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How to Get A Better Jawline

The quest for a defined jawline has become so widespread that numerous articles, blog posts and social media videos are dedicated to the topic of achieving a better jawline. While some advocate for cosmetic surgery to combat signs of aging or enhance jawline strength, others propose simple exercise routines as the solution.

In this blog, we aim to highlight an effective middle ground. While solely relying on exercises may not significantly alter your jawline or neck, costly cosmetic procedures may not always be necessary either. Achieving the desired strong, symmetrical and youthful jawline can often be accomplished through straightforward, minimally invasive treatments such as dermal fillers.

Exercises for an enhanced jawline

As a more affordable way to see enhancements in our appearance, there has been a boom in videos proclaiming that they have an exercise routine that can enhance your jawline. It’s highly debatable how much benefit any chin or jaw exercise can provide – there has never been a peer reviewed scientific study to find a link between any exercise and reducing the signs of ageing in the jawline, neck, chin or décolletage.

Nevertheless, some swear by exercise routines to create a stronger or more desirable jawline. Given they are all free to try, you could argue that there is no harm in trying to following.


Smiling is a popular and easy exercise, with advocates suggesting it helps to tighten muscles and therefore strengthen the jaw. It may well be that smiling makes people look younger and that bit more radiant, because when we smile we exude happiness. In any case, smiling a bit more can only be a positive.

Clenching the Jaw

Those who are fans of jaw clenching as an exercise suggest you clench for around 10 seconds and then release; repeat these 10 to 15 times. Over time, you can increase the time for each clench. This is an exercise you can subtly work in to your routine while sat at home or commuting to the office.

Chew Gum

Similar to clenching, chewing gum exercises the jaw muscles. Choose sugar-free gum and then chew away as much as you like.

Chin Lifts

Tilt your head up and back and look at the ceiling then make a kissing motion by pressing your lips forward; hold this position and then release. Repeat several times.

There is a simple reason why exercises will often fail to enhance the jawline. Most people seeking to strengthen their jawline, perhaps to create the perfect V shape or to add length to their face, are doing so partly because of signs of ageing, and exercise won’t address these issues. Most problems to do with the jawline are caused by a lack of volume, whether that’s because of the fat moving downwards, the skin becoming looser, or definition being lost. The problem is not lack of muscle development.

Health hacks for a sharper jawline

Lifestyle habits make a big difference to our skin and overall appearance, so here are some tips that may help. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which not only aids in weight management but also improves circulation and can potentially boost metabolism. Additionally, the act of drinking water provides mild exercise for the jaw.

You should also maintain a healthy diet low in sugars and fats to support weight loss and potentially enhance the definition of the jawline. Avoiding refined carbs is crucial, as their high consumption can lead to fat storage in the face, resulting in a fuller appearance.

Ensure you get enough sleep, aiming for the recommended eight hours per night, as it offers numerous health benefits. While the direct impact of sleep on jawline appearance is debated, sufficient sleep is essential for overall wellbeing.

The real secret to improving your jawline

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Ultimately, when it comes to how to get a sharper jawline, you need to address the signs of ageing and sculpt to enhance the shape. This leaves two main options – cosmetic surgery or minimally invasive dermal fillers.

There are advantages to both options.


Cosmetic surgeons offer procedures specifically tailored to enhance the jawline, often in conjunction with a neck lift, to achieve the desired results. While cosmetic surgery doesn’t halt the ageing process, it can create a more youthful appearance, effectively delaying visible signs of ageing.

Undertaking cosmetic surgery is a major decision, involving general anaesthesia, hospital stays, post-operative care and a significant recovery period. Recovery may also necessitate taking a week or more off work, along with limitations on typical activities during certain periods such as exercise. Prospective patients should carefully consider these factors, weighing the benefits against the potential drawbacks.

Cost is also a significant consideration, as major procedures involve expenses amounting to thousands of pounds. To gauge achievable results, examining before-and-after photos on a surgeon’s website under consistent conditions and reviewing authentic patient testimonials, such as those found on independent platforms like RealSelf, can provide valuable insights.


The final option to consider, and in our opinion the most effective, is jawline fillers. Dermal fillers work through targeted injections that add volume, smooth wrinkles and help to sculpt the area.

One concern with this option is that because dermal fillers are an under-regulated field, there are few obstacles preventing almost anyone offering them as a service. However, you can avoid this pitfall by opting for a qualified cosmetic doctor – many will have medical training and have worked as GP or similar.

Fillers are, of course, used in many other areas, such as to smooth lines around the mouth or add volume to the cheeks. They work by stimulating collagen creation, which naturally decreases as we age, affecting the plumpness and elasticity of the skin. For the jawline, a thicker gel of hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) may be used. This means less filler is required than would otherwise be the case.

Results can be seen quickly, but it’s important to note that they’re not permanent – the length of time results will last will vary, but they usually last around a year. After this, further injections will be required to maintain the youthful, sculpted look you’ve achieved. However, you may require a smaller dose of fillers than the original dose, as the levels of collagen production remain somewhat stimulated.

One of the main benefits of fillers is that the results are predictable when administered by an experienced practitioner. It’s also possible to start off with a smaller dose to ensure you are happy with the result, and then top up with a little more to enhance the effect further. In other words, your jawline can be improved in stages.

Another advantage is that because fillers are minimally invasive, there’s no downtime required after your treatment so you can return to your daily routine immediately.

Dermal fillers on the neck, jaw and chin can also be used in combination with other treatments to create what is known as a surgery-free facelift. This can have the impact of a deep plane face lift, but at a fraction of the cost and recovery time.


Doctor Nyla is one of the leading cosmetic dermatologists in the UK. Trusted by many high-profile clients, her expertise makes her a leading authority on all aspects of aesthetic treatments.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, or simply want further information about any of our treatments, please contact us today. Call us on 0808 189 3539 or use the Contact Form.