What makes a jawline beautiful, and what does it depend on? Jawlines are not single features but the culmination of many different characteristics. Skin, bone structure, masseter muscle, and fat distribution are all factors in determining whether a jawline is beautiful or not.
Not every human will have a jawline that could be considered aesthetically pleasing to everyone. However, certain features make for an attractive jawline and can help you improve your own.
The most crucial aspect of your jawline is the skin. Healthy skin is smooth, soft, and has a healthy glow; unhealthy skin is rough and dull. Moisturize your face regularly to keep your skin feeling and looking its best. While in the shower, use a body scrub to exfoliate the top layer of dead cells, then moisturize with a heavy lotion or facial cream. Try using natural products like shea butter or coconut oil for extra hydration.
To reduce oiliness without drying out your skin, try using an exfoliating gel with lotion after washing your face in the morning. On the other hand, unhealthy skin has wrinkles, blemishes, rashes, and dryness that contribute to an undesirable appearance.
The Masseter Muscle
The masseter muscle is a large muscle that runs under your jawline and connects to the lower teeth. It helps you chew food and is visible when you smile or get angry. When it comes to aesthetics, a strong masseter muscle means more squareness to the jawline, which some people find more attractive.
If you’re unhappy with your masseter muscle looks, try adding resistance to your workouts. Try working out with weights or lifting heavier while doing crunches. Over time, your jawline will become more square and prominently pronounced.
Also, avoid clenching your jaw too much – especially while you’re sleeping – as this can lead to tension headaches and even muscle soreness in the cheeks.
Prognathism is a condition where the jaws protrude forward after reaching maturity. It can be genetic, but an overactive masseter muscle most often causes it. Prognathism can be a double-edged sword: some people find the jaws and cheekbones with prognathism much more attractive than those without it. But that doesn’t mean prognathism is always aesthetically pleasing.
After all, it would be best if you weren’t concerned about other people’s opinions on your appearance; what you find attractive and what others do not should be individual preferences.
However, if you’re looking to improve your jawline and you have a prognathism, you might want to consider toning down the masseter muscle.
Your mandible – or the lower part of your jaw – is connected to your skull and has two prominent points known as the condyles. If you look at someone’s face from above, their mandible should line up with their ears and forehead nicely to give the jawline an even line from ear to ear.
However, the jawline does not line up correctly with the skull for many people. This can make your jawline look quite ugly and cause unwanted shadowing. There are two ways to improve your jawline: by becoming more muscular and reducing your jaws’ thickness.
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for many reasons, one of which is muscle mass. Many people find that their jawlines become bulkier if they don’t keep at least a moderate muscle mass throughout the day.
Another way to improve your jawline naturally is by toning up your face muscles. You can do this with resistance-based workouts and focus on a few areas of the face. For example, instead of doing all your exercises for the facial muscles in one continuous session, divide them up into two or three sessions throughout the week.
Artificial Ways of Making your Jaw Beautiful
Below are some artificial jaw makeover procedures that can give you a beautiful and well-defined jawline:
Jaw Reduction Surgery
Jaw reduction surgery is for the more extreme cases of those with an unattractive jaw. This procedure reduces the lower part of your face and gives it a more slender look. It is usually done by an oral surgeon and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.
For those who feel that their facial features are disproportionate or just not where they want them to be, fat injections can help boost certain features while downplaying others. For example, you can use fat injections around the jawline to give it a more prominent look or use them in the cheeks to make your face appear less pointy. A qualified doctor will perform this procedure with a fat transfer through the injection of several small amounts over a series of weeks.
A jaw implant is for those unhappy with their jawline’s size and wants it to be more prominent. A jaw implant is inserted through a small incision under the chin during an outpatient procedure. It can be used to correct an asymmetrical, receded, or sharp jaw. Doctors will use bone and soft tissue taken from another body area to construct an implant. The amounts of bone used will depend on the size of your jaw and are set to bring it closer to the anatomy you would find naturally.
Another option to consider is chin augmentation. This procedure applies a small amount of filler under the chin. The surgeon will inject the soft tissue to sculpt the chin and give you a more youthful, apple-like shape. This procedure is usually done with an outpatient consultation from your doctor, which lasts about 30 minutes.
Afterward, you can expect slight bruising and swelling for three days to two weeks. Additionally, some people may experience discomfort for six months after treatment.
Your jawline doesn’t have to be a feature you’re unhappy with.
We’ve discussed how you can use resistance training to give your jawline more definition and artificial ways of making your jawline more prominent. However, the choice is ultimately yours: if you’re happy with the way your jaw looks now, there’s no need for any change or improvement.