What Is an Ideal Female Jawline? – Anatomy of an Attractive Female Face –
People say that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Is it subjective or is there a science behind the concept of beauty? Many research studies show that beauty is objective and is perceived with remarkable similarity in many individuals. For the past two decades, scientists have paid close attention to what makes a female jawline look more beautiful.
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi is a plastic surgeon with extensive training in aesthetic surgery. Her experience allows her to correct jaw abnormalities while achieving good cosmetic results.
Studies Linking Facial Geometry with Attractiveness
Many facial aesthetics studies show a link between the geometrical boundaries of a woman’s face and their overall facial beauty. There are pre-determined definitions of a beautiful face, despite the wide range of natural diversity that is part of facial structure.
Geometric Morphometry is a technique that can be used to analyse the skeletal face. It suggests an ideal facial shape with a mathematical approach and uses vectors to account for variations in the facial aesthetic structure. The studies show a direct measure of ideals, feminine traits, and dimorphism.
Facial Attractiveness is also based on sexual dimorphism. Possessing feminine facial geometrical features that are in contrast with ideal male geometrical features is an inherent quality of attractive women. The lateral view of the face is very important when it comes to overall attractiveness as compared to the frontal view. This is because the frontal view is mainly determined by skin texture.
Anatomical Measurements of the lower face and jaw
In men and women, jaw angle or the angle of the jaw typically differs by 2-3 degrees. In men, the average angle is 128 degrees while it is 126 degrees in women. This means it is relatively constant. However, the angles can vary slightly within the same gender. Ethnic differences apply too.
Jaw width is a highly variable feature when it comes to precise geometric measurements. No literature specifies a quantitative measure for analysing the beauty of a woman’s face in terms of a specific jaw width. That is the reason, plastic surgeons and aestheticians don’t aim for a specific jaw width when it comes to aesthetic manipulation of the jaw. The focus is primarily on the angle and the contour of the jaw.
It is important to remember that large variations in jaw dimensions aren’t considered a very attractive feature. Similarly, jaw protrusion and increased width can distract from other facial features.
Factors that Determine the Ideal Female Jawline
Any form of jaw surgery is done based on what is aesthetically pleasing for the patient and what is realistically achievable. This common ground is established between the surgeon and the patient during the consultation. There are times when the patient’s vision doesn’t match the view of the surgeon. In such instances, having adequate knowledge of ideal female facial anatomy is very useful. It is important to note that to date there isn’t any consensus on ideal parameters for perfect feminine beauty.
All the studies done on female facial attractiveness and dimensions vary greatly in terms of their findings, ethnicity, and geography. Due to this large variation, the perceptions of any ideal woman’s jawline vary considerably. Eventually, it all comes down to a mutual understanding between you and your surgeon if you are planning to get a surgical procedure to enhance your jaw.
Jaw Angle and Attractiveness – What makes an attractive female jawline?
There are certain studies that claim having an obtuse angle jawline combined with a contoured mandible makes your jaw look highly attractive. In layman’s terms, picture the jaw of Angelina Jolie. Some other studies found that a narrow-angle jawline is considered a highly attractive feature in women. This is true for people of Asian descent where a V-shaped jawline is very popular and is considered to be the ultimate measure of beauty. That is the reason why the internet is flooded with tips and tricks to achieve a slim V-shaped jawline. A slimmer jawline in women is considered to be a sign of attractiveness as compared to a square jawline. This look can be enhanced with facial filler contouring or even makeup tricks like shading
Lateral View of the Jaw is important
Apart from the angle from the frontal view, the angle of the lateral view is also incredibly important for overall facial aesthetics. Jaw protrusion and retrusion also play a big role. Through many studies, researchers have determined that protrusion of the jaw that is more than 6 mm or retrusion of the jaw that is more than 10 mm is deemed highly unattractive.
Jaw Slimming and Contouring Procedures
V-line Jaw Slimming is one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures. There are both surgical and non-surgical options available to achieve the ideal results. A very popular treatment choice is the use of anti-wrinkle injections that essentially work by decreasing the power and effect of specific injected muscles, thus creating a decrease in the bulk and size of that muscle. When injected into specific muscle groups it can achieve a slimmer jawline. The treatment works by paralysing the facial muscle for a couple of months to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
Another option is to choose jaw surgery. Jaw slimming surgery is performed by removing a part of the mandible to minimise the width of the jaw. The goal of the surgery is to achieve a better-looking lateral and frontal facial profile. Mandible contouring also is done alongside resection to improve facial aesthetics by carving out a slimmer jawline.
The Concept of the Golden Ratio and Facial Beauty
Regardless of the type of facial beauty, you are attracted to, there is a golden ratio or symmetrical lines in the face that have been shown to capture attention. If you are not familiar with the concept, it is a standard mathematical way to measure the proportions of your face. It measures the ratio between one facial feature distance as compared to another – the golden ratio is 1.618. If the measurements of a particular face come close to the golden ratio, your face will look more attractive and balanced. For example, a strong female jawline complements strong cheekbones and makes your facial symmetry fall in line with the golden ratio. It is this same golden ratio that is the foundation for assessing and achieving nasal proportion in rhinoplasty.
