People who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their chin and jaw may be interested in undergoing jaw contouring. Jaw contouring can restore symmetry, contours, definition, and balance to the facial profile.
There are various surgical options available for jaw contouring, including a neck lift, lower facelift, and facial fat transfer. Non-surgical options like dermal fillers and Botox masseter reduction are also available. Chin implants are also an option though performed less frequently.
The skin of the chin and jaw can begin to sag as a result of genetics and/or age. A neck lift is a popular cosmetic procedure used for removing excess fat and skin from the neck while tightening drooping muscles. This surgery provides a more defined or tighter profile for the jawline and neck. It takes several hours to perform under anesthesia and involves making minor incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin.
A lower facelift is a variation of the traditional facelift that specifically focuses on the lower face, including the jaw and chin. With this procedure, our surgeons can tighten the lax skin that results in the appearance of jowls and causes the jawline to lack definition. The lower facelift involves administration of anesthesia and creation of small incisions near the ears.
Facial Fat Transfer
A facial fat transfer is a way to permanently fill in hollows and depressions in the jawline using fat from another area of a patient’s body. This procedure involves first using liposuction to remove excess fat from an area of the patient’s body (such as the stomach). Next, the fat cells are centrifuged to remove unnecessary materials. Finally, the purified fat cells are evenly injected into the targeted areas.
Jaw fillers have become extremely popular in the modern age of cosmetic procedures. These minimally invasive treatments can be used to restore volume to hollow areas of the jawline. The most commonly used jaw fillers include Restylane, Juvederm, and Bellafill. Restylane and Juvederm are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), whereas Bellafill is composed of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. Thicker fillers generally provide the best results for the jawline and chin. This is because they are non-malleable and continue to stay in the position in which they are placed. Jaw fillers provide immediate results, which can be seen for up to a year. After this time, patients can return for follow-up treatments.
Patients oftentimes like to start with dermal fillers to determine if they like the results. If they do, some opt for a longer lasting fat transfer so they don’t have to continue a maintenance plan with fillers.
Botox Masseter Reduction
The masseter muscle in the jaw aids in chewing. When it is too large, it can result in an overly square jaw. Injecting Botox, a neuromodulator, blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles in the masseter. This allows the muscles to relax and shrink in size. Results last for three to four months; after this time has passed, the procedure can be repeated.
Jaw Contouring Cost
The cost of jaw contouring is impacted by several factors. Price depends on the procedure that is chosen, along with whether that procedure is surgical or non-surgical in nature. Surgical procedures range in cost based on anesthesia, techniques, and total surgical time, whereas non-surgical treatments vary based on the number of sessions and amount of product used.
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Consult with us at Idaho Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery to learn about the best option for your jaw contouring in Boise. Our experienced medical professionals will be available to answer your questions and recommend your ideal jawline contouring solution.