Long-term procedures like facial implants aren’t for everyone, so non-surgical jawline contouring offers an easier way to get great results. If you want sharper contour, then Dr. Nadir Qazi of Qazi Cosmetic Clinic recommends dermal fillers to enhance your appearance.
What is Jawline Contouring?
Jawline contouring is a type of procedure where the jawline is enhanced using implants or dermal fillers. People with no separation between their neck and face may request a cosmetic procedure. Jawline contouring with facial implants involves a plastic surgeon placing silicone implants along your jawline. These accentuate the jaw bone and give the face greater contour. Jawline contouring, non-surgical and non-invasive, can also be done with dermal fillers. These are skin-safe injectables that add volume to the face.
Having a striking jawline is currently in vogue. While facial implants have leaped in popularity, many people want a way to get the look, but without it being permanent. The answer is dermal fillers for non-invasive, easy results.
Non-Surgical Jawline and Chin Contouring: What to Expect
One of the biggest benefits of jawline fillers is that even your prep instructions, procedure, and recovery will be easy. Unlike surgical implants, you don’t need any anesthesia, you won’t need time off work, and you don’t have to change your daily activities.
Before you go under the needle, you first need a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. Despite the popular belief, a consultation isn’t actually just rubber-stamping you for the procedure. Consultations are a very important part of the cosmetic process. There are 7 important things that happen during every consultation:
- You explain your goals and why you are interested in the procedure. During this part, it is important to be honest. No matter your reason, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best.
- Dr. Qazi will take your health history. You should bring a list of your medications and supplements. You should also be prepared to discuss your known drug allergies, medical conditions, any drug use, and alcohol habits.
- You should also disclose any previous experience with facial surgery, Botox, and dermal fillers. In some cases, your procedure history may affect your next procedure.
- You and Dr. Qazi will discuss your options and if you are a good candidate for non-surgical jawline contouring. While most people can safely get fillers, Dr. Qazi may recommend a different treatment in some cases.
- Dr. Qazi will walk you through the different types of filler and make a recommendation. He will also explain what you can expect for the procedure and give you your prep instructions.
- You will also have “before” photos taken. These photos are both for your benefit to document the transformation and so Dr. Qazi can plan the procedure.
- Finally, Dr. Qazi will walk you through any potential risks and complications. You will also be told how long you can expect your brand of filler to last.
During your consultation, you are both allowed and encouraged to ask questions. Even if you think it is a dumb question, ask anyway! This is your face and you have the right to know everything about the procedure. You are also allowed to ask questions at any point during the consultation.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that all potential patients do their due diligence before booking a procedure. There are some of the questions that the ASPS recommends that patients ask their provider:
- Ask about their qualifications and make sure that they are board-certified. This part isn’t really relevant to Dr. Qazi because he is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. However, as a general rule, you should only receive procedures from providers with extensive medical training.
- Request to see before and after photos of previous patients who look like you, have your skin tone, and your bone structure. This will give you a good idea of what your results can look like.
- Inquire about what the recovery normally looks like. You should also ask about potential side effects and what you should do if you have an adverse reaction after the appointment.
- Ask about your options for reversing the results. Some fillers can easily be dissolved. Whereas Dr Qazi only rarely dissolves fillers, it is an option if you have a previously unknown allergy to the filler ingredients.
- Get a timeline on when you should expect to see your final results.
You may need to briefly change your habits before the procedure. Depending on your medications, Dr. Qazi may instruct you to briefly stop taking certain prescriptions or supplements. You will need to stop taking blood thinners (including John’s Wort, Aspirin, primrose oil, and ginseng) a few days before the procedure. You should also abstain from drinking alcohol for 1-2 days before getting fillers. If your skincare routine includes retinols, glycolic acid, or retinoids, stop using them for 3-5 days.
While these may seem like small steps, your prep can have a big impact on your results. For example, taking blood thinners before the procedure will increase the amount of bruising.
Leading up to the procedure, you can eat normally. Patients are encouraged to be nourished for their procedure.
Non-surgical jawline contour with fillers is a fast, straight-forward procedure. Once you arrive at our Newport Beach office, you will be taken to a treatment room. If you arrived wearing makeup, you may be asked to remove it.
Dr. Qazi offers both topical numbing cream and pro-nox to patients. The numbing cream is applied so that you won’t feel the injections. Patients frequently describe the experience as no pain, just a bit of pressure. It takes about 30 minutes to fully kick in. It also wears off relatively fast after the procedure, so your whole face won’t be too numb.
Pro-nox is half nitrous oxide – like at the dentist – and half oxygen. You will have control of how much you are inhaling. Pro-nox is recommended for patients with anxiety or a needle phobia. In addition to making the procedure more comfortable, it will also calm you down. The effects of pro-nox wear off quickly, so you are back to being yourself within a few minutes.
