Angular, contoured jawlines are facial features considered universally attractive—for both women and men. Instagram and Snapchat filters virtually sculpt well-defined jawlines by slimming the users’ necks, and YouTube features countless tutorials on using makeup to create contours. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I perform neck liposuction and neck lift surgery in Los Angeles to create the jawlines patients desire in real life—IRL.
Nonsurgical techniques such as KYBELLA® or filler injections provide patients with alternatives but typically won’t produce the dramatic results created using surgical procedures. In this blog post, I’ll describe the techniques I use for patients who want contoured jawlines that, in this age of social media, may be more coveted than a slim waistline.
Fat tends to accumulate in the neck for some people, even if they’re not overweight. Removing this fat is necessary to create a defined jawline. Liposuction for the neck requires more precision than needed for larger areas, so I prefer to use power-assisted liposuction (PAL) for these patients. It’s also gentler than other liposuction techniques, minimizing trauma to the treatment area and reducing recovery time. I’ve found that combining laser skin tightening with neck liposuction produces impressive results for my Los Angeles-area patients.
Women and men who have “weak” chins can benefit from implants. A more prominent chin helps create a distinction between the neck and jawline, creating a more appealing look. I insert the implant through a small incision, usually made below the chin, that is barely visible. Patients uncertain about getting implants can choose fillers for a temporary solution. Fillers can give them an idea of how an implant would look.
Patients with jowls and saggy neck skin are usually best served by getting a neck lift. Often combined with a mini-facelift, a neck lift produces dramatic results and is an excellent choice for men and women who are self-conscious about the appearance of their necks. The procedure has a 95% “worth it” rating on the RealSelf website because the results are so transformational.
I tailor my technique to the needs of the patient. For example, I may perform a “skin only” neck lift that tightens skin on the throat and is less invasive than other techniques such as a platysmaplasty. A platysmaplasty addresses neck bands and tightens muscles as well as skin.
You can see for yourself the types of results a neck lift can produce in our gallery of before-and-after photos of actual patients. Knowing the procedure you need to get a well-defined jawline involves consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can contact us using the online form or call us directly at (310) 300-1779 to schedule an appointment.
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