Is it possible to get a sharper/tighter jawline without the the need for general anesthesia? Can it be done using only a local anesthetic?
Tighten Jaw Line Without General Anesthesia?
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Jaw line tightening
Jaw line tightening can be done under local anesthetsia with some IV sedation. You do not necessarily need general anesthesia. Talk it over with your surgeon.
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Jaw line definition
The options for jaw-line definition include one or a combination of the following:
- Plastysmal (the broad flat muscle of the neck) plication centrally
- Platysmal division
- Platysmal suspension laterally
- Suture techniques along the jaw-line
- Salivary gland suspension
- Direct fat excision
- Skin excision
See your board certified plastic surgeon to discuss which of these options would be best for you. All of these can be done without general anesthesia.
Jaw Line Tightening Anesthesia Choices
Jaw line tightening is an outpatient procedure typically done in the plastic surgeon’s office or in a surgery center. It is usually done under local anesthesia with oral sedation or intravenous sedation, but can be done under general anesthesia if requested.
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Jawline tightening without general anesthesia
You may want to consider ultherapy if your jawline is starting to show signs of age. It is clinically proven to incite collagen production. Increased collagen means increased firmness. The upside is that it is completely noninvasive. It takes about an hour, and you can go back to work. The downside is that results are gradual. You will see most of the results by 3-6 months, though collagen production continues for as long as 12 months, and perhaps longer. You should talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate. The best candidates are those with mild sagging, but even those with moderate sagging will have improvement. Some patients will elect to have more than one treatment, spaced about 6-12 months apart, and they will experience more dramatic improvement over the longterm.