Appeal, confidence, and even masculinity are traits that are often associated with a chiselled, square jawline and a defined chin. However, ageing and genetics can sometimes steal the show, leading to double chins, loose skin, and jowls. This pattern exists despite the popular perception of a well-defined jaw-neck distinction and harmony with other facial features defining the ‘ideal’ male jawline.
Addressing the dissatisfaction many men experience with these changes in facial structural weakness, a host of both non-surgical and surgical procedures can provide transformative results. These include balneotherapy, dermal fillers, chin implants, liposuction, and neck lifts. Utilisation of these procedures is becoming more widespread among men as part of their journey towards wellness and presenting their best selves.
Chin implants, a form of surgical chin augmentation, involve the insertion of an implant, usually made of silicone, to effectively alter chin projection, width, or length. Another surgical procedure, the sliding genioplasty, employs the repositioning of a section of the chin bone. Both operations call for a recovery period involving swelling and some discomfort.
On the other hand, liposuction for the chin entails making small incisions and using a cannula to rid the area of excess fat, while a neck lift works by eliminating sagging skin, muscle banding and any extra fat. These procedures yield significant results but may also lead to bruising and swelling, with a recovery time of several days to weeks.
For men preferring a non-invasive route, dermal fillers offer an option to inject more volume and definition into the jawline. This is a quick procedure often completed within a few minutes and involves very minor swelling or bruising at the injection sites.
Every man’s needs are unique. While some may require only a few syringes of filler, others may resort to surgical strategies, especially when tackling loose skin. Therefore, consulting a certified plastic surgeon is of utmost importance, allowing men to discuss their objectives and the surgeon to suggest an individualized plan that meets these specific needs, rather than focusing on specific procedures.
Emphasising the central role of the chin and neck in facial aesthetics, it should be reiterated that the first step towards obtaining that sought-after jawline lies in consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Here, various factors are taken into consideration and weighed against an array of available procedures, surgical or otherwise, designed to refine and enhance the male jawline in line with an individual’s specific requirements.
Despite prevailing sentiments, plastic surgery is not a female-exclusive arena. Increasingly, more men are resorting to surgical procedures to enhance their appearance and present their best selves. In a society where judgement often precedes understanding, the choice to undergo such procedures is a courageous and personal decision, reflecting changing times and evolving definitions of masculinity.