How many times have you looked at a selfie or caught your face in an unflattering angle and realized that your jawline is looking ‘soft’? Few people realize the importance of having a strong and defined jawline until they start noticing problems. Jowls, a weak chin, a double chin or a jawline that is not defined can really affect the entire appearance of your face. Your jawline can make you look more attractive, young and actually provide balance and harmony to your entire face. 

We understand that having a great jawline means different things to different people. However, the general idea of an attractive jawline is a defined mandibular border that is complemented with a defined chin, a slim neck and is symmetric.

Jawline surgery and other cosmetic treatments can help you attain the great jawline that you’ve either lost with age or weren’t born with. Our plastic surgeons are here to help you understand your options, both surgical and non-surgical, to define and tighten your jawline.

How to get a More Defined Jawline with surgery 

Jawline tightening surgeries depend on the cause of your weak/undefined jawline and the results you want. There isn’t a single surgery or approach that can give every patient a defined jawline, but your surgeon will be able to walk you through the options that can work best for you.

As far as surgical options to tighten your jawline, some of the options your surgeon will probably discuss with you are: 

Liposuction. Some patients lose definition on their jawline due to weight changes, age and accumulating fat around the neck and jawline area. Even though diet and exercise can help to an extent, you might be genetically predisposed to accumulating fat in this area. Liposuction can effectively help you obtain a defined jawline. The best thing about liposuction is that the results can last a lifetime as long as you maintain a stable weight.

Neck lift. If your problem has to do more with sagging skin, excess skin or serious loss of tone, a neck lift can help you obtain a defined jawline in addition to a younger-looking neck. During a neck lift, your surgeon makes small incisions behind your ears, carefully lifts the skin of the neck and repairs the area. Your surgeon may focus on repairing the neck muscles, remove excess skin, tighten the area and perform liposuction if needed. By slimming and tightening the neck, your mandible will gain tone and definition.

Mandibular and chin implants. Mandible and chin implants are ideal for patients who have a very weak, narrow, small or disproportionate jawline in relation to their mid and upper face. Patients who have a skeletal mandibular deficiency can also obtain a more harmonical face with the use of implants. Implants are designed to feel like natural tissue and come in varied shapes and sizes so your surgeon can achieve a natural and flattering result. If you are anxious about having implants on your face, talk to a surgeon who can use Vectra 3D imaging so you can have a three-dimensional representation of how your facial structure will change after the procedure. 

Patient treated with chin implant and bichectomy (buccal fat removal)

How to get a More Defined Jawline without surgery 

Non-surgical jawline tightening procedures can benefit patients who want more subtle changes or serve as an extra for patients who have undergone a jawline surgical procedure. 

Botox. Is there anything Botox can’t do? In all seriousness, despite Botox having its limitations, it can definitely help you obtain a more defined jawline. Botox can be injected into your masseter muscles, the muscles that connect the mandible to the cheekbone. By expertly applying Botox into this area, your surgeon will be able to slim the jaw, providing a sharper definition.

Dermal Fillers. For subtle changes to your jawline, your surgeon might also suggest dermal fillers. Your surgeon can inject dermal fillers directly to your jawline in order to enhance your mandible and provide a sharper angle to it. 

Skin tightening treatments. For patients who just need a little help tightening the skin in their jawline, Thermage is a great non-surgical option. This radiofrequency treatment is quick and painless and can smooth, tighten and contour the skin for a visibly younger look. 

How do you get a more defined jawline? 

If you’d like to know how we can help you, contact our team of expert plastic surgeons at VIDA Wellness and Beauty! Call us now at 619 738-2144 (toll-free) to schedule a one-on-one consultation and say goodbye to your sagging jawline.