Women are getting jaw shots to look like their Instagram filters
Filter — or filler?
The hot new ask at celebrity dermatologist Amy Wechsler’s office is jawline contouring with filler, so people can mimic the Kim Kardashian-esque look of Instagram and Snapchat filters in real life.
“I’m doing 20 a week now,” Laura Dyer, a board-certified PA and injection specialist at Wechsler’s Upper East Side space, tells The Post. “[Last year], I was doing around four to seven jawlines a week total. Social media filters give you that strong, beautiful jawline, and people want their pictures to match their real face.”
Jawline fillers can give the face a more symmetrical look by adding definition back to the areas that have experienced age-related bone loss and “put the volume back to where it used to be,” says Dyer, who’s a favorite of influencers including E!’s Zanna Roberts Rassi and Makeup by Mario’s Mario Dedivanovic.
The needles are filled with hyaluronic acid, an FDA-approved dermal filler. It combines with water and swells into a gel, causing a smoothing and filling effect.
“Picture a wedding tent with its tent poles on the ground and when it’s raised, and the entire tent lifts,” Dyer says. “That’s essentially what we are doing with filler. It plumps and balances the areas that need it.”
Although every injection specialist has their own technique, the procedure typically takes around 20 minutes and consists of multiple injections along the lower jaw, from ear to chin. If you go with a long-lasting formula — results can last for up to two years, says Dyer — it starts around $1200 with top docs in New York.
Bruising and swelling are common, but temporary, and “you can hide it with your hair,” says Dyer.
The procedure’s popularity is a little surprising, given that many former filler fans have been scrambling to deflate their over-puffed faces as of late. But patient Janelle Alfonso, 27, says this is way subtler than most plump-ups.
“My friend was like, ‘Something is different about you, but I’m not sure what it is,’ ” says Alfonso, who works in fashion. “It’s such a small change, no one can pinpoint what I did. The bottom of my face just looks a bit more taut.”
Alfonso, who opted for filler along the jawline only, says she had been researching procedures for a while because she “has a round face” and wanted a more angular profile. (Dyer says the procedure is “perfect” for rounder shapes.) She had already tried Botox, but this was her first foray into fillers.
Her only side effect was immediate, noticeable swelling, “almost like I had a dental procedure done.” But, she says, it’s “not as bad as wisdom teeth [removal] or anything.”
Would she do it again?
“Absolutely,” she says. “I wish I did a little more, honestly.”
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