For a lot of us, the aesthetic quality of our chin and jawline starts declining as we age. With aging, the angle of the mandible increases, and the mandible is essentially the bone that makes up the profiles of the lower jaw. Additionally, the chin often recedes, skin atrophies, and the subcutaneous layer of fat around our neck is resorbed leading to saggy skin.

For many of us, this results in a new list of insecurities we may not even have had before. Others may have dealt with a poor side profile their whole lives, and have always wished to improve the appearance of the lower half of their face.

Luckily, there are non-invasive and minimally invasive ways to correct these imperfections. Facial rejuvenation is possible using injectable fillers, cryolipolysis, Botox, and more revolutionary cosmetic treatments especially in New York, a city where everyone is obsessed with looking sharp and attractive. In reshaping the face, you can gain fresh confidence. Many choose to finally take the step towards a more defined jawline when major events are coming up – weddings, graduations, career advancements, or anything in which you want to put your best face forward. Jawline contouring can create a more symmetrical, defined, and aesthetically pleasing face.

WHAT IS THE POINT OF JAWLINE CONTOURING?

The appearance of the chin and jawline plays a major role in overall facial attractiveness. Studies show that having a well-proportioned and strong jaw helps contribute to the overall symmetry and balance of the face. Jawlines that are considered strong and well-defined are often very sought after features, so it’s no surprise that minimally invasive methods for reshaping and contouring the jaw are all the rage especially in a highly competitive environment of large cities such as NYC. Based on today’s societal standards, a wide or boxy jaw is associated with a more masucline appearance, while a slimmer and softer jawline is more feminine. Nevertheless, structure and contour apply to both men and women, which is why jawline contouring involves a multifaceted approach based on each individual’s needs and aesthetic desires.

Many people wish to have a more visible and sculptred jaw, while others seek facial augmentations to slim their face. The average person cites the chin as one of the most important indicators of physical attractiveness. A recessed chin is a point of anxiety for many; it’s especially frustrating because there isn’t much you can do about it. Through an active lifestyle, muscle training, and a proper diet, you may be able to lose some weight and trim body fat; however, your fundamental facial anatomy isn’t going to radically change because of these efforts.

That’s where minimally invasive facial contouring treatments come in. Dermal fillers, non-surgical fat reduction treatments, skin tightening procedures, and Botox are some of the ways you can enhance the look of your chin and jaw. Some of these methods alter and enhance the appearance of your facial shape; others trim away pockets of fat to give you a more defined look.

before and after results showing chin extension, elongation and augmentation with Juvederm Voluma hyaluronic acid filler
20 year old female 3 days after chin extension, chin elongation and augmentation with 2 syringes of Juvederm Voluma dermal filler
jawline sculpting before and after results following injections with 3 syringes of Radiesse filler
45 year old female 1 day after getting jawline and chin sculpting with 3ml of Radiesse and 2ml of Juvederm Voluma dermal fillers

WHAT IS THE LONGEVITY FOR JAWLINE CONTOURING LIKE?

While many of us stop short at surgery, we still want the results of our facial reshaping treatments to last us a while. Some are happy with more temporary treatments, while others want a transformation that is as close to permanent as possible. Different treatments will last for different period of time.

Fat minimizing treatments, such as CoolSculpting chin reduction and Kybella, are often used in the double chin area, just as they are employed in the stomach and limbs for extra toning. CoolSculpting is a fat freezing technique, also referred to as cryolipolysis, that melts focal fat pockets leaving surrounding tissue unharmed. It is administered using vacuum suction controlled cooling applicators. A Kybella procedure involves injecting a substance containing deoxycholic acid, which is a fat-dissolving agent that can break up fat gathered in the submental area.

