What Is Jawline Reshaping?

What Is Jawline Reshaping?


Are you looking for a way to change your facial features, proportions and profile? Jawline reshaping could be the solution you seek. As one of today's most popular cosmetic procedures among Asian patients, jawline reshaping can strengthen or soften your facial contours.

If you are considering this type of procedure, this article will help explain the options and what they can achieve. Please request a consultation at Asian Plastic Surgery to receive a personalised treatment plan.

Why Is Jawline Reshaping Popular With Asian Patients?

While there is tremendous diversity within Asian populations, some commonalities can be observed. 

Anatomically, people of East Asian descent often have a strong jawline that gives the face a square or rectangular shape. Coupled with the flat profile often found in the East Asian mid-face, this prominent jawline can make the lower face look bulky.

Aesthetic preferences are another matter. A soft look with a round or oval face shape is seen as desirable in many Asian societies. Consequently, a large or angular jaw may be viewed as undesirable according to these beauty standards.

What Are the Cosmetic Benefits of Jawline Reshaping?

The cosmetic goals of jawline reshaping for Asian patients commonly include:

  • Improving facial symmetry
  • Softening the jaw angle
  • Refining a protruding chin
  • Augmenting a weak chin
  • Creating a more tapered chin shape
  • Narrowing facial width
  • Creating a more oval or heart-shaped face
  • Tightening loose skin/jowls
  • Reducing submental (under the chin) fat

Are There Any Functional Benefits of Jawline Reshaping?

In some cases, jaw surgery addresses functional dental issues or facial deformities. The benefits of this type of jaw surgery can include:

  • Correcting an underbite, overbite or open bite
  • Relieving headaches caused by misalignment of the upper and lower jaws
  • Improving speech issues
  • Improving the ability to bite, chew or swallow
  • Reducing jaw joint pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Alleviating chronic mouth breathing and snoring
  • Correcting uneven ​​wear of the teeth

What Are the Different Types of Jaw Surgery?

Below are some of the most popular surgical procedures for reshaping, defining and rejuvenating the jaw area.

V-Line Surgery

V-line surgery is an advanced facial bone contouring technique used to reduce the width of the lower face and create a more heart- or oval-shaped profile with a sharpened chin. Through incisions made inside the mouth, the jaw bone is filed down and a portion of bone is removed. Mini V-line surgery can be an option when only the chin needs to be slimmed.

Double Jaw Surgery

Double jaw surgery is a comprehensive procedure that reshapes the lower and upper jaw simultaneously. It is also called two-jaw surgery or bimaxillary osteotomy. By adjusting both jaws at once, the surgeon has maximum flexibility to bring the jaws into new positions and reshape the face. This procedure can address both functional and cosmetic issues.


Genioplasty modifies the shape and size of the chin. It is commonly used in cosmetic settings to reduce a protruding chin or add projection to a retruded chin. Genioplasty techniques are also used to reconstruct the chin following traumatic injury. The procedure involves moving and reshaping the chin bone, and sometimes includes removing part of the jawbone.

Facial Implants

Facial implants made of sterile, biocompatible materials can be used to reshape facial structures such as the chin and jawline. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as customisable options, to provide a long-lasting and personalised result. Implant placement is less invasive than facial bone contouring, and therefore involves less discomfort and downtime. However, there is a risk of implant-related complications that do not exist with bone contouring procedures.

Facelift & Neck Lift

A facelift can improve the appearance of jowls, nasolabial folds and other signs of ageing in the lower third or lower two-thirds of the face. Along with a traditional neck lift or the less invasive neck lift called MyEllevate, these procedures can restore firmness and definition to the chin, jawline and neck areas, creating softer transitions and a smoother facial profile. Different facelift techniques allow the procedure to be tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Submental Liposuction

Submental liposuction is a cosmetic surgery for reshaping the chin and jawline. Using suction and a thin metal tube called a cannula, liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits under the chin and around the neck to create a smoother profile.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting or fat transfer may be an option for patients seeking to augment or define their jawline and/or chin. This procedure involves harvesting fat from other areas of the body — such as the abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks — and injecting it strategically where more volume is desired. Fat grafting is a less invasive option than bone contouring or implants, and a more permanent option than nonsurgical volumising.

Can the Jawline Be Reshaped Without Surgery?

While most people associate reshaping the jawline with plastic surgery, a handful of options can help redefine your natural contours without surgery.

Energy Devices

Energy devices are minimally-invasive and noninvasive options that can reshape the jawline by tightening loose skin and early jowls. These treatments include Thermage (radiofrequency energy), Ultherapy (ultrasound energy), and radiofrequency microneedling with the Secret and Profound devices. There is little to no downtime, and results can be extended with good skin care and a healthy lifestyle.

Learn More About Your Sydney Jawline Reshaping Options

Whether you are seeking subtle or significant change, there may be a jawline reshaping option that can help you reach your goals. Asian Plastic Surgery is proud to offer these procedures with a focus on Asian aesthetics. Our specialist plastic surgeons understand the nuances of balancing anatomy, aesthetic preferences and social factors to cater to the unique needs of Asian patients.

Enquire here or call us on 02 8962 9388 to schedule your consultation today.

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