Elliot W. Jacobs, M.D., FACS
I’m considering having cosmetic plastic surgery. What type of surgery might be recommended to make my jaw line more defined/stronger?
A strong, well-defined jaw line is a signal mark of beauty, youth and fitness for both men and women. Fortunately, this is one area where plastic surgery offers significant improvement to people of any age group. Younger patients, with resilient, elastic skin sometimes can benefit from liposuction of the neck. This is a fairly quick operation, with minimal down time and minimal scars. Older patients may also benefit from liposuction, although lax skin and underlying muscles may need to be addressed as well with a facelift or neck lift, both of which are lengthier operations. Oftentimes, in patients of any age, a chin implant may be considered. The combination of increasing the size of the chin and reducing the volume of tissue beneath the jaw line produces a strong, youthful profile.