Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | August 5th, 2015
The jawline is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of the face, and having a proportionate jawline can be one of the biggest contributors to overall facial harmony. Though the jawline can be often overlooked when considering cosmetic changes, slight modifications to the chin and jawline can have a great impact in correcting any facial imbalances.
As with other facial features, there are different characteristics of an ideal jawline for men and women. The ideal jaw for a man is strong, with more prominent angles and a pronounced chin. The latest trend has been stronger, squarer jawlines than those of the past, and some men even choose a chin augmentation to balance out their naturally strong noses in lieu of a rhinoplasty. For women, the ideal jaw has softer, more feminine characteristics, though of course each patient will have a different definition of “ideal,” depending on their personal facial characteristics.
A well-defined, proportional jawline and chin are characteristics of youth and attractiveness, and these factors can even improve your performance in the workplace. There are now many options, both surgical and non-surgical, to provide the desired facial changes. A great non-surgical option is a chin augmentation using fillers such as Radiesse and Voluma. A filler chin augmentation is not a permanent option, as the fillers will naturally be broken down and absorbed by the body within 6-12 months, but it is a great option for those who are not yet ready for surgery but would like to see what the changes would look like.
For patients desiring a permanent solution, there is the option of a surgical chin augmentation, using a medical grade silicone chin implant. Dr. De Silva tailors the implant to each individual, and offers great flexibility in both size and shape when determining what changes would best fit their face. Men and women need different sculpting of the implant to give the best natural looking result, men a stronger more square jawline and for women a more ‘heart-shaped’ jaw line.
To achieve their desired results, some patients may even benefit from a jaw advancement surgery in conjunction with their chin augmentation. Though this surgery is more invasive, it can help correct a recessed chin or jawline and bring it into more prominence. With time everything has a tendency to sag as a result of laxity of soft tissue, gravity and general ageing, Dr. De Silva ensures that the chin implant stays in its ideal position long-term by securing the implant with two tiny titanium screws, these ensure that no movement can occur with time.
For those who already have a great underlying structure, but whose chin and jawlines have become less defined over the years due to the aging process, face and neck lifts can help improve skin laxity. By addressing the sagging skin, the youthful contours are once more revealed, and can be a great way to look and feel younger and rejuvenated.
If you are interested in learning more about improving your facial balance by addressing the jawline, please contact Dr. Julian De Silva for a consultation. Dr. De Silva is experienced with chin augmentations and can help determine the best solution for you.