- Soft tissue fillers can temporarily add definition and structure to the jawline
- Men and women can both benefit from this simple outpatient procedure
- Results are temporary but can last up to 24 months
- This procedure costs between $1,200 and $2,400 and depends on the number of vials used
A strong, well-defined jawline is universally considered attractive in both men and women. Jawline fillers can add symmetry and definition to the lower face, hide double chins and better frame facial features.
What Is Jawline Sculpting?
Jawline sculpting offers multiple benefits. It can strengthen and define a weak jawline or soften a jawline to ultimately enhance facial features. For adults who have lost volume due to age, fillers can effectively plump the lower face to restore a more youthful appearance.
As people age, it is common to lose bone density in the jaw. This affects both sexes, but is more common among women due to hormonal changes that occur with menopause. For some, fat can accumulate in the chin area, resulting in a loss of definition; others may not have had a strong jawline structure to begin with.
A number of options to sculpt and define the jawline are available, ranging from nonsurgical options such as fillers or botulinum toxin injections to surgical procedures such as neck liposuction or neck lifts.
Fillers are a practical and effective choice to address your issues, and several types are available to suit your individual needs. They are noninvasive, effective and long lasting.
When injected along the mandible (lower jawbone), dermal fillers can define and improve the look of the jawline. In addition to making the facial structure appear stronger, this also results in the neck appearing slimmer.
Best fillers for jawline sculpting
Clinical experience with various filler materials has demonstrated that hyaluronic acid (HA), poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite are all appropriate and effective options for jawline contouring.
HA is a natural material that has many applications as a dermal filler – with Juvederm and Restylane taking the lead as popular brands in this category. Its safety and efficacy make it a popular option for adding definition to the jawline.
Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra) is a biocompatible compound that has the ability to stimulate natural collagen production in the body. It can provide long-lasting jawline recontouring.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) is another dermal filler shown to stimulate the production of the body’s natural collagen. In clinical trials, calcium hydroxyapatite produced significant jawline contouring results.
Ideal Candidates for Jawline Fillers
Anyone who is generally healthy and wants to add a moderate amount of definition to their jawline is a good candidate for jawline contouring with fillers.
However, if you have a medical condition (including a bleeding disorder) or smoke, you may have an increased risk of complications and should therefore choose another option.
Can jawline fillers hide double chins?
Yes, they can. Excess fat in the chin area and a weak jawline structure both contribute to the appearance of a double chin. By adding definition and reducing chin skin laxity, fillers can help minimize the appearance of a double chin.
What to Expect During the Jawline Sculpting Procedure
Jawline sculpting using fillers is a simple outpatient procedure that usually takes under 30 minutes to perform. You may have the procedure the same day as the initial consultation.
Your doctor will begin by applying a numbing agent to reduce any discomfort. They will then use a cannula or a needle to inject the filler, moving along your jawline. You may require multiple injections during the treatment session, depending on your specific situation and desired outcome.
There is no downtime associated with this procedure; you can go back to your regular routine the same day.
Aftercare and recovery
You may experience some redness, swelling and discomfort at the injection site for a few days after the procedure. As with all dermal fillers, following some precautions can help side effects resolve more quickly and reduce the risk of complications:
- Avoid alcohol, direct sun exposure and intense physical activity for 48 hours
- Avoid unnecessarily touching the treatment area
- Apply ice packs or cold compresses to reduce swelling
Jawline Sculpting Results
Dermal fillers are an effective and reliable method of temporarily adding definition to the jawline and reducing the appearance of sagging skin and a double chin. This can accentuate feminine features in women and produce a chiseled, strong jawline in men.
Results become visible immediately after the procedure but it may take up to 2 weeks to see the final results.
How long do jawline fillers last?
Dermal filler jawline contouring effects typically last 12–18 months and may last up to 24 months in some cases.
HA, calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid dermal fillers are all biodegradable, which means the body will gradually break them down – this means results will fade in the months following treatment.
To maintain the initial improvements, the treatment must be repeated. It is recommended to wait until all previous results have completely disappeared before doing so.
Risks of Jawline Sculpting With Fillers
Dermal filler injections in the lower face is a relatively safe procedure. Common side effects include:
- Minor bleeding
More serious complications are rare and may include:
- Nerve damage
- Skin damage
Cost of Jawline Fillers
Various factors go into dictating the final cost of a jawline filler procedure. The type and amount of filler used, as well as provider experience and geographical location all play a role.
Most dermal fillers are available in syringes or vials of 1 cc (1 mL) each except Radiesse which is available in 1.5 cc syringes. A general estimate of their price ranges per syringe is as follows:
- Juvederm Voluma: $600–$1,000
- Restylane: $600–$700
- Sculptra: $600–$1,000
- Radiesse: $700–$1,000
Most people can achieve excellent jawline sculpting results with two to four vials of filler (one to two per side). A typical treatment session usually costs between $1,200–$2,400.
Alternatives to jawline fillers
If jawline fillers are not right for you, there are alternatives to sculpt and define your jaw and chin area. Depending on your particular concern and goals, there are several options for you to choose from.
Kybella is a form of deoxycholic acid, a compound that can dissolve fat. As opposed to fillers, this acid does not add volume, but instead eliminates submental (under the jaw) fat. If you have a significant amount of fat tissue in the jowls or a double chin, Kybella may be worth considering.
Kybella is a noninvasive injectable treatment performed in a doctor’s office. This acid works by gradually breaking down fat cells over weeks; you may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired outcome.
A thread lift is a slightly more invasive procedure that uses surgical-grade threads injected under the skin to anchor sagging and loose skin. Like fillers, this is not a permanent procedure, as the threads are absorbed by the body within 12 months.
Surgical threads are appropriate for anyone who has mild-to-moderate sagging jowl skin.
Masseter muscles neurotoxin
Botox is a paralytic agent that is a popular cosmetic treatment used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Botox can be injected into the masseters, which are muscles on either side of the jaw, to weaken their contractions. In some people, this can slim the facial profile to approximate a V-shape.
The effects of Botox generally wear off after three to four months.
Radio frequency treatments
Radio frequency treatments utilize heat energy to induce tissue remodeling and stimulate collagen production beneath the skin to tighten sagging. It is an effective standalone therapy but is also often used in combination with other treatments, such as liposuction.
People with more extensive skin laxity and submental fat may benefit from a surgical procedure. Surgery can produce greater results and permanent improvements but is invasive and also associated with higher risks of complications.
Liposuction is one such option to mechanically remove excess fat in the neck. During this procedure, one or two small incisions are made in the skin and a cannula is inserted to remove fat tissue. Liposuction does not treat sagging skin so it must be combined with another procedure to achieve this.
A neck lift is a procedure in which incisions are made behind each ear and under the chin, allowing the surgeon access to the muscles, fat and other structures beneath. The muscles can then be tightened and excess fat and skin removed.
Jawline sculpting includes both invasive and noninvasive procedures to temporarily correct and define a weak jawline or to address a double chin for both men and women. It can also add lost volume as a result of aging.
One noninvasive option to define your jawline is fillers, which is known to be effective and requires no downtime. Results are apparent immediately after the procedure but it can take up to 2 weeks to see the final results.
Fillers are relatively safe, well-tolerated, and produce results that can last up to two years. Treatment typically costs $1,200 to $2,400.
For those who wish to choose an alternative, there are a variety of surgical and nonsurgical options available.
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