Young or old, the size and shape of your jawline can impact the overall balance and attractiveness of your face. For men, a strong, sculpted jawline is one feature that often conveys masculinity and appeal, while for women, defining and subtly reshaping this area can help make their face look slender and more feminine. One of the most telltale signs of aging? Jowls and a sagging jawline. If you’re looking to improving the look of your facial contours in San Francisco, you’re in luck – Dr. Maas offers a wide array of nonsurgical and surgical procedures that can be tailored to help you defy gravity and shape the face you want.

Principles of Facial Contouring

Even if you’re just looking to sharpen your chin, it is important to take into account your full facial anatomy, which Dr. Maas will do during your consultation to provide you with a treatment plan that will yield the most natural and beautiful results. By respecting the anatomic boundaries of different areas of the face, and softening the transition between them, Dr. Maas will help you to look better, without looking ‘overdone’.

For patients seeking to turn back the clock, it’s important to understand that beyond a reduction in the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, aging also results in the absorption of bone by the body, resulting in significant sagging in the lower face as the “scaffolding” of our facial structure slowly sinks. Addressing these changes will often require using a few different treatments that complement each other.

Non-Surgical Options

When it comes to eliminating fullness under the chin, both CoolSculpting and Kybella are scar-free, non-surgical options that can break down stubborn fat for good. Treatment results appear gradually but are permanent so long as a stable and healthy weight is maintained post-treatment.

A slimmer facial contour can also be achieved through the careful application of botulinum toxin injections like Botox or Dysport to relax and shrink the muscles around the cheek and jaw to soften the look of chubby cheeks or an overly angular jawline. The results of these injections can last up to a year.

Increasing the prominence of a weak chin, or masking some of the bone loss that comes with age can be done with the use of cosmetic fillers. There are multiple options available, all of which can be very effective when applied properly, although there are differences as it relates to their softness, pliability, or duration of their effect, with some fillers lasting 18 months or longer with a single treatment.

Injectable treatments performed at the Maas ClinicTM are virtually painless, and while there might be very slight swelling or bruising right after your treatment, these side effects are temporary.

To tighten the skin around the face and jawline, focused ultrasound treatments like Ultherapy stimulate the production of new collagen in the deep dermal layers of the skin that a face- or neck lift would address, providing a toning and lifting effect that can help redefine the jawline. While it doesn’t produce the same result as a surgical procedure would, it is a great alternative for those who don’t wish to go under the knife yet. It’s also an excellent treatment for patients who want to prolong the results of a surgical lift.

Minimally Invasive Options

An intermediate treatment for shaping the jawline, the Silhouette InstaLift involves placing absorbable sutures with small cones on them below the skin’s surface along the jawline or cheek. Beyond an immediate lifting effect, the sutures gradually stimulate the production of collagen in the skin for lasting, natural-looking results.

Taking approximately 45 minutes in our office as a simple outpatient procedure, it involves minimal downtime.

Surgical Options

For patients who desire more dramatic and lasting results, Dr. Maas provides a number of surgical options for jawline and facial contouring, based on your aesthetic goals. Every surgery is tailored to the exact needs of each patient. Buccal fat pad removal helps to thin out overly full or chubby looking cheeks, by removing the naturally occurring fat in the cheek hollow area. A chin augmentation or chin reduction is also another option for patients seeking to reshape this feature for a more balanced appearance. Patients after significant improvement in the look of sagging jowls can also consider a neck lift to reverse the signs of aging.

Whatever your goals for the look of your jawline and facial contours, the Maas ClinicTM has numerous treatment options that can help you achieve them. For all your facial contouring needs, choose Dr. Maas, an experienced plastic surgeon who understands the ins and outs of facial anatomy. Call (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email for more information. The information about jaw line and facial contours was reviewed by Corey S. Maas MDTM. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form on the sidebar.

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