We’re not all born with the jawline of our dreams and a weak jawline lets down even the most perfect of pouts and profiles. The bad news is, even if in youth your jawline is balanced, strong and pronounced, sadly over time the definition weakens and that is for both men and women; the skin in the area slackens and unwanted fat deposits can also ruin the ideal facial aesthetic. Ideally, a good differentiation between neck and jawline is ideal and overtime this can blur.

The development of jowls doesn’t help, nor changes in hormones, nor submental fat (the pouch of fat that appears under the chin or ‘double chin’).  A weak jawline can also be a tell-tale sign of age. 

Many will feel self-conscious about a weak jawline when opting for a new hairstyle, tying up their hair or cutting it short. There are only so many polo necks you can wear to hide an ageing or weak neck and jaw. For men, a strong jawline has long been associated with strength and virility so a little help to keep the jawline sharp and pronounced is often welcomed by male patients. Perfecting the jawline and chin help to encourage the lower third of the face to follow the aesthetic ideal of the inverted triangle. Over time, the inverted triangle shape of the lower third of the face softens and this fullness can be treated to keep closer to that ideal shape and balance. 

The ideal angle of the jawline at each outer edge should be close to 70 degrees and over time this angle becomes smaller and smaller. For a more natural treatment, it is advisable not to over-correct the jawline as this can look very prominent and unnatural. Ideally a treatment of filler will respect the rest of the face and keep it in balance.