JAW BREAKER: JAWLINE CORRECTION DECODED

Cosmetic procedures to correct, enhance or augment the jawline are increasingly finding acceptance among men. Read on to know more.

Ever wondered how significant a jawline is to your facial appearance or attractiveness quotient? If not, just visualize the faces of Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Robert Pattinson, David Beckham and Akshay Kumar, and you would realise it is a strong, well-defined jaw that is a common factor in them.

Often, we tend to believe that it is the nose or the lips that are the main markers of facial aesthetics. However, you might be surprised to know that the lowest part of the face featuring the chin and the two sides of the jaw are as much crucial to your appearance, as any other facial feature.

A strong jawline represents youth and vigor, and lends a special attractive feature to a man’s face. While a well-defined one adds to the attractiveness of women, the fairer sex tends to have a thinner jaw that narrows down at the bottom. In case of men, however, a broad jaw and a prominent jawline are considered a major aspect of beauty. In fact, few researches proclaimed that women rate men with strong jawline more attractive as compared to those who have a narrow jaw.

Who needs jawline correction?

The practice of facial aesthetics divides the face into three parts – the upper, middle and the lower. The prime concerns in the upper segment of the face involves stress lines on the forehead, and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet); the middle section involves the aesthetic concerns around the nose, cheek bones and the under eye areas whose appearance is crucial to look young and fresh. The lower part of the face deals with the chin and the jawline. The chin, the middle part of the jaw and the angular area – these are the three dimensions of a jawline. A procedure to make it look more pronounced and refined has to address all three.

In India, the trend is only catching up with men in the entertainment business or those hoping to make it there. Others, who have experienced drooping of skin as part of ageing also desire a correction to appear more youthful. If you are unhappy with the shape or size of your jawline comprising the chin and the jaw right up to the ears, you may consider a visit to an aesthetic physician.

Some people also take recourse to surgical procedures which involve a surgeon cutting open the portion of the face and inserting silicon or fat implants to give a more prominent appearance to your jaw. However, not all people are comfortable with the idea of going under the knife. Some may be weary of cutting and bleeding, others may be uneasy at the thought of the surgery going wrong and leaving them with a not-so-pleasant appearance. Such people often opt for non-surgical procedures that are convenient and quick but are not permanent. This can be done using Botox and fillers like Juvederm.

How it is done non-surgically?

When administered into the desired area, hyaluronic acid-based fillers add volume to it, making it look more pronounced in people who have a thinner jaw. In others, who lack definition, the fillers can be used to provide a better shape and definition.

At the same time the loosening and sagging skin of the lower jaw and neck can be pulled up together by tightening the muscle activity of the area using Botox. This will result in a better defined jaw.

A combination treatment can give u a new jawline. The masseter muscles of the neck and the salivary glands can be sculpted and tightened using Botox and other tools that give more substance to the bone. To address excess fat in the area, we can use other equipment that employ heating or freezing techniques to reduce excess fat.

In a younger person, we can build the jawline, using these techniques and the same will grow nicer with age because you already have a structure.

Dr Rashmi Shetty, leading Aesthetic Physician; founder of Ra Skin & Aesthetics; Author, Age Erase

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