A procedure or combination of treatments to enhance and define the jawline. Dr. Frankel considers four options when he is assessing an individual and how he might improve the overall aesthetics of this vital anatomic structure.
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The four types of manipulations for improving the jawline
This adds structure, size and shape to help balance a weak chin or mandible.
Chin augmentation requires a small operation that places a highly engineered and contoured silastic implant along the bone of the lower jaw and chin.
Dr. Frankel uses a small incision underneath the chin for access and there is no need for any hardware or drains.
There is minimal bruising but there is some pain and discomfort associated with this procedure.
The implant is safe and will remain stationary within the chin, lasting a lifetime.
This removes subcutaneous fat from beneath the chin and mandible to reveal a more defined chin and jawline. With the fat no longer present, the underlying bony structure becomes emphasized.
Liposuction is done with a hollow cannula and carries very little risk of complications.
It can be performed alone but is frequently combined with other procedures.
The platysma muscles are two paired superficial muscles that often obscure the angle between the jaw and neck. The muscles can also be seen as vertical ‘bands’ sagging under the chin and creating a ‘Turkey Neck’.
These muscles can be approached from a small incision under the chin and modified in a number of ways to improve the contour of the jawline.
Surgery on the platysma muscles requires that the patient wear a compressive dressing for several days following the operation.
FILLERS & NEUROMODULATORS
In people who are developing laxity to their lower facial soft tissues and beginning to notice subtle jowls forming, injections of filler can be very helpful.
Additionally, people with otherwise narrow mandibles or chins can also benefit from targeted placement of volume along the jaw.
Dr. Frankel has proven that Neuromodulators can improve chin aesthetics and published a paper and lectured on this topic. And injections to the platysma muscles can also create better definition of the edge of the jaw as well as lift the soft tissues slightly.
Dr Frankel’s Notes
“A well defined and beautiful jawline frames the face and makes the neck look more elegant.
Any other work done to the face will have little impact if the jaw line is ignored so I strive to use everything at my disposal to optimize this feature. I tend to begin with more conservative treatments and see if we can reach our goal without the need for more invasive procedures; but none of these options are terribly invasive or risky and the payoff for the effort is excellent so I am not shy about recommending surgery. ”
– Andrew Frankel, M.D.
Before and after
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
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Preparation & Expectations
No preparation is required for injectables.
All of the surgical options for jawline contouring can be done under local anesthesia with sedation if the patient desires and that obviates the need for any blood work or preoperative medical clearance.
Length of surgery
These operations are relatively quick and are usually completed within one and a half hours
Patients should be able to return to their work and social lives within ten days.
Light cardiovascular exercise may begin after a week but return to full exercise with weight training, yoga or pilates will take three weeks.
There is only one small surgical scar from these procedures and the bruising and swelling are located in the neck.
The final result will take roughly four months to fully manifest.
Find out more about the surgical process and how to prepare for surgery.