Best Way to Get a More Defined Jaw Line?

My jaw line has no defintion. My lower jaw appears to be the same wdith as my neck, and though I'm not overweight I almost always appear have a double chin in photographs. What would be the best way for me to get a nice defined jaw line? Would jaw implants and some sort of lipo suction do the trick?

Doctor Answers 12

Defined jaw line

Your photo shows an anterior hyoid position with mild microgenia and certicofacial liposis.  My recommendation would be to seek a consultation by a board certified maxillofacial surgeon who can evaluate and image you as well as perform radiographs to assess your condition.  

He or she may suggest a sliding genioplasty to improve your jawline and chin projection as well as submental liposuction to further define the jawline.

Best of Luck!

Greensboro Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Bimaxillary orthognathic surgery with occlusal plane change

for best result you should consider two jaw (bimaxillary) corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery)
you have clearly repressive upper and lower face with poor upper lip support

Alexander Antipov, DDS
Roseville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Chin implants or injectable fillers define the jawline

Jaw augmentation can be achieved in two different ways: with a chin implant (sizes vary) or with injectable fillers (temporary). Liposuction would not produce the results you're seeking. You can ask the surgeon more about these two options at your initial consultation. If you are unsure of the method that you would like to proceed with, a great option would be to find a surgeon that has an advanced photo software system so you can see a 3D image of what you would look like with the chin implant or filler.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

Just advancement of chin

you have small  lower jaw,  chin advancement will do more definite jaw line.

chin advacement is like this

1. using silicon
2. using bone  

Nara Kang, DDS
South Korea Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon


looking at your profile your would likely need a lower jaw advancement and chin surgery. you could just choose the chin implant but in reality I would bet your occlusion is class 2 meaning your lower jaw is set back. You don't need lipo its a bone problem not tissue issue. 

Michael B. Barbick, DMD, MD
Tampa Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Jaw line


Certainly genioplasty could help.  However, I see some maxillary deficiency (flatness of your cheek around base of the nose) on your profile picture.  This might mean that your maxilla is deficient and therefore it should be re-positioned forward, Once that is moved, then mandible has to move forward with it. The movement will improve your jaw line, neck issue and chin position. These are all asumptions of course, and without an X-ray and clinical examination, it is impossible to come up with a proper diagnosis.

Good luck

Majid Jamali, DMD
New York Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

More defined jaw line

In order to achieve a more defined jawline I would advise either a chin implant or a minimal forward sliding genioplasty (this would mean reducing the risks of implant infection and rejection etc.)

I disagree that you need liposuction- this would have minimal if any effect on your jawline at your young age, the implant or genioplasty would strech your submental tissues to define the contour negating the need for liposuction.

However one would have to look at your teeth to see whether you have an increased overjet- if so a sagittal split osteotomy of your lower jaw may be of benefit.

Darryl Coombes, MBBS, BDS, FRCS, FDSRCS
London Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Options for a more defined jaw line

According to the pictures, the best option for you to start with is a chin implant for the weak chin profile and mandibular retrusion. A conservative amount of liposuction in the neck would further define your jawline. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Getting a more defined jawline

I believe that you would benefit from a chin implant and some Slim Liposuction over the neck area. This would give a more angular appearance to the neck and jawline area as well as improve the balance between the forehead, nose and chin. However, further definition than this might require bone or implant placement along the mandibular border itself.

Deason Dunagan, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Jawline definition.

Very conservative liposuction and a chin implant that extends across the pre jowl area will improve this quite a bit. You should make sure the surgeon has a great deal of experience and doesn't remove too much fat.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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