Dr. Qazi may mark the locations of the injections on your face with a skin-safe marker. He will then inject the filler into the areas that will give you the best results. The actual procedure is very quick; sometimes it can be over in 20 minutes, depending on how much filler you are getting.
After the procedure, you may experience some slight bruising and swelling. You are safe to immediately return to work or school.
There isn’t really much of a recovery after non surgical jawline and chin contouring. You may feel sore and the treatment area will be slightly bruised and swollen for a few days. This is completely normal and will clear up on its own.
For the first 1-2 days, you should avoid wearing makeup, strenuous exercise, drinking alcohol, sleeping on your face, and heavy UV exposure.
Once injected, dermal fillers add instant volume. The moment you leave Dr. Qazi’s office, you may see some initial results. Once the bruising and swelling heals, you will get a better idea of your new look. However, not all the benefits of jawline contouring are obvious right away. It can take up to 6 weeks for your fillers to settle. Your skin will also gradually adjust to your new facial proportions.
Dermal fillers don’t only create volume under the skin. They also boost the body’s production of collagen. Since collagen is responsible for skin texture and elasticity, more collagen means better skin. It can take up to 6 months for the benefits of that extra collagen to be visible. It can be a bit of a wait sometimes, but it is worth the wait!
What Can Jawline Contouring Do for My Appearance?
If you’ve ever gotten fillers before, you know that they are very versatile. A little bit of filler along the jaw and the chin can drastically improve your appearance. Patients often report loving their results and feeling more confident with their new look.
Non-surgical jawline and chin contouring is especially beneficial for men. A stronger jawline can make you look and feel more masculine. It can change how you see the world and how the world sees you.
Jawline contouring with fillers is ideal for:
- Treating a weak or recessed chin
- Changing facial shape if one has a round face
- Giving structure to the face, making the patient more memorable
- Create separation between the face and the neck by enhancing the jawline
- Reverse lost facial volume from aging
- Treat mild jowls
- Give patients with long, flat faces greater definition
- Create a more masculine profile by strengthening the jawline
- Giving models a cutting jawline, which is great for high fashion and runway work
What Are the Types of Dermal Fillers?
There are 5 types of fillers: calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres.
1. Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)
Radiesse is one of the best fillers for non-surgical jawline contouring. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound that is naturally found in the human body, specifically in bones. Dr. Qazi likes to use Radiesse for the jawline because this bone-adjacent filler is suitable for approximating bone structure. Radiesse has a long history as a safe filler; because it is biosynthetic, patients are less likely to be allergic to any of the ingredients.
Radiesse normally lasts 12 to 18 months in the jawline. Overtime, the body will naturally dissolve it and you will need new injections.
2. Hyaluronic Acid (Juvederm)
Juvederm is like the Swiss army knife of dermal fillers. It can be used to treat everything from wrinkles and facial lines to acne scars and re-shaping the lips. Juvederm can also be used for non-surgical jawline and chin contouring. One of the biggest benefits of Juvederm is that it can easily be reversed. A shot of hyaluronidase will dissolve the substance if you have an allergic reaction or don’t like the results as much as you thought. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the joints and can be used to treat arthritis.
3. Polyalkylimide (Aquamid)
Aquamid is also an ideal filler to use in jawline and chin contouring. Aquamid is biocompatible with tissue, so it is rare for patients to have an allergic reaction. It has a low migration rate, but can be removed if necessary. After the first month, a layer of collagen will form around the filler. This type of dermal filler is also ideal for patients who require a large amount of filler to be injected at once.
It is also one of the longest lasting dermal fillers. Aquamid can last up to 15 years in the body. For some patients this is a perk, for others it is a drawback.
4. Polylactic Acid (Sculptra)
If Sculptra sounds familiar, that’s because it is the same filler used in Dr. Qazi’s California Buttlift procedure. While Sculptra is excellent for treating lines and wrinkles, it isn’t the best for jawline contouring. Sculptra is less about volume and more about stimulating collagen production. However, some patients request Sculptra injection to go with their jawline contouring. The combo treatment can improve the appearance of jowls in older patients.
5. Polymethyl-Methacrylate Microspheres (Bellafill)
Bellafill is another filler that is better for wrinkles than it is for jawline contouring. Bellafill is best for small areas of the face and creating volume in small amounts. This is why it is great for treating depressed acne scars. Bellafill would require a lot of injections to achieve the results of jawline contouring. However, it may be suitable for small chin augmentation to balance the face or touch up the results of a previous procedure.
Bellafill lasts 2 to 5 years.
Are You Ready for Non-Invasive Jawline Contouring?
If you want a jawline that can cut glass (not literally), then you’ve come to the right place. Qazi Cosmetic Clinic is now accepting new patients for non-surgical jawline contouring. Schedule a consultation today to learn if the procedure is right for your goals.