What is Jawline Contouring?
Everyone has a masseter muscle located toward the rear of their jaw. It's responsible for moving the jaw, allowing us to chew and clench our teeth. Some people suffer from hypertrophy of this muscle, which means the muscle is a bit larger than normal. This results in a square jawline. This is often seen as an attractive characteristic in men, but it can sometimes make women look masculine. That's where jawline contouring comes in.
This procedure reduces the mass in the rear of the jaw, minimizing the square look in favor of a more streamlined, feminine contour. It helps make the face take on an inverted heart or triangle shape, both of which are associated with femininity. Jawline contouring can be accomplished through both surgical and non-surgical means.
How is Jawline Contouring Performed?
Jawline contouring is most often performed on women who want to reduce the squareness of their jaw, and achieve a softer, more feminine look. They may also want to balance the wider lower half of their face with a narrower upper half to create a more balanced look. The procedure can be performed in two ways:
In this procedure, a doctor may shave the jawbone, reduce some of the muscle mass, remove the outer layer of the mandible (lower jaw), or some combination thereof. This is considered "traditional" jawline contouring, but it's invasive and comes with the same risks as any other surgery, including infection.
Non-Surgical Jawline Contouring
This procedure is accomplished through the use of a muscle relaxant. An experienced injectionist or physician will inject a muscle relaxant directly into the masseter, thereby releasing the tightness of the muscle, and reducing the squareness of the jaw. The number of injections required will depend on the size of your masseter muscle, and the results you want to achieve.
The additional benefit of this jawline contouring method is that it's non-invasive—no cutting, no shaving the bone, no stitches, and little to no risk of infection. For these reasons, TCC does not offer surgical jawline contouring, and only offers non-surgical jawline contouring with a muscle relaxant.