CoolSculpting and Kybella both eliminate fat over time. Within around 2 months, you will get a glimpse of the final outcome. Unlike some other minimally invasive procedures, these results are permanent –– though they do not prevent new fat from accumulating due to weight gain.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are not permanent. They can last between 9 months and 2 years; this range is affected by the type of filler you get, how much was given, and your body’s response to it. For chin augmentations, Juvederm Voluma and Radiesse are most frequently used; these have a longevity of around 15 months, whereas others are closer to 9 or 12 months.

PDO thread lift procedures give you the effect of a face lift without surgery, are relatively long-lasting. Some may enjoy the effects for up one to two years, although this also depends on the way the threads settle in your body and react to your personal anatomy.

Botox is the shortest-lived of these treatments. Botox masseter muscles injections slim down the face usually holds up for approximately 4 months; however, you can always book follow-up appointments to recreate the beloved results.

Radiesse jawline jawline sculpting before and after
36 year old patient 1 week after getting Radiess for jawline sculpting and definition
juvederm voluma chin augmentation before and after results
26 year old female 1 week post 2ml of Juvederm Voluma for chin augmentation

RESHAPING JAWLINE WITH DERMAL FILLERS IN NEW YORK

A lot of us are unhappy with our side profile. One of the biggest insecurities of those with a weak side profile is a receding chin or nearly undetectable jawline. Injectable fillers can address both of these issues. Fillers can be used in facial contouring procedures to make the jawline more prominent, define the chin, elevate soft tissues, and give you an overall more balanced appearance. Many men also wish to have their jawline widened for a more masculine appearance, which can be achieved using fillers.

In the past, these kinds of changes could only come about using surgical implants. Nowadays, the use of biocompatible dermal filler continues to grow in popularity, as an easier and safer alternative to surgical chin implants. You can also use filler in parts of the face other than the jaw to give an overall more lifted appearance. Cheek fillers, for example, can give you the look of more prominent, elevated cheekbones – this visually pulls the entire face upward. 

As for the procedure itself, it usually goes something like this: you begin by having a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg at his private clinic in NYC about your main areas of complaint. Let him know what about your jawline bothers you, to what extent you want it corrected, and what you envision for your facial jawline future. With the knowledge, along with information about your health history, Dr. Schwarzburg can decide which fillers to use and how they can be applied for your ideal results.

On the day of your session, your jawline, chin, or neck area will first be sanitized. You may be given an anesthetic cream to numb the region. The injection process will only take around 10 to 20 minutes, in which small amounts of filler are delivered in the targeted regions via a tiny needle. Depending on the treatment, the filler is administered into the deep plane of the skin, or the submuscular plane, while additional smoothing filler can be added in the subcutaneous plane. The entry point of the insertion is generally lateral to the prejowl.

A highly qualified physician will have extensive knowledge on the anatomy of the jaw. This includes the location of facial arteries, nerves, and veins along the mandible within the deep fat layer. Properly navigating these areas will help prevent complications. You can go straight home after the procedure –– while you should be gentle with the area, there is no downtime.

If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for jawline fillers, you can talk to your doctor about your medical history and aesthetic goals. There are a few contraindications that would prevent you from getting fillers in your chin area, including: active infections, cold sores, diabetes, and connective tissue diseases such as lupus. Certain skin conditions may also stop you from getting illers; if you’re on blood thinners, NSAIDs, or you’re a smoker, you should mention this to your provider as it may affect your healing process.

WHAT KIND OF FILLER IS BEST FOR JAWLINE CONTOURING?

This may be news to you if you’re unfamiliar with dermal fillers, but there are several different types – what sort of filler is used in your personal procedure is determined by your provider, based on the type of treatment and what you want out of it. Different fillers may also trigger different body responses, causing a variety of results.

Juvederm Voluma, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse are some of the most popular fillers when it comes to jawline sculpting. 

Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxylapatite and is the densest filler on the market with the thickest texture, which makes it quite ideal for use in the jawline – it’s often called liquid bone as it imitates and replicates the shape and function of the jawbone. Dr. Schwarzburg now exclusively uses Radiesse for jawline contouring because of its unique biochemical properties. 

