Dr. Leedy and his staff were easy to work with and worked closely with me to ensure I felt comfortable and prepared. From scheduling, to the actual surgery, and through the recovery, I am extremely happy with the entire process. On top of that, the results of my surgery could not have turned out better. I would highly recommend Dr. Leedy!
Are you looking to soften and/or feminize your jawline and chin? Would you like to reduce facial squareness or angularity?
To make your quest for more feminine features a little simpler, the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about jawline enhancement. Here’s everything you need to know, all in one place.
How do I know what the most aesthetic jawline is for me?
The ideal jawline differs between men and women.
- For men, having a square and angular jaw is considered more attractive. Male jaws are longer and result in a longer overall facial height. In women, oval shaped and obtuse angles are considered more attractive.
In order to measure how square the lateral jawline is, we utilize the gonial angle and it normally ranges between 120 and 130o.
- A more acute angle is considered to be more masculine, whereas a more obtuse angle contributes to a feminine, oval shaped lower face.
How much the chin protrudes from the face is also an important determinant of facial balance.
- The ideal chin’s most projection portion forms a line connecting the most projection portion of the upper and lower lips when viewed from the side (the Riedel line).
When looking at the lower face from the front, the chin’s ideal proportion also varies between men and women. A tapered chin that is equal or less than the width of distance between the inner corners of the eyes is considered more attractive in women, compared to a squarer and wider chin in a male.
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The most frequently asked questions about jawline enhancement
There are several options to address micrognathia, or a small chin. First, it is important to make sure that your jaws are well aligned; jaws that are imbalanced could require different interventions.
Genioplasty, or chin surgery, involves the creation of controlled fractures in the mandible to re-shape and advance the bone in the chin, resulting in more projection. The bone can also be reshaped to narrow or widen the chin. The bone will need to be fixated in position with tiny plates and screws made from titanium to prevent movement during healing.
- Genioplasty is typically performed using an incision that is hidden inside of the mouth under your lip.
Chin implants are a great option that do not require fractures in the bone. Chin implants are typically made from medical grade silicone and are placed directly onto the bone of the mandible to increase chin projection. Chin implants may also increase chin length and width depending on the shape of the implant and goals of surgery.
- Chin implants are placed through a small incision hidden underneath your chin.
Another option to improve chin projection, length, and width is the use of Dermal Fillers like Juvederm Volux or Restylane Defyne that are FDA approved for use in the chin. Dermal Fillers can be used in experienced hands to make improvements that are long lasting, but not permanent.
Additionally, submental liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that can help to remove fat from the chin. Combined with genioplasty or chin augmentation, this procedure can sharpen the angle between your chin and your neck and make your chin appear to project more.
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A chin that is either too wide, too long, or too projecting should be assessed by a plastic or maxillofacial surgeon experienced in jaw surgery. To make a chin smaller, controlled fractures need to be made in the mandible to reshape the bones and remove portions of bone that lead to excess bulk. The bones then need to be fixated using tiny titanium plates and screws to prevent movement during healing.
To prepare for reduction genioplasty, you will need to have special x-rays taken of your face to plan your surgery. A specialist from our Institute may also perform simulations with you in order to give you an idea of what to expect.
Depending on your overall facial dimensions and balance, additional procedures might be necessary to provide you with the best results.
- Submental liposuction removes fatty deposits below your chin, which helps to define the angle between your jaw and your neck. Fat can also be contoured by the angle of the mandible and along the side of the jaw to further define the gonial angle.
- If the angle of the mandible is too small or too narrow, sometimes adding a Dermal Filler such as Juvederm Volux can improve the definition of the jaw and the width of the lower face.
- If you feel like your mandible and lower face is too wide, other procedures to consider include weakening the masseter muscle with a neurotoxin such as Botox, reducing buccal fat pads, and/or shaving the mandibular angle might be necessary to achieve your goals.
Call the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute or schedule a consultation online to find out which procedures are right for you. We’re excited to be a part of your journey!