My face looks bloated - shave jaw and cheekbones? (photos)

My face look bloated and pear shaped probably because of my jaw bones or/and cheekbones. I like manly jaw but I want more angular, sharp, narrow and like square face, not round. Can my jaws and/or cheekbones be shaved some? Or is there any other option? Thanks a lot.. Your answers are appreciated.

Doctor Answers 4

My face looks bloated - shave jaw and cheekbones?

 Hi, based upon the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, men look chiseled and handsome with angularity in the cheeks, chin and mandibular angles.  From the photos, your cheeks are flat anteriorly (in the front).  This creates a rectangularly shaped face but does lack angularity in the cheek area.  The following procedures would create a more ruggedly handsome face.

  • Cheek augmentation with cheek implants (for a permanent enhancement) or with dermal fillers (for a temporary augmentation) to add angularity to the cheeks and mid face.  
  • Augmentation of the mandibular angles using a dermal filler (jaw implants have too many unwanted side effects IMHO) to add volume, angularity and flare to the jaw line.
  • The third area in which facial angularity can be created in a general sense is with Chin augmentation, using a chin implant, to add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face.  Your chin appears fine and this is included for general informational purposes.

Hope this helps.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male Jawline Contouring- Shaving/Fillers/Botox

There are many options to reduce the roundness that you notice in the cheek area and options to contour the rectangular jawline you would like to see for your face. Procedures include- Jaw implants (mandibular enhancement) is a great option to create a more defined or more masculine jawline that in my practice are individually created for the bet surgical result that is permanent. Fillers to sculpt and contour the jawline is another option along (short term). Lastly, most patients think that artificial facial implants is their only option but fat transfer can be an amazing substitute to implants. Not only is fat transfer natural but when implanted onto or near bone, it will feel just like that-bone. Though not always as dramatic as a surgically placed implant, fat transfer provides remarkable results. Please consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in facial sculpting.

Best Regards,

Randal Haworth, MD

Randal Haworth, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Reshaping the jawline and cheeks with botox and fillers

There is a lot that can be done to give you a more masculine face and improved jaw/chin. The jawline can be shaped with Botox. Fillers (Voluma, Radiesse) can be used to contour the cheeks. I suggest a formal consultation with a facial contouring specialist who is an expert at filler injections and uses cannulas to prevent bruising and swelling.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Round face

In order to make your face more manly, you need to lose some weight from your cheeks and not shave down your jawbone.

Arian Mowlavi, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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