Because f*ck abs! On a serious note, I workout to improve my jaw – predominantly. It’s my favourite area to inspect; it’s the area I suggest when someone asks if I’d consider plastic surgery.
I’m not alone
Non-surgical jaw treatment has fast become popular. Back in 2016, Cosmopolitan spoke with Simon Ourian, M.D. – a doctor who’s before and after non-surgical chin augmentation videos on Instagram receive approximately 500k to one million likes. He suggests people with stronger chins get perceived as “stronger, smarter” and “more of a go-getting type of person”. We talk about lips and eyebrows, but jawlines dominate society.
Just think about supermodels. The Kardashians dramatically altered their jawlines, as did Ashton Kutcher and Nicole Kidman according to drastic past and present photos. (At the end of this post, I’ve included a link to see). Even Monroe received plastic surgery on her chin. Last year, The New York Times blamed our jawline obsession on social media selfies. The article discusses the countless options now available to surgeons and aestheticians to ‘fix’ the area.
Plastic surgeon Aaron Rollins for example, invented an AirSculpt procedure. This involves individually plucking fat cells which he describes as “photoshop on the face”. When I went to Harley Street to review a facial, I felt I had entered a street where face and body modifications equalled the same casualness as attending a hair appointment.
My underlying obsession to improve my jaw
Me and my sister wanted a street artist in Greece to sketch us together – asking two children to sit still for an hour didn’t seem achievable to my mother. We came across an artist who snapped photographs and then chose one to sketch. During our snaps, she told me to close my mouth. My overbite doesn’t fully allow this to happen, and I felt sad at pursing my lips awkwardly together. The images depicted me metaphorically biting a lemon.
The street artist was nice however – rather generous. She sketched my jaw immaculate and my lips rested naturally. I didn’t know what Photoshop was at the time, though I viewed the drawing as an aspiration. In school a boy once called me beaver and I remember a teacher imitating me by widening their mouth open. Pleading to my mother, she took me to an orthodontist who recommended two expensive braces to wear together. After spending a fortune, I took the braces home and didn’t wear them.
They permanently made my jaw stick forward and mouth a shocked expression. My mum admitted she wouldn’t wear them in public – which for her to say having bought them, suggests the extent the braces altered my face. Whenever I’m getting my hair cut and listening to someone talk, I’m silently thinking I wish to improve my jaw. I wish I didn’t worry about it – though the overbite has drastically decreased with age.
Exercise to improve my jaw
I’m not certain what face shape I currently have; five years ago, it was clearly round. Marie Claire believe Priyanka Chopra and Kate Upton have round faces, so the shape itself isn’t unattractive. I didn’t like my lack of definition and side-view portrait. Jennifer Lopez and Audrey Hepburn represented the chiselled features I dreamt. I don’t do specific exercises to improve my jaw, nonetheless Health.com writer Chelsey Hamilton says “face fitness” has made a difference. I’m going to attempt face exercises sourced from Mario Adrion to see the effect.
Since working out in general, I have noticed significant difference in my jaw and cheek definition. I’m more comfortable and happier to wear my hair scraped back and feel confident in closeup photos. As a perfectionist, I still see room for improvement, and I’d never completely rule out surgery or non-surgical treatment. Some argue age has contributed and perhaps so. Yet at 22 and past puberty, my face wouldn’t sculpt without me losing weight.
Surprisingly, a few years ago I managed to drop a shoe size and had to research to prove to people it’s possible. Usual exercise conversation involves inspecting abs, legs and arms etc. I think as well as those body aspects and mental wellbeing, exercising and eating well contributes greatly to your face and features. Not necessarily better, depending on perception and ideal.
Social apps provide opportunity to analyse and edit our appearance. Goodbye random Kodak smiles. Millennials in particular, have grown acutely aware of their physical projection and this increases pressure. For me, I didn’t need social media to bubble my insecurity to improve my jaw. I probably lost most confidence working as a makeup artist and surviving in an industry promoting ‘skinny’ attributes.
I hope in creating this post, I haven’t triggered anyone’s jawline insecurity. Do you think social media has increased a particular self-doubt or have you always had a feature you wanted to change? Click here to see the celebrities who have modified their chins.