2021 Has Been ALL About Those Angles!
As we’ve all surely seen for ourselves, 2020 was the year of reckoning when it came to the dreaded front facing camera. And it’s looking more and more like staring at ourselves from unflattering angles on computer and cellphone screens won’t be going out of style anytime soon! It’s almost 2022 and most of us still heavily rely on digital platforms like Zoom and FaceTime for work, appointments and keeping up with friends and family.
Which is why it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that 2021’s most popularly requested procedure is neck and jawline contouring!
Our office has seen a major uptick in clients concerned with unpronounced jawlines and/or submental fullness. Jawlines and submental fullness come in all shapes and sizes, and it is an issue that spans across all age groups. There’s a variety of factors that contribute to this aesthetic concern including genetics, age, fitness, etc.. That’s why it’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which treatment plan is right for you based on your anatomy and particular goals.
Whether the issue can be attributed to deficient bone structure, excess fat and/or skin, or both, there is an array of surgical and nonsurgical options Dr. Lee offers to sculpt a strong jawline and flattering neck contour!
Surgical intervention is by far the most predictable and effective way to minimize excess submental fat and skin. Neck lifts are typically recommended for patients ages 30 and up. Submental liposuction is a popular method for younger patients who do not have to worry about excess skin being left behind. Collagen production naturally occurs at a faster rate in younger people; therefore (with the regimented use of a compression garment postoperatively) the skin tends to snap back into place. No excision needed!
A nonsurgical method sometimes used to minimize submental fullness is the Kybella injection. Kybella is specially formulated to burn small pockets of fatty tissue, and it is great for stubborn areas like beneath the chin. Typically, 1 to 2 vials are administered per session, and multiple sessions are required for the full effect. Kybella is a simple and easy solution for those concerned about a small, yet discernable pocket of fat. To ensure you receive the most effective results, Dr. Lee will first need to evaluate whether or not you’re the right candidate!
That said, strengthening the jawline also goes a long way when it comes to minimizing the appearance of submental fullness. This can be achieved nonsurgically with dermal fillers––like Juvéderm’s Voluma, which typically lasts up to two years! But it’s important to remember that upkeep is required. Everyone’s different when it comes to the rate at which the filler is metabolized. So for those who’d rather opt for a more permanent solution, surgical intervention via a jaw and/or chin implant is recommended!
Consult with a top Los Angeles plastic surgeon, such as our own Dr. Michelle Lee, to find out which treatment option is right for your neck and jawline contour goals!