and implants. Depending on your natural jawline, contributing factors, desired results, and treatment preference, some treatments might be a good match, while others may not deliver the results you desire.
A fourth technique which we will not go into detail in this article is jawbone remodeling. This is an invasive surgical technique that can reduce the size of one’s jawbone. This may be the only viable option if you have a genetically very large or broad jaw that you find aesthetically displeasing.
In this article, we’ll go over these three jawline contouring cosmetic procedures in detail and everything you need to know to help you determine which option would be the best fit for achieving your desired look.
What Causes a Weak Jawline?
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a weak jawline or profile, some may feel insecure about their appearance because of it. People may also desire a contoured jawline for the aesthetic or to help balance out their other facial features. A weak jawline tends to be rounded and has a softer edge. Another common characteristic of a weak jawline is the lower portion of the jaw set inward, closer to the neck, rather than protruding more. In addition, people with weak jawlines can experience early signs of lower facial aging because the soft tissues in the lower face have less skeleton to support it.
The main causes of a weak jawline are usually hereditary in some way or another, such as bone and facial structure or where one tends to hold fat in their face. Age is also a factor. Loss of collagen, elastin, and soft and bone tissue can all result in a weak jawline, even if your jawline was more defined before. And in rare cases, a weak jawline could result from an accident or medically necessary jaw surgery that could have potentially affected the shape and look of the jawline.
Cosmetic Treatments for Jawline Contouring
Jawline contouring treatments that involve altering the jawline may include: lifting the skin, sculpting and defining the angles and bone structure of the jaw area, and/or improving volume to the jawline and lower face area to give overall balance and symmetry. There are several different procedure options for jawline contouring. Some of the most popular are Botox, dermal fillers, and implants. All three are great options, and the one that’s best for you will depend on your current jawline, the changes you want to make, and your preference for the procedure, results, and maintenance.
We’ll go over these three options in detail and explain everything you need to know to pick the right jawline contouring procedure for you.
Botox for Jawline Contouring
When most people hear Botox, they probably think of its use of paralyzing the facial muscle to diminish and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. However, Botox has many benefits, both cosmetically and medically. One of those uses is its potential to slim and contour the jawline. If you have large masseter muscles, Botox can be injected into them to make them weaker and smaller over time, resulting in a slimmer-looking jaw.
Botox for jawline contouring would create a more V-shaped look to the face and jawline rather than a broad or boxy shape. This method tends to be preferred by women with a wider, boxy-looking jawline due to large masseter muscles and who want a slimmer, more feminine-looking jawline. The slimming effect can also potentially help emphasize the cheekbones, creating an all-over contoured look to the face. Botox injections in the jawline can also help decrease the activities that build up the masseter muscles, such as grinding teeth at night, to keep a slim appearance and prevent the muscles from building back up.
Botox is a neurotoxin that works by attaching itself to nerve endings when injected. Once this happens, the neurotransmitters responsible for triggering muscle contractions is blocked, temporarily paralyzing the muscle. Botox can be used to reshape and contour the jawline for those who have a wide jaw due to the masseter muscles. Some people may naturally have larger masseter muscles or have developed them over time due to chewing, teeth grinding, and more. Repeatedly injecting Botox into these muscles makes them weaker and less pronounced over time, resulting in a smaller jawline and slimmer face.
This is a great non-surgical, non-invasive option compared to other procedures, such as surgically removing part of the muscle or shaving down the jawbone to achieve the same look. You can get this procedure in a medical office and resume your normal activities on the same day. After receiving topical anesthetics, a practitioner will inject Botox on each side of the jaw in the muscle. The slimming effect from Botox is a gradual process, and full results are visible within eight weeks.
The results of Botox for jaw contouring are not permanent. Depending on how many units are used and your unique situation, injections can last anywhere from 4 months to up to a year. To maintain the results of a slimmer jawline with Botox, you’ll need to keep up with regular injections. Your practitioner can tell you how often you should come in to keep up with your jawline Botox treatments.
Botox injections for the jaw are also not for everyone. During a consultation, your practitioner will determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure by measuring the thickness of your masseter muscles. If your masseter muscles are large enough, you may be a good candidate for Botox to contour your jawline.
Dermal Fillers for Jawline Contouring
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures for contouring the jawline. It’s a quick and easy way to get the jaw shape you desire without going through surgery. Fillers are used for many facial cosmetic procedures, including adding volume, shape, and contour to the jawline and lower face. Dermal fillers for the jawline tend to be thicker to create the shape and structure needed to contour the jaw and stay in place better.
The most commonly used fillers for jawline contouring are Voluma and Radiesse. These dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite, respectively which restore or add volume. Other types of dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Sculptra, may be used depending on your specific case, needs, and desired result. During your consultation, your practitioner will determine the best type of filler for you.
Dermal fillers are a great non-surgical option because of the customizable results. Like Botox, dermal fillers are not a permanent solution to creating a contoured jawline, so you’ll need to get them periodically to maintain your look.
The procedure itself is relatively quick, easy, and painless and requires virtually no downtime. Your practitioner will numb the area and then apply a series of filler injections along the jawline for contour. Your practitioner may also recommend chin filler to help create the jaw shape you desire and bring more balance and symmetry to the face. The entire procedure should take no more than 20-30 minutes and produce visible results immediately. You may experience some mild swelling at first; however, it should subside within a few days.
Implants for Jawline Contouring
For those looking for a more permanent solution for jawline contouring, implants are the most common surgical treatment option. Jawline contouring surgery uses precisely shaped implants to improve definition and contour permanently. Jaw implants enhance a deficient angle of the jaw in order to provide an improved shape and better balance to the face. For those looking for jaw implants, a chin implant may also be recommended to help balance the face and side profile to give the desired definition and contour.
When it comes to implants that contour the jawline, many different shapes and sizes are available to pair with your face. These implants are made out of biocompatible silicone or polypropylene that’s effective, safe, and permanent. Before moving forward with the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with a plastic surgeon who will evaluate your jawline and profile, discuss your expectations and desired look, and pick the perfect implant for you.
Since this is a surgical procedure, there will be more recovery time needed before returning to normal activities and seeing the full results. However, the bonus of implants is that they’re permanent.
During a jaw implant surgery, a small incision is made inside the mouth for minimal invasiveness and scarring. The sutures will dissolve on their own, and most patients recover 7 to 10 days after surgery and can return to their normal daily routines. Some swelling and bruising is common, but should be minimal and significantly improve within ten days. It may take up to three months to see the final results of the implant since there can be some persistent swelling after the procedure.
The Perfect Profile
If you’re unsatisfied with your natural jawline and want to achieve a more defined and contoured look, many cosmetic procedures are available. The best way to determine which option is most suitable is to consult a licensed practitioner who can make the right recommendations.
BLUSH Beverly Hills provides a variety of non-surgical jawline contouring procedures, including Botox and fillers, to help you achieve your ideal look. Our team of licensed professionals is highly trained and can give you the customized, contoured jawline of your dreams. To set up a consultation with us, reach out today.