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Jawline Contouring

A procedure or combination of treatments to enhance and define the jawline. Dr. Frankel considers four options when he is assessing an individual and how he might improve the overall aesthetics of this vital anatomic structure.

Jawline Contouring in Beverly Hills

The four types of manipulations for improving the jawline

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Preparation & Expectations of Jawline Contouring Procedure

Preparation for Jawline Contouring

Preparation for Jawline Contouring

No preparation is required for injectables.

All of the surgical options for jawline contouring can be done under local anesthesia with sedation if the patient desires and that obviates the need for any blood work or preoperative medical clearance.

Length of Jawline Contouring treatment

Length of Jawline Contouring treatment

These operations are relatively quick and are usually completed within one and a half hours

Recovery time from Jawline Contouring treatment

Recovery time from Jawline Contouring treatment

Patients should be able to return to their work and social lives within ten days.

Light cardiovascular exercise may begin after a week but return to full exercise with weight training, yoga or pilates will take three weeks.

Jawline Contouring Aftercare

Jawline Contouring Aftercare

There is only one small surgical scar from these procedures and the bruising and swelling are located in the neck.

The final result will take roughly four months to fully manifest.

Find out more about the surgical process and how to prepare for surgery.

Jawline Contouring Procedure FAQs

What is Jawline Contouring?

A procedure or combination of treatments to enhance and define the jawline. Dr. Frankel considers four options when he is assessing an individual and how he might improve the overall aesthetics of this vital anatomic structure; Chin Augmentation, Submental Lipo, Platysma Plication And Fillers & Neuromodulators.

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation is a procedure designed for patients with a small (under projected) or short chin, which makes the face appear out of balance with the rest of the face. Surgery involves placing an implant through a small incision under the chin and the downtime is minimal. Occasionally, Dr. Frankel may suggest injecting filler to the chin in an attempt to simulate what the surgery would accomplish or to make a subtle improvement without the need for surgery. Filler is not quite the same as an implant, but sometimes it can suffice and give you an idea of the effect.

What is Submental Lipo?

This removes subcutaneous fat from beneath the chin and mandible to reveal a more defined chin and jawline. With the fat no longer present, the underlying bony structure becomes emphasized. Liposuction is done with a hollow cannula and carries very little risk of complications. It can be performed alone but is frequently combined with other procedures.

What Is Platysma Plication?

The platysma muscles are two paired superficial muscles that often obscure the angle between the jaw and neck. The muscles can also be seen as vertical ‘bands’ sagging under the chin and creating a ‘Turkey Neck’. These muscles can be approached from a small incision under the chin and modified in a number of ways to improve the contour of the jawline. Surgery on the platysma muscles requires that the patient wear a compressive dressing for several days following the operation.

How can fillers & neuromodulators improve a jawline?

In people who are developing laxity to their lower facial soft tissues and beginning to notice subtle jowls forming, injections of filler can be very helpful. Additionally, people with otherwise narrow mandibles or chins can also benefit from targeted placement of volume along the jaw. Dr. Frankel has proven that Neuromodulators can improve chin aesthetics and published a paper and lectured on this topic. And injections to the platysma muscles can also create better definition of the edge of the jaw as well as lift the soft tissues slightly.

What options do I have for implants?

Chin implants are crafted from solid silicone. They are firm rubber, but they do not lose their shape over time. These implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and this makes it easy to find the perfect framing for your chin’s new look.

What will the doctor discuss during the consultation?

During the consultation, Dr. Frankel will look at your bone structure and see if you’re a good candidate for chin augmentation. If you are, he will discuss the different sizes and shapes of the implants and the different options available to you and use the computer to simulate your desired outcome. You’ll also discuss things you must do before and after the surgery, what happens during the surgery, and potential complications or risks.

What happens during the surgery?

After the anesthesia is administered, Dr. Frankel makes a small incision below the chin and creates a pocket for the implant. The implant is then secured in place by making sure the pocket is snug or by affixing it to the soft tissue or bone. Once the implant is in place, the incision is sutured.

Are there lasting scars?

While there is a small scar following a chin augmentation, it’s small and hidden below your chin.

Are there things I should do prior to the surgery?

You will be provided with a list of pre-op instructions. You will be required to stop taking aspirin or other blood thinning medications two weeks before surgery, as these can lead to issues with bleeding and clotting. In addition, you’ll need to arrange for transportation to and from the surgery.

If you smoke, you must discontinue smoking at least three weeks prior to surgery. Cease all forms of nicotine, as well as vaping. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the skin, compromises healing, and jeopardizes a healthy result.

What is the recovery like?

Following the surgery, expect to have some pain, bruising and mild swelling. At seven days, Dr. Frankel will remove your stitches. You can return to work around that time, if you feel ready. You will see improvements immediately, but the final shape of your chin can take up to four months to settle in as swelling fades.

To prevent bleeding and increased swelling, avoid extreme physical activity, including athletic activities and intercourse. After 24 hours, you are encouraged to go for light walks and strolls. Light cardio, such as an elliptical machine or spin bike on a low resistance can begin on post-operative day seven. Do not engage in any heavy cardiovascular activity (running), any activity that involves straining (weight lifting) or anything that involves bending over (yoga, pilates) for at least three weeks, unless otherwise instructed.

What do I need to avoid following the surgery?

Avoid all contact sports until you have healed. You do not want to risk damage to your chin or the implant.

What are the risks and complications?

Dr. Frankel will perform your surgery safely and with the utmost care in order to obtain the best possible results. However, every surgery does have possible risks and complications. Chin augmentation is a very safe procedure with low risk. Following the surgery, there may be some bruising and swelling, scarring, inflammation, skin sensitivity, nerve injury or loss of sensation in the chin. Infection is another risk. If an infection sets in, the doctor may have to remove the implant. Finally, there is the chance that the implant will shift while your body heals.

Does insurance cover chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation is an aesthetic surgery, so medical insurance does not usually pay for the procedure. There are exceptions to the rule, usually in cases where the surgery is to repair damage caused by trauma, like a car accident. Our patient coordinator can help you find out if your insurance provider will cover part or all of the procedure.

What jawline contouring office is near me?

If you live near Beverly Hills, CA, DR. Andrew Frankel, offers jawline contouring among its services and is conveniently located at 201 S Lasky Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

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