It wasn’t possible ten years ago. Even five years ago the only surefire method for tightening and contouring your jawline was with surgery. There are a number of non-surgical light-based therapies that have existed since the mid-90’s that claim to tighten skin, such as Thermage and Ultherapy, using a mix of ultrasound and radio frequency (RF) energy. Unfortunately these procedures can be excruciatingly painful and don’t deliver the predictable “wow factor” that today’s savvy consumers expect and demand. Fast forward to 2015 and Restylane Lyft (aptly named dermal filler used for lifting the skin) was introduced and turned out to be perfectly suited for contouring the jawline. Furthermore, the semi-permanent filler Radiesse has emerged as a longer-lasting option for lower face and jawline enhancement.
Restylane Lyft is one of the first hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers on the market whose molecular structure offers an ideal combination of robust density and longevity necessary to reinforce soft tissue in the lower face. Prior to that dermal fillers were too soft, pliable and only lasted 4-6 months which didn’t make them a good choice. Lyft on the other hand provides excellent support and lasts up to 12 months. The other option, Radiesse, is a semi-permanent filler that consists of tiny microspheres suspended in a gel medium. When injected under the skin the tiny beads stimulate your body to produce collagen at the injection site, resulting in lifting and volume enhancement. Radiesse has been shown to last up to 18 months.
Dermal filler can be injected at the top of the mandible bone (closer to the ear) to give your jawline a sharper and more defined angle(think Angeline Jolie). It can also be placed along the lower jawline and closer to the chin to achieve a reduction in jowls and to streamline the lower face for a more youthful overall appearance. To fine tune the results even further dermal filler can be used in the chin to gently extend the facial lines for added balance and facial symmetry. The big advantage of jawline enhancement with filler is that it can benefit both younger and older patients alike.
The amount of product needed for jawline contouring depends on a multitude of factors. The patient’s age, amount of correction required and desired outcome all play a part. For some people one syringe of Restylane Lyft or Radiesse per side produces a visible improvement. For others,it can take six syringes per side (yes, per side!) to produce a satisfactory and pleasing outcome. Men may require more dermal filler than women. The good news is that if you’re looking to augment your jawline you don’t have to do it all at once. You can build volume over time in multiple visits or as your budget allows.
After a thorough consultation about your personalized beauty objectives, your injector will customize a treatment plan that’s designed to make your look more youthful and attractive.