IIn the summer of 1993 I was 13 years old. I was thin, flat-chested, and acne-prone. I had enough to do in my head. Then one evening a new complex came through an unsolicited assessment by my older sister’s friend at the dining table: “You both have extra skin under your chin. It’s not that tight, ”she told us. My sister and I looked at each other knowing what she was saying was true. We were skinny teenagers and each of us had visible double chins.
Almost 30 years later this “friend” disappeared, but her comment stuck with me, as did that little bag under my chin. I still fix it. My sister too. Our problem is genetic; no weight loss or weight gain would change anything. Over the years, I developed a habit of staring at myself in the mirror and pulling back the excess skin behind the corners of my jaw. It never seemed like a real problem to me until, inundated with photos of celebrities, models, and generally photogenic people, I realized that they all had one thing in common: a razor-sharp jaw.
This has become the year of the snatched jaw
Iam not the only one obsessed with this area. “This is the year of the cracked jaw,” says my dermatologist Shereene Idriss, who recently opened her own practice, Idriss Dermatology, in New York City. She says seven out of ten patients ask about the definition of their jaw, which is partly due to the pandemic of the sharp rise in demand for lower facial procedures. All that face-time with yourself has roused the masses to the fact that “the chin line is the structural pole that holds a face,” says Idriss. “A strong angle can be seen as a sign that someone is aging ‘well’. “When you think of the most photogenic faces in the world, they all have jawlines that are between 120 and 130 degrees. Your jaws are raised; her skin, tight.
I went to Idriss because I liked their honest approach, less is more. On my last visit, she described my jaw as “petite” and just more petite, meaning that as it ages, my jaw will lose bone mass and volume, and my jaw will recede into my neck. Your recommendation? A combination plate with Botox to tighten the neck ligaments, an ultrasound treatment for tightening (Ultherapy) and hyaluronic acid fillers to lift the jaw. Ultherapy has no downtime, but it can be painful for up to a week. It takes six months to take full effect, which lasts up to 24 months. There are, of course, more aggressive options, such as dissolvable sutures that literally “lift” the neck and chin. They last 18 months. And then there is the full throttle neck lift. For that I would need a plastic surgeon.
W.When Marc Jacobs decided to have his face and neck lifted in late July, he did so loudly and proudly, and documented the process, including his post-op and recovery, on Instagram. He even added the cheeky hashtags #heckofaneck and #snatchedtightalright. The 58-year-old designer also publicly thanked his doctor Andrew Jacono from the New York Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, who is also responsible for the lift for Real Housewife Sonja Morgan. (She was 57.) He seemed like the guy to talk to.
The idea of delaying interventions until the age of 50 is quickly becoming as antiquated as rock-hard silicone breast implants.
Jacono tells me that a third of his patients who “want what they like to call a ‘throat occlusion'” are around 40 years old. He also explained why people choose to go under the knife. He says liposuction can take away some of the fullness, “but then you have extra bloody skin underneath that can get wrinkled over time.” Bloused? Wrinkled? His words conjure up an image of the Calypso clearing shelf in the early hours of the morning. For maximum results, I should consider getting a proper neck lift to tighten the muscles underneath and remove excess skin, which is $ 50,000 at Jacono. He tells me to wait a couple of years before considering such a procedure.
When it comes to liposuction, sutures, and other non-invasive to minimally invasive skin treatments, it results in a 25 to 30 percent improvement. He adds a few real life facts: The youth have the advantage when it comes to cosmetic surgery because younger skin and tissues heal better and are more resilient. The idea of delaying interventions until the age of 50 is quickly becoming as antiquated as rock-hard silicone breast implants.
I don’t have $ 50,000 left, but if I did, I’d be on Jacono’s waiting list. I know what that sounds like. When I tell friends that I want to do this, they say, “You are crazy.” But who knows, knows. My sister and I talked about it. I can imagine Zac Efron would be sympathetic; Internet rumors abounded when he appeared in a Facebook video in April with an extra-chiseled-looking jaw. So I keep seeing Idriss and get pens and lasers. Surgery – I think about it. Until then, keep your head up.
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