A well-defined jawline is considered the cornerstone of an attractive and balanced facial structure. The strength and positioning of the chin contributes markedly to facial appeal and self-esteem. On men, we admire a square, chiseled jawline. On women, a tight yet delicate, feminine jawline.
Jawline skeletal enhancement – for men and women both – is becoming an increasingly popular aesthetic procedure, perhaps due to the ever-increasing prevalence of selfies and our constant evaluation of our own profile on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and the many new emerging social media platforms. Facial Skeletal Augmentation of the jawline includes lower jaw enhancements, chin implants and genioplasty (chin repositioning). These procedures require specialized surgical skills combined with in-depth knowledge of anatomy to get the precise outcome you want:
- Correct a weak or recessed chin
- Sharpen or define overall contours of the chin, jawline and neck
- Reduce a double chin caused by a small chin bone
- Improve facial harmony by bringing the chin into better proportion with other features
What is Genioplasty?
Osseous genioplasty (sliding genioplasty) is a surgical procedure used to define an underdeveloped chin or give it more prominence – moving the chin either back or forward to create a more dramatic change in your facial structure. Osseous genioplasty combined with neck liposuction enhances the neckline for people with small under projecting jaws.
Augmentation genioplasty (chin implant) is a surgical procedure to reshape, enlarge, or push forward the appearance of the chin. This surgical procedure inserts a sculpted piece of material, such as MEDPOR, and molds it around the chin bone to increase the chin’s size and better define the jawline.
These sculpting procedures can bring better balance and proportion to your features by increasing chin projection. It can make the face appear more masculine or feminine, more clearly define the contours of the neck area, and tighten skin for a more natural, youthful look without a drastic change in appearance. Your plastic surgeon may also want to discuss enhancement of the angle of the jawline with MEDPOR implants in which the device is fixated to the bone so it becomes one with the bone.
Are you a candidate for jawline or chin sculpting?
Book a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to explore if you are a good candidate. Your facial plastic surgeon will conduct an assessment of your facial skeletal and tissue structure to evaluate your face for aesthetic and medical reasons. Dr. Jay Lucas of The Lucas Center has dual medical degrees – first earning his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then graduating from the Dental School of the Medical College of Virginia at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He has extensive experience in genioplasty, having completed post-doctoral fellowships and residencies in both maxillofacial (oral) and craniofacial plastic surgery.
Dr. Lucas has the masterful and artful surgical expertise required to achieve the desired transformation his patients seek. Known for his “3-Dimensional thought process,” Dr. Lucas uses his technical attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of the human body to create customized surgical plans that you won’t find with anyone else.
At The Lucas Center, our personalized consultation, comprehensive health exam, and VECTRA 3D Imaging System help Dr. Lucas understand your desires and expectations in order to create your desired look and leave you feeling confident in your decision. To help with your own expectations, the VECTRA software simulation tool creates a 3D rendition of what your face will look like after the procedure so that you can preview the outcome from multiple angles.
If you are tired of dreading family and friends’ selfies, dissatisfied with your chin or jawline, or just want to explore options in enhancements and treatments to your profile, let us discuss the possibilities with you.