When we think of facial aging, we tend to think of lines and wrinkles. But a sagging jawline is another common sign of aging that can make you look — and feel — dramatically older.
At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, uses special techniques to gently sculpt jawlines to help your face and profile look more youthful. Here’s how jawline contouring can help you look younger and feel more confident.
How jawline contouring works
When we’re young, our jawline defines the shape and contours of our face. The line between the jawline and the neck is sharp and distinct, creating a firm, youthful curve that outlines the face and enhances our other features.
But as we age, a decline in collagen combined with years of sun exposure and gravity all combine to cause facial sagging. Eventually, our jawline becomes less distinct, and puffy “jowls” replace the outline that separates the face from the neck area.
If your jawline is already rounded or “soft,” these effects can be magnified. Plus, an indistinct jawline tends to make you look heavier, even when your body contours are slim and trim.
Looking younger with jawline contouring
If you’re unhappy with your jawline contours, you might think having a facelift is the only way to get the desired results. But actually, there are less invasive options that can still help you achieve the results you want.
Our team offers both buccal fat removal and Botox® to resculpt jawline contours for tailored therapy focused on your goals.
Buccal fat removal
Buccal refers to the cheek, an area of the face with substantial fatty tissue. For people with round, “baby” faces, extra buccal fat can leave the face looking less defined, especially as you get older.
Buccal fat removal uses tiny incisions made inside your cheeks near your gums to remove excess fat for a more sculpted, more chiseled appearance for your jawline and your cheek area, too. The procedure takes under an hour and can provide dramatic results.
If you have large muscles supporting your jaws, your jaw can look heavy and undefined, too. Some people naturally have large muscles, while others develop large ones thanks to grinding and clenching habits.
Botox is a neuromuscular agent that blocks nerve signals between specific muscles and your brain, preventing those muscles from contracting. Botox relaxes overworked facial muscles for a sleeker, trimmed jawline and a more youthful appearance overall.
In addition to these two treatments, we offer dermal fillers to help redefine facial contours. For some people, using dermal fillers to restore lost volume in the cheek and jaw areas gently lifts the lower part of the face, including drooping jowls.
Look the age you feel
Jawline contouring is just one way we can help you look and feel your best at every age. To learn more about jawline contouring and other treatments we offer, book an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in McLean and Dulles, Virginia, today.