Using a filler to slim down your face — it sounds like an oxymoron. But in your quest for younger-looking skin, adding volume to your jawline may be your secret weapon.
We all lose volume in our faces as we age. As we lose fat in our faces, folds show up on our noses and more pronounced jowls appear. Why? Because everything slides forward.
Here's a test: Put your hands on the sides your face and push your skin back toward your ears. Is that the way you wished your skin looked? If so, that’s a sign you’ve lost volume. And to fix it, we need to add some of that volume back.
We do that through Voluma and Restylane Lyft fillers. When we add a filler to the jawline, it makes a huge difference in the appearance of your skin.
Why Should You Consider Jawline Filler?
When you decide to change your look, you have two options: injections or surgery. If you want injections, we start with a product like Restylane Lyft. It provides 4-6 months of correction when we put it in the cheeks and jaw. That doesn’t sound like very long, but if you like it, you can move to a product that’s more long-term. Other products last 18 months to 2 years, but they’re more expensive.
Did You Know? You always have the option to reverse the effects of a filler. If you don’t like your results, we have products that dissolve the filler and remove the correction that was made.
A surgical procedure is very different. Your results are permanent and much more dramatic. After all, you’re getting part of your skin removed. That also means your recovery will be much longer. With cosmetic surgery, you’ll need to give your skin time to heal. With filler, on the other hand, you can have a correction done in a matter of minutes, see immediate results, and be on your way.
Is Filler in the Jawline Safe?
Rest assured — a filler jaw reduction is safe, as long as you trust the procedure to an experienced professional. It’s not something you want just anyone to do — and definitely not something you want to try at home. Your doctor uses the best filler product available and has the expertise to do the injection safely.
How to Prepare for Your Filler Appointment
If you decide you'd like to try filler, first visit your dermatologist for a consultation. They can evaluate your skin and make some recommendations as to what product would be best for you. For the best experience with fillers, follow these tips so you know what to do and what to expect.
What to Do
1. Know Your Budget
Before your consultation, know what you can afford to do. Then be willing to talk to your doctor about what it’d take to get a full correction. Many times, it takes several syringes of filler to get the correction you’re hoping for — and that gets expensive. But, if you can only afford a little, it’s okay to start with that amount. Then you can always get more as finances allow.
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Also, be willing to discuss your budget with your doctor. Maybe hiding your budget seems like a smart move or maybe you’re embarrassed to admit your limits, but it’s best to be up front. If you tell your doctor what you can afford, they can help you plan for getting the most from your investment.
2. Avoid Blood-Thinning Medication and Drinks
Anytime you have an injection, bruising is a possibility, even though we try to avoid it. So, to do your part in minimizing bruising, avoid products that cause your blood to thin in the two weeks leading up to your injections. This includes Advil, Aspirin, St. John’s Wart, and even red wine. When you stay away from those products, you ensure a better outcome that leaves you looking as natural as possible after your procedure.
3. Come With Clean Skin
We want to administer the injections into clean, product-free skin. So shower before your appointment and come without makeup.
Enjoy a good meal before your injection. Sometimes, if people haven’t eaten, they can feel weak or faint with the injections. So have a regular lunch or breakfast before your appointment.
What to Expect
As you prepare for your appointment, it’s easy to get so consumed with the process you forget to prepare for the results. So ask your doctor to help you prepare for your change in appearance. They can show you photos and give you a description of how you will look. They can also pull your skin back to give you a visual.
Realistic expectations are important. You don’t want to be disappointed by the results. If you need more filler than you can afford at once, understand that it may be a work in progress.
During the Procedure
To administer injections, we use needles to deliver the product down on the bone. Naturally, there will be a little discomfort. So how comfortable are you with pain? Do you need a local numbing cream prescription or a medication to help you relax? If so, ask for a prescription and pick it up before your procedure.
But remember, no visit is completely free of discomfort. Even with medication, the procedure may be associated with minor pain.
After the Procedure
After your filler injection, you’ll likely see some swelling around the jawline. The body often produces fluid that collects around the fillers temporarily. In the jawline, this swelling is usually minimal.
Remember, we’re putting a thick, gel-like substance into your skin. It’s normal to feel the filler for several weeks after your injection. But although it will feel like a sore bump to you, it won’t look like a bump to other people.
Also, before you leave your appointment, make sure you know when to see your doctor again. We like to see patients two weeks after the procedure to check how they’re doing and find out if they need any other procedures or touch-ups. So make sure you know how to follow up with your provider in the weeks following your procedure.
Did you know? Dermatology Alliance offers multiple types of fillers to help patients achieve different results. Click here to learn more about our available options.
Slight bruising and tenderness are normal with a filler injection, but 99% of the time there are no other problems. Most people really enjoy their filler results. It softens up after a few weeks and stays for a long time.
In rare cases, people will suffer from biofilm — an inflammation that forms around the gel, which can be painful. To avoid this, we clean the skin thoroughly before we put the gel in, but it can occasionally happen regardless of precautions.
Also, in rare situations, these fillers can find their way into the veins. If that occurs, your injector should be able to handle the situation by applying a product that dissolves the filler in that area.
Before & After Photos of Jawline Filler
If you're looking for a slimmer face, jaw and chin filler may be your solution. Contact us to schedule a consultation.