To achieve a coveted snatched look with jawline definition, the bone structure essentially needs to be recreated where it’s absent. The material must be dense, rigid and withstand tensile and shear forces of the skin where it’s injected. For results to be prominent and aesthetically pleasing the filler must be delicately placed at a certain depth, so that it’s not too superficial or too deep. 

Extremely superficial injection results in a lot of swelling and pronounced visibility of the filler through the skin. And since Radiesse is not reversible with Hylenex, poor placement will lead to unacceptable results you will have to deal with for a long time. If the filler is injected very deep under the skin, the desired definition may not be achieved as the thickness of the subcutaneous layer completely masks the linear projection created by the filler. Using Dr. Schwarzburg’s unique and patented technique, the Radiesse filler is deposited with great precision and accuracy to recreate the missing bone structure. This allows the filler to stay in the targeted tissue plane and maintain the sharp and angular jawline for a long time.

Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid-based filler; which is generally softer and more pliable. Juvederm Voluma comes with the added benefit of being dissolvable through the use of hyaluronidase, whereas Radiesse cannot be reversed. While Juvederm Voluma also boasts a high G prime factor, meaning that it’s also very dense, it is not able to withstand the compression and shear stress under the skin. Instead it spreads out through the subcutaneous tissues within a week, essentially eliminating all of the results. NYC based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Schwarzburg advises against using any hyaluronic acid based fillers for jawline contouring because of their inability to maintain the structural rigidity at the same level that Radiesse filler can.

before and after results of jawline and chin reshaping with Radiesse and Juvederm fillers
45 year old female after completing lower face transformation by augmenting and redefining the jawline and chin areas with 3 syringes of Radiese and 2 syringes of Juvederm Voluma fillers
before and after results following jawline and chin augmentation with Radiesse and Juvederm Voluma dermal fillers
49 year old female status post jawline and chin augmentation with 3 syringes of Radiesse and 2 syringes of Juvederm Voluma injections

DO JAWLINE FILLERS LOOK BAD?

It’s understandable to feel a bit apprehensive about getting fillers for the jawline. Being such a prominent area of the face, you don’t want anything to go wrong. However, most people are happy with the results of fillers for their jawline. Fillers can help you attain slight, subtle changes that will nevertheless enhance the attractiveness of your lowel facial thirds. After several months, the majority of patients report feeling that their appearance was “very much improved” by the treatment.

Dr. Schwarzburg, a medical director at Skinly Aesthetics in New York, explains that achieving a coveted snatched and pulled back look with jawline filler injections is tricky. The mandibular area is relatively forgiving for bad or botched injections, but you obviously don’t want to run any experiments with your face. The most common complaint with jawline fillers is actually lack of appreciable results or results that last only a short while. Cutaneous layer at the level of the mandible is one of the densest and thickest in the face. It is extremely difficult to change it shape either with HA or Radiesse fillers. And given the propensity of HA fillers to simply diffuse over the injected area it is easy to understand why absence of results is the predominant “side effect”.

Having your procedure done by a fully experienced and board-certified physician increases your chances of fantastic results; a poor injector with little expertise naturally comes with a higher risk. For those who live in large cities like New York, there are a lot of doctors to choose from, and a lot of opportunity to do thorough research before selecting the physician to change your facial contour through jawline injections.  If you are unhappy with the results of your fillers, remember that most fillers are hyaluronic acid-based – these can be dissolved with hyaluronidase to bring you back to your original appearance. 

SLIMMING THE FACE WITH JAWLINE FILLER

If your primary issue is a wide face, fillers are probably not the way to go to get the chiseled jawline. Filler injections can enhance your chin or jawline, giving them extra volume from the profile aspect. You may be able to achieve the effect of a longer face using chin fillers, but the better option overall for slimming down the face is Botox for the masseters. People sometimes confuse fillers and Botox, but they are vastly different treatments; Botox relaxes the masseter muscles that, aside from the skeletal structure of your mandible, are the primary cause for a wide jaw, reducing their prominence and thereby making the face look thinner when looking from the front.

