Jawline contouring in London
Jawline contouring using dermal fillers is a highly effective procedure for creating a defined and slimmer jawline for a more balanced facial appearance. With the passage of time, the ageing process leads to a loss of elasticity along the lower face, often resulting in the development of jowls. Jawlines that have lost their definition and contour can make patients look significantly older than they actually are and lead to a loss of facial balance. Dermal filler injections for creating a defined jawline are increasingly popular in both men and women.
Facial injectables, including both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, are an excellent alternative to surgery due to injectable treatments having no downtime. Jawline contouring is a quick and comfortable treatment that produces consistently excellent results in expert hands. Facial injectables are increasingly used as an anti ageing prevention treatment for younger patients who wish to delay the onset of facial ageing using treatments that are non-surgical in nature.
Expected Results after Jawline Contouring
- Increased definition of the jawline
- Reduced appearance of sagging skin
- A youthful and revitalised appearance
In popular culture, several female celebrities are renowned for having well-defined jawlines, which often contributes to enhancing facial symmetry and increasing youthfulness. Men often desire a square jawline that contributes to giving a chiselled appearance compared to female celebrities.
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Ideal candidates for Jawline Contouring
Jawline contouring is a non-surgical procedure and is therefore applicable to a much wider range of patients compared with surgery:
- Patients who have mild or moderate jowl formation without significant loss of skin elasticity. Patients with severe jowls may be better suited for a facelift.
- Patients who are keen to increase the definition of their jawline. Some patients may be better suited for submental and jawline liposuction.
- Patients with an overactive masseter muscle and an overly square jaw can benefit from jawline contouring.
The range of anticipated results differs for both men and women depending on the purpose of treatment. Men generally prefer a more chiselled and square jawline compared with women, who prefer a softer and defined jawline without the features of a square jaw. Jawline contouring is particularly applicable to Asian ethnicities as they tend to have a wider and flatter facial structure. The use of dermal fillers can add increased length and definition to contour the Asian face. Functional impairment can also be addressed with jawline fillers, especially for those who have temporomandibular or TMJ dysfunction. The TMJ joint joins the jaw bone or mandible to the facial skeleton, and this joint can become acutely inflamed through overuse or traumatic injury. The use of jawline neuromodulators can relax the masseter muscle and subsequently reduce inflammation and pain, and discomfort. For patients with large amounts of skin, laxity may benefit more from facial rejuvenation surgery. Surgical procedures include using chin implants to slim up the jawline and submental liposuction to remove localised fat deposits and define the jawline.
The use of jawline fillers works best for well-selected patients with realistic expectations of what treatment can achieve. Some patients may achieve a jawline contour apparent from a side view but may look less impressive in a frontal view head-on. It is also important not to inject too much filler, which may lead to an excessively angular jawline and an over masculinised appearance.
Preparation for jawline fillers
The success of jawline fillers relies on the patient being properly prepared for the procedure in the weeks beforehand. Before the procedure, you will be required to stop certain products and medications and also reduce intake of certain foods that are high in alpha-omega 3.
Two weeks before jawline filler injections
Patients should avoid fish, fish oil nuts or seeds or NSAIDS such as ibuprofen which have been shown to increase the risk of bleeding. Arnica tablets are very useful to help with reducing any post-injection bruising. Arnica tablets can be purchased over the counter from most pharmacies. If you are on any prescription medicines which are known to increase the risk of bleeding, then these may need to be stopped before treatment. It is essential to speak with your GP before stopping any medicines and receive instructions on the best time to restart the medication. Patients on medicines vital for health should not stop their medicines under any circumstances. In this instance, having a cosmetic procedure may not be appropriate. Patients with a history of cold sores will need to commence a preventive course of antivirals before treatment. This is to ensure there is no flare-up of herpes virus infection. Your doctor will be able to prescribe this for you before treatment. Finally, it is essential to read and understand the treatment consent form so you are fully familiar with the benefits, risks and complications associated with dermal filler treatment.
On the day of your procedure
Please make sure to eat a light meal before your filler injections. This helps to raise blood sugar and minimise the risk of fainting during treatment. Many people are understandably apprehensive about needle injections, which is amplified by not having eaten or drunk before your treatment.
Please refrain from wearing any make-up before dermal filler treatment on the areas planned for treatment. Your practitioner must remove any makeup from the treatment area before your procedure. You can bring a light make-up product to apply for camouflage immediately after the filler treatment.
Please aim to arrive 30 minutes before your allocated appointment to enable the application of local anaesthetic numbing cream to the face. Local anaesthetic numbing cream needs at least 20-30 mins to achieve its full effect. This is why we ask patients to arrive a little earlier than usual.
Before you leave your appointment, we would advise booking your next appointment. This is to ensure you get your favoured timing as our surgeons often get booked up to three months in advance. We always ensure never to double book patients for any facial injectable procedure.
Jawline contouring techniques
The jawline runs along the lower border of the mandible of the lower face. The ageing process leads to the development of skin laxity, which also affects the jawline, which can become less defined with time. The expert injection of jawline fillers such as Juvederm Volift and Volux using either the microdroplet technique or the cannula technique can sculpt and define the jawline for enhanced youthfulness.
Best jawline fillers to use for contouring the jawline
Juvederm Volux is a fully FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler made by Allergan. The unique cross-linking structure of the HA particles results in a beautifully smooth consistency which facilitates an accurate injection of jawline filler. Juvederm Volux also has a high G’ or G-prime, and this results in its unique ability to resist deforming forces and greater projectional capacity, which is ideal for jawline contouring. The HA filler also helps to maintain the softness of the tissues and optimises tissue hydration and volume.
There are several different neuromodulators available that can be used for addressing jawline shape and TMY dysfunction. TMJ dysfunction often results in jaw pain and this can be effectively treated with a neuromodulator to reduce the activity of the masseter muscle acting on the jaw. The injection of a neuromodulator can also reduce the size of the masseter muscle and this helps to reduce the appearance of an overly square-looking jaw and slim the jawline.
How frequently do I need to perform jawline fillers?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm for jawline contouring are designed to last between 9 and 18 months, depending on the volume of jawline filler initially injected and the speed at which the body metabolises filler. Neuromodulator injections typically last about 3-4 months. Jawline fillers should be repeated about once a year on average.