Have you ever wished you had a more defined, chiseled jawline? Or that you could finally get rid of that stubborn double chin? You’re not alone: among both male and female patients, jawline treatments are a top request here at our office. And, in fact, they’re a popular request at med spas across the entire country, from California to New York. Luckily, there are numerous non-invasive treatments that can help you correct a weak jawline by reducing unwanted fat, tightening the skin, or adding volume. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at the four top jawline treatments: Ultherapy, Thermitight, Sculptra, and Kybella. Keep reading to learn how these treatments work, what they treat, and how they can help you get the defined jawline you’ve been dreaming of.
Top Jawline Treatments:
Treatment Type: Skin-Tightening
A weak jawline can be caused by several different factors, such as loose skin, excess fat, or weak bone structure. For those with a weak jawline due to loose skin, Ultherapy can be an excellent option.
Ultherapy is a skin-tightening treatment that works to correct a weak jawline that is caused by sagging or loose skin, which is often the result of aging. Because Ultherapy lifts and tightens the skin on the face and neck, this treatment has earned the nickname the “non-surgical face lift” or the “non-surgical neck lift.”
Ultherapy works through the application of ultrasound energy. During an Ultherapy treatment, ultrasound energy is applied to the skin, which causes collagen stimulation. When collagen growth is stimulated, the treated area becomes more firm, tight, and smooth, lifting and tightening sagging skin.
While it takes a bit of time to see the result of an Ultherapy treatment (often around six months for full results), the results of Ultherapy are long lasting, often lasting up to several years. Additionally, the results of Ultherapy can be maintained with follow up treatments.
Treatment Type: Dramatic Skin-Tightening
Thermitight is another skin-tightening treatment, though this one gives even more dramatic results than Ultherapy. Like Ultherapy, Thermitight works by stimulating collagen growth, though it does so in a different way. During a Thermitight treatment, controlled heat energy is applied to the body, which penetrates the skin deeply and causes dramatic collagen production.
Thermitight can be an excellent treatment for those who have a high amount of excess skin due to drastic weight loss, aging, or genetics. Thermitight is an especially popular treatment for those seeking to tighten loose neck skin (commonly referred to a “turkey neck”).
Treatment Type: Collagen Stimulator, Changes the Shape of the Jawline
Sculptra is a long-lasting injectable collagen stimulator that can be used to change the shape of the jawline. This jawline treatment is often the best non-surgical option for those who have a weak jawline due to their bone structure.
Unlike many other fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid, which only fill the skin, Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid, which is a substance that both fills the skin and stimulates new collagen growth. Because of how Sculptra works, it can change the shape of the jawline for a much longer period of time than hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. While most HA fillers last for only 6 months to 2 years, Sculptra can last for up to five years.
In addition to being useful for changing the shape of the jaw, Sculptra can sometimes be a good treatment option for those who have jowls. Fillers like Sculptra can reduce the appearance of jowls when injected in the cheeks and the skin around the jawline and mouth. Using Sculptra in this way can plump and lift the skin around and above the jowls, which can lead to a smoother look along the jawline.
Treatment Type: Fat Reduction (“Double Chin” Reduction)
Last up, we have Kybella, a great option for those who have a weaker jawline due to excess submental fat (more commonly known as “double chin”).
Kybella is a simple injectable treatment that breaks down and removes fat. Kybella is made from a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is the molecule in our bodies that allows us to break down and absorb fat. When Kybella is injected under the skin over a series of 2 to 4 treatments, it dissolves excess fat. So long as a Kybella patient does not gain weight after their treatment, the jaw-defining results of this treatment are permanent.
Are There Other Treatments for the Jawline?
While Ultherapy, Thermitight, Sculptra, and Kybella are four of the best treatments for defining the jawline, these aren’t the only treatments that can change the shape of the lower face and neck. Everyone’s jawline is different and, while one of these four treatment options can often be the most effective treatment to reach a patient’s aesthetic goals, sometimes other treatments are more appropriate.
There are other treatments that can slim down the neck, defining the jawline. One example would be CoolSculpting, which can be a good option for those with a double chin that is the result of excess fat, rather than excess skin. Also, CoolSculpting is sometimes used in conjunction with a skin-tightening treatment like Ultherapy or Thermitight, which can help address both excess fat and excess skin.
There are also treatments that work well for those who have more mild sagging around the jawline due to signs of aging or sun damage to the skin, who may not yet need treatments as strong as Ultherapy and Thermitight. Things like laser treatments, chemical peels, microneedling, and certain specialized facials can lift the skin and give it a more youthful appearance. While these treatments are commonly used as anti-aging or general skincare treatments, they can also tighten and lift the skin.
Then there are treatments that are designed to change the shape of the jaw in a different way. Many people want to define their jaw. However, others may have a jaw that they feel is too defined and desire to slim it down. An obvious solution to an overly prominent jawline is plastic surgery. However, many do not want to undergo surgical procedures to slim down their jawline. For some of these patients, there is the option of using Botox in the jaw muscles. Sometimes, the jaw looks more prominent because of the jaw muscles, rather than the jaw bone alone. But when Botox is injected into the jaw muscles, it weakens these facial muscles, causing them to relax and look more slim. This can give patients a much slimmer jawline without them even having to undergo local anesthesia, let alone invasive facial plastic surgery. While this treatment wouldn’t be the right fit for everyone, it can be an excellent, simple solution for certain patients.
Which Jawline Treatment Is Right For You?
The root cause of a weak jawline is different for everyone. When treating the jawline, it’s important to address the cause of your unhappiness with this area and then select a treatment (or, sometimes, multiple treatments) that will help to correct the underlying issues.
If you’re considering Ultherapy, Thermitight, Sculptra, or Kybella for the jawline, contact us to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Zadeh, an award-winning, board certified plastic surgeon. At your consultation, Dr. Zadeh will examine your jawline, learn your aesthetic goals, and create a treatment plan that will help you get the attractive, defined jawline you dream of.
Dr. Michael Zadeh is a Board Certified Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zadeh’s accomplishments in the field of Surgery and Non-Surgical Aesthetics along with his commitment to superior patient care have made him a winner of multiple awards and honors.