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE MY LARGE JAW LOOK SLIMMER?

A slender face is something many of us hope for. Especially for women, it’s easy to fret about the sides of the face being too large, or even bulging. In today’s society, most men look for a more structured and potentially wider jawline, as women want a contoured, yet softer lower face appearance as a “boxy” jaw is associated with a more masculine look. A popular treatment for slimming down the face is Botox. You may associate Botox mainly with getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles –– however, it can actually be used in facial contouring. Jaw Botox can relax other muscles to prevent signs of aging, it can also be applied to the masseters to paralyze and relax them. This visually alters the sides of your face, bringing them in for a less wide look.

Juvederm dermal filler chin enhancement before and after
35 year old patient 1 week post Juvederm filler injection for chin enhancement
Juvederm filler chin augmentation before and after
25 year old female underwent chin augmentation procedure with Juvederm filler

HOW DOES TMJ BOTOX SLIM THE FACE?

TMJ refers to temporomandibular joints – this relates to the bones of your jawline and the muscles surrounding them. The masseters are the muscles located at the sides of the jawline, alongside the mandible. Because of the frequent movement of the jaw, these muscles tend to get quite a workout over the years – overactive masseters, just like any other active muscles in the body, are larger in size.

Applying Botox to masseters reduces the tension and activity in these muscles. When botulinum toxin, which makes up Botox, is injected, it interferes with neural transmission, namely by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical neurotransmitter that tells muscles to contract. When it is curbed, muscles do not receive the signals to contract –– hence, the masseters experience muscular paralysis and relax. This leads to a slimmer, more flexible jawline. Botox does not reduce the fat in the neck, jawline, or chin area, but it can make your face look more narrow.

WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE JAWLINE AND DOUBLE CHIN FAT?

Neither Botox or filler will allow you to trim down the fat around your face –– but there are other non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments that can. The two most beloved ones are CoolSculpting and Kybella; both of these can slim down your face for a more appealing neck and jawline.

CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is used all over the face and body to reduce unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat. These areas of fat, aka adipose tissue, are melted through an application of a vacuum applicator that delivers controlled cooling temperatures directly into adipocytes, or fat cells. These fat cells, due to an extreme sensitivity to very cold temperatures, freeze and die off. The apoptosis of adipocytes, triggers an inflammatory response in the body – they become surrounded by macrophages and phagocytes, which eventually digest the lipid cells. Basically, fat cells are killed off and digested by the body. As the volume of adipocytes goes down, inflammation decreases and fat is trimmed away.

The CoolSculpting procedure is an excellent option for eliminating the chub under your chin, also known as submental fat,  as well as thickness around the jawline, like submandibular fat. You may need up to three CoolSculpting sessions to really see the difference, but people with less amounts of fat can see significant results in only one appointment. These results come over time, usually within one or two months as the fat cells are destroyed and digested by the body’s lymphatic system.

An alternative to fat freezing is Kybella. Kybella injections deliver deoxycholic acid into smaller, harder to reach areas of the face, neck, and jawline to break down fat cells. Just like CoolSculpting, the final outcome won’t be apparent for another one or two months after the treatment. Once this period is up, you will be left with a thinner face, neck, and finely tuned jawline – depending, of course, on where these methods are applied. 

Dr. Schwarzburg, who practices cosmetic dermatology in New York, utilizes all available minimally invasive approaches to achieve best possible outcomes to make your jawline stand out and have the most jaw-dropping results after the treatment.

GETTING KYBELLA OR COOLSCULPTING FOR JAWLINE SLIMMING

If your main focus is targeting fat, Kybella and CoolSculpting are both great options. There are a few things that set these two procedures apart, however. Kybella is more suited for addressing smaller spots of fat that are easier to reach with a needle or cannula; CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is much better for larger areas of the body or wide accumulations of fat. While Kybella is minimally invasive, it still involves injections; CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive and won’t leave you with any swelling.