How to Get a Stronger Female Jawline Definition
There are many ways to achieve a better jawline. The procedures can vary from simple non-surgical injectables to chin implants surgery. For instance, there are times when patients only need a chin implant to alter the look of their jaw.The chin implant can make a major difference in the appearance of your face and jawline. Most patients can have a sleek, strong, and chiselled profile after the surgery. In some cases, the buccal fat pad is removed to create further definition. It creates a hollowness below the cheekbones and further enhances your jawline.
Anti-wrinkle injections is also another great option to achieve a more feminine jawline or profile in patients who have square faces. Injecting this substance to the masseters can work for people with a squarer face shape. Enhancing the cheekbones with filler or fat injections along with anti-wrinkle injections in the jaw can create a more feminine facial profile.
Not one size fits all when it comes to achieving a perfect jaw. Sometimes, the removal of sagging jowls is all that is needed to achieve a better looking jaw. This can be done with the help of a facelift/neck lift. The facial surgery can help eliminate sagging skin along with a double chin, imparting more definition to your jaw and leading to a healthier appearance.
If you want to enhance the look of your face by refining your jaw, the first step is to book a consultation with Dr Hunt or Dr Maryam. It will give you a chance to discuss your options and choose the most suitable treatment.
Non-Surgical Options for Achieving a better Female Jawline
Non-surgical options are ideal for people who wish to make mild to moderate changes to their jaw and are ok with touch-ups every few months. Some of the most commonly used treatment options include neurotoxins, fat-melting injectables, surgical threads and dermal fillers. Let’s discuss these options briefly:
1. Dermal Fillers for Facial Contouring / Slimming
When dermal fillers are injected into the jawline, it can enhance the mandible along with the bony angle of the jaw. It works best for patients who need minimal adjustments to their jaw and doesn’t require any major changes. Patients typically need 1 to 4 syringes of dermal filler based on their current facial anatomy and their desired aesthetic result. The results of the treatment are almost immediately visible and can last for around 6 to 12 months based on the type of filler used.
2. Neurotoxin to Enhance Jaw
Muscle relaxing injections can be performed directly into the masseter muscles. It can help to slim down your jaw and overall face shape and gives you a much-hyped, ‘V-Shaped’ jawline. You can feel your masseter muscles by clenching your teeth and feeling for a slight bulge where your jaw ends. Thinning out these muscles can require variable doses to see visible results. The results can last for 3 to 4 months. After that, you will need to get the treatment redone.
3. Kybella to Eliminate Fat / Double Chin
If you have excess fat underneath your chin area which makes your jaw appear wobbly and not so defined, Kybella injections are an option. During the treatment, deoxycholic acid injections are injected underneath your chin which essentially kills fat cells that will be gradually eliminated by your body over the next few months. Most patients typically need 1 to 6 vials of Kybella for best results. While patients need multiple sessions to see results, the final results are regarded as permanent. You may also consider submental liposuction as a treatment for a fat double chin or heavy jowls. Read our blog on How to Get Rid of a Double Chin – What Is Submental Fat?
4. Surgical Threads can Counter Loose Skin
In some cases, patients lack definition in the jaw area due to excess loose skin. Surgical threads can be used to tighten the skin around your jowls. Most patients need 4 to 8 threads based on how large their jowls are and how much excess skin they have. The results will generally last for 6 to 12 months. If you have a lot of excess loose skin then a lower facelift or neck lift may be a more suitable treatment.
Surgical Options for Achieving an Ideal Female Jawline and Profile
Surgical options are generally recommended for people with moderate to a large amount of fat or excess loose skin surrounding the neck and jaw area. Typically, neck lift and liposuction are used to achieve the desired results. In some cases, radiofrequency energy technology may be used.
1. Neck Liposuction – Submental Liposuction
If you have fat around your neck and jaw, neck liposuction is the choice of treatment for achieving a slimmer and more defined jawline. Based on the lipo technology used, most surgeons will opt for some gentle skin tightening along with fat removal to achieve the best results. The results of the treatment are considered long-lasting as the fat is physically removed.
2. Neck Lift Surgery
During the neck lift surgery, Your surgeon will make incisions behind your ear, near your ear, and underneath your chin. They will lift up the skin to reveal your neck muscles along with the fat and supporting structures on your neck. The results of the neck lift are significant as it simultaneously works on the skin, fat, muscles and salivary glands in one go. The final outcome will typically last for many years.
3. Radiofrequency Energy Devices
It is definitely a less common option but surgeons and doctors still do it in some cases. The radiofrequency energy will tighten your loose skin in the neck area and is sometimes used along with neck liposuction. Dr Hunt does not offer these devices as past results have been unreliable and not worth it for patients having the treatment done.
Further Reading about Non-Surgical Procedures for Female Jawline enhancement
- Read Dr Hunt’s Dermal Fillers page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Anti-Wrinkle Injections page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Skin Procedures page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Non-surgical Procedures Patients Before and After Photos
Medical References about Facial Attractiveness and an Ideal Female Jawline
- How Feminine Is Your Girlfriend’s Face?
- 9 facial traits that make someone more attractive, according to science
- Facial attractiveness: evolutionary-based research
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