According to the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the year of the rabbit—but as far as facial plastic surgeons are concerned, it’s the year of the jawline. From the sudden emergence of “Ozempic face” in real life to Ken’s chiseled chin taking over the big screen, inspiration is literally everywhere.
But while the Barbie movie has upped the sex appeal of the snatched jawline, the reality of life after weight-loss drugs could be one reason for the uptick in facial cosmetic procedures.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 60% of facial plastic surgeon members report seeing an increase of patients presenting with “Ozempic Face”—a side effect of the weight loss drug Semaglutide that results in facial deflation. In addition, 34% of members believe that patients are more interested in facelifts and neck lifts and other neck procedures than ever before.
Here, Theda Kontis, MD, president of the AAFPRS and Mark Hamilton, M.D., AAFPRS Chair, Public Information Committee, share their expert insight in effective jawline solutions.
“As we all know every patient is different so the optimal technique for improving your jawline varies depending on your individual anatomy,” says Kontis. “One size does not fit all. Most patients can realize improvement with these options, whether it’s injectable fillers, implants, or surgery to define the jawline.”
Here are seven treatment options that, when properly implemented by a qualified physician, have earned the AAFPRS seal of approval for that #SnatchedJawline.
1. A Lower Facelift
Focusing on all the parts below the corners of the mouth including the marionette lines, jawline, submental (under chin) area, jowls, and the neck, a lower facelift is the most invasive in this list, but it’s the gold standard for creating that chiseled jawline. A lower facelift repositions sagging deep tissues, removes excess skin, and uses incisions around the ears to conceal scars. Recovery is 10-14 days, and the results can last 8-10 years.
2. Chin Implants
To help give shape to a small chin and weak jawline, look no further than a chin implant. “There are all kinds of implant options, but solid silicone tends to be the most preferred among surgeons,” says Kontis. “They’re biocompatible, have a very low infection rate, and look and feel incredibly natural.”
This injectable treatment is being touted as one of the most effective ways to treat early jowling and submental chin fat (read: double chin). “Typically, patients experience swelling and bruising in the treated region for a week or two, with visible improvement thereafter,” says Kontis. Often, patients need two to three treatments for optimal improvement, but the results are long-lasting.
Hyaluronic acid gels, such as Volux, can add volume to areas lacking definition, lending a more youthful and “cut” appearance. “This is an instant gratification procedure, meaning patients can expect to leave the office with the results they were hoping for,” says Kontis.
5. Radiofrequency and Ultrasound Devices
“There are several non-invasive energy (ultrasound or radio frequency) devices available to help improve the jawline and stimulate collagen,” says Hamilton. “They are effective and a nice alternative to fractional laser treatments, which require more downtime and can’t be used on all skin types.” One caveat: Whether patients opt for ultrasound or radiofrequency, a few treatments are typically required as results can be subtle. In addition, these non-surgical procedures are typically used in the early stages of neck and jawline laxity or as a complement to surgical procedures.
Once again proving their efficacy outside of wrinkles, neuromodulators can be incredibly effective in defining the jawline. “By making the masseter smaller, neuromodulators can create the illusion of a more sculpted jawline,” says Kontis. “This is especially effective for Asian patients who tend to have more prominence here.” Also, the “Nefertiti Necklift” is performed by injecting neurotoxin along the jawline and neck, which also can help define the jawline in some patients.
Classic lipo is still one of the fastest, most effective ways to tighten up—especially for patients hoping to ditch that dreaded double chin. “To reduce excess fat under the chin, it’s the gold standard,” says Hamilton.
The most important aspect, however, is for patients to find surgeons who are specialized in face, head, and neck procedures, Hamilton says.