WHAT IS A PDO JAWLINE LIFT?

We’ve already discussed volume building and fat reduction methods in detail; however, you may still be looking for a different way to combat sagging or drooping in the face. Many of us are most uncomfortable with a downwards look in our faces, particularly as it tends to become more aggravated with age. The kind of skin and fat sagging at the bottom of the face is commonly referred to as jowls or wattle. It is common to lose jawline definition as we age, with contributing factors including fat accumulation at the cervicomandibular angle, mandibular bone resorption and skin laxity. Age-related cutaneous elastosis tends to completely obliterate linear sharpness of the mandibular border as excess skin slides downward creating unattractive folds and crevices. There are very few non-surgical modalities that currently exist that can reverse these gravity induced changes and jawline thread lifting is the most effective. This is the treatment that gives you the effects of a face lift without the associated surgery: PDO facial threads

PDO face threads are inserted along the lateral aspects of the face; they feature prominent barbs, which pull the skin upward for a noticeable lifting effect. Non-surgical threads are often administered in the midface area to provide adequate support for the significant amount of tissue that needs to be lifted. This upward pull ends up giving you a more youthful and fresh look. 

Lifting the face using PDO threads is not a permanent solution, which a surgical face lift might be, but it does last quite some time, and doesn’t require a surgical recovery period, or most of the side effects that come with it. The results of this treatment generally stick around for up to two years. During this time, the treatment also triggers the natural production of collagen in the face. Overall, a PDO thread lift contributes to a plumper, younger face. Dr. Schwarzburg reminds that this is a highly complex procedure that requires extensive training and experience to properly perform. If you live in NYC contacting Skinly Aesthetics for your jawline PDO thread lift is the next logical step.

BREAKING DOWN THE COST OF JAWLINE CONTOURING IN NYC

While non-surgical jawline sculpting might seem like a bit of a budget strain for some, others find it vastly preferable to the amount of money you might have to shell out for surgical methods, such as implants or liposuction. Given that there are so many different types of treatments, it’s difficult to narrow them down to a single price. 

Jawline contouring and reshaping is a complex procedure where multiple issues must be addressed through different means. Sometimes it’s a bone structure issue, while at other times it’s a problem with excess fat or skin laxity. And as discussed previously, various minimally invasive modalities are necessary to correct each one of them. 

Jawline slimming with Botox usually costs $500-1200 per single treatment to narrow a wide jaw with masseter Botox injection. Jawline shaping and contouring with dermal fillers to restore a straight and prominent mandible, can be anywhere from $900 to $2000 per one syringe of Radiesse. Melting neck or chin fat with CoolSculpting usually costs $700-1200 per single CoolMini applicator. Kybella injections to dissolve submental fat are priced on average $700 per single vial. And finally the most complex procedure involving PDO thread lifting for a snatched and chiseled jawline can be $1500 to $3000.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET JAWLINE FILLER IN NEW YORK CITY?

The price of jawline filler in New York city usually varies based on the type of clinic you visit, the level of expertise of your provider, the type of filler used, and how many syringes, or vials, of filler you need. This, in turn, also comes down to your facial anatomy and how drastic the changes you want to see are. While prices may vary significantly, a single syringe generally costs between $600 and $1200 per single syringe of dermal filler such as Radiesse.

HOW EXPENSIVE IS BOTOX FOR JAWLINE CONTOURING?

Botox is often used in conjunction with fillers to achieve the desired face shape, especially when this involves jawline slimming. For this kind of Botox procedure, you will generally be paying around $400 to $1500 per single treatment. You may end up paying more if you need additional units of Botox; those with particularly tough masseter muscles may need extra amounts of neurotoxin to paralyze them. These can require up to 150 Botox units, as compared to a more modest estimate of 30 to 40 units.

WHAT IS THE COST OF COOLSCULPTING FOR JAWLINE DEFINITION IN NEW YORK CITY?

CoolSculpting applicators come in a wide range of shapes and sizes – the application of these depends on the area you want targeted, as well as how much fat needs to be eliminated. Some applicators also require longer sessions than others. Taking this into account, you can usually expect to pay between $600 and $1000 per CoolMini applicator at a New York City clinic. More unique applicators, like the CoolSculpt mini or CoolSculpt Plus, tend to come with heavier price tag because they can deliver a more specific result. 

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR KYBELLA FOR JAW RESHAPING IN NEW YORK CITY?

Kybella is an excellent fat trimming method that is more affordable than surgical methods like liposuction. Some people need multiple vials of Kybella to get their desired results – in NYC, the cost of these vials generally falls between $400 to $800. The overall amount of money that you will be spending on your Kybella treatment also depends on how many vials you need. While one person may only need 1 – 2 sessions, another could require 4 – 5 sessions needing 2 – 3 vials each.

HOW MUCH DOES A JAWLINE THREAD LIFT COST IN NYC?

Thread lifts can sometimes be on the pricier side, often around $2000 or $4000 if you are receiving your treatment in the NYC area. These non-surgical face lifts can vary in price depending on where you are getting the threads, the amount you need, how long the threads are, and what sort of threads they are. For example, there are lower cost threads that go for around $400, but this cost is misleading; not only will you likely need several of these threads, but they also are not the barbed kind that are actually required for an effective lifting result.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN TERMS OF MY JAWLINE CONTOURING BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS?

Depending on the type of jawline contouring you are working with, your before and after results can be evident in more ways than just one. If you’re going for a slimmer jawline with Botox injections, then you’ll be able to observe results within 1 – 2 weeks as your masseters gradually become weaker. If your goal is to add definition from a profile perspective using dermal fillers, your results will be immediate and last for up to 2 years! Procedures designed to lift lax skin, like PDO thread lifts also have incredible feedback on reliable sources like RealSelf, in which patients rave about the rejuvenating effects of these minimally invasive methods of jawline contouring. To get the jawline contouring before and after results you are looking for, the most important thing is for you to undergo a thorough consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg who will determine which treatment options are appropriate to meet your individual needs, as each patient must be treated uniquely.

PROS AND CONS OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE JAWLINE CONTOURING

Pros:

  • Minimally invasive cosmetic treatments involve no surgical intervention, avoiding the severe risks, side effects, complications, and downtime of surgical procedures.
  • All of the above treatments are FDA approved and safe when performed by a skilled and experienced board certified physician.
  • Minimally invasive jawline contouring involves minimal to no pain, making your overall experience a comfortable one, with amazing results.
  • Customizable based on your individual needs, there are a wide range of minimally invasive options to structure your jawline just the way you want it.

Cons:

  • Some minimally invasive options are not permanent and require periodic touch ups to maintain results.
  • May require several sessions to reach your desired, long lasting results.
  • Some minimally invasive treatments are well suited for certain individuals, which is why a thorough examination and consultation is extremely important to set realistic expectations.

WHERE CAN I GET JAWLINE CONTOURING IN NYC?

If you’re trying to find the best options to contour your jawline and don’t know where to start, Skinly Aesthetics located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is your new spot. Owned and operated by board certified cosmetic physician Dr. Schwarzburg, who specializes in minimally and non-invasive cosmetic treatments, Skinly offers a wide range of procedures that can get you that snatched jawline you’re looking for. Dr. Schwarzburg treats each and every one of his patients based on their individual needs, as there is no “one size fits all” approach to any medical undertaking, as we all have different aesthetic goals and anatomies. To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg to establish your unique treatment plan, you can contact us via text or phone call at (212) 774-4264, or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.