Tighten Jaw Line Without General Anesthesia?

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?

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Facial Skin Tightening

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Thank you for your question. I would suggest Ultherapy for facial skin tightening. Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time. Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. Plus, the treatment is completely non-invasive and does not require downtime. I have seen excellent results with the treatment.

Jaw line tightening

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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.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Jaw line definition

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The options for jaw-line definition include one or a combination of the following:

  • Liposuction
  • 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
  • Facelift

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.

York Jay Yates, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

Jaw Line Tightening Anesthesia Choices

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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.


Jawline tightening without general anesthesia

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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.

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