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Jawline contouring or jaw reduction is a cutting-edge plastic surgery procedure that removes the excess fat and skin from the lower face, reducing and slimming the area of the jowls and chin. Jawline contouring’s popularity has been skyrocketing as more celebrities mention receiving this sculpting treatment to maintain their youthful beauty.

V shape face slimming or jawline contouring is very popular among women with sagging jawlines who want to look refreshed and younger. Celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michael Douglas, Meg Ryan, Kelly Ripa, Michelle Pfeiffer are some of the stars that have openly admitted to having undergone this procedure for their quick fix on looking fabulous.

Are you considering having jawline contouring surgery too? Here are the pros and cons to weigh if you’re considering it as a cosmetic surgery option.

Pro: Jawline contouring is an outpatient procedure with little or no downtime required.

It takes about two hours for both sides of your face, but some procedures may take longer depending on how much work needs to be done.

Pro: It is a low risk procedure.

As long as you have a qualified plastic surgeon who has been board certified. It’s expensive with costs ranging from $8,000 up to $15,000 depending on the amount of work that needs to be done and your geographical location.

Pro: V shape face slimming is typically done with either surgical implants or dermal fillers to make the jaw protrude more.

The result of this protruding jaw is a masculine, chiseled appearance which makes the face look stronger and more powerful. There are also many non-surgical options for contouring your jawline, including facial exercises.

Pro: It can help balance out your facial features.

A strong chin and jawline can draw attention away from other features such as your eyes or nose, so contouring the shape of your jawline may help to balance them out.

Pro: Jawline contouring can help with a receding chin.

A weak jawline can be something that makes your chin appear to recede, which may make you look older or less attractive. Contouring can resolve this problem and give you a stronger, more defined chin.

Con: There is a higher risk of nerve damage, which might leave your face numb permanently, if the neck muscles are affected during surgery.

This can happen if you have loose neck skin or your surgeon is not experienced enough to perform this difficult procedure.

Con: Jawline contouring can result in poor wound healing or scarring.

Your plastic surgeon needs to be experienced enough to know how much skin needs to be removed and how to make incisions that will minimize scars.

Con: Jawline contouring is a procedure that requires a lot of downtime.

You can return back to your normal activities in one week, but you need the next three weeks off work for optimum recovery. There might be some sagging skin that might need another procedure to tighten the skin.

Con: Most people experience numbness around their lower face after undergoing this surgery due to nerve damage.

This can be permanent if the nerves are damaged during surgery. The numbness might result in difficulty chewing or swallowing food, speaking without slurring words, not getting enough nutrition due to difficulties with eating, drooling saliva when sleeping, and an unbalanced facial expression because your mouth corners lift up higher than normal.

Con: Jawline contouring might not be suitable for you if you have a hard time with local anesthetics.

This is because your surgeon might need to inject more than one syringe of numbing medication (which can cause pain and bruising) during surgery.


The jawline is one of the most often-contoured facial features. It’s an oft used feature in both women and men for its ‘stand out’ factor, that extra something that draws the eye and accentuates your good side. But, just like any other procedure, you should consult with a plastic surgeon to see if jawline contouring is right for you and will be safe for your body. Your surgeon will review the procedure and its cons before you go under the knife.

By Pedrosa