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This woman had a face lift operation and a chemical peel of the skin around her mouth.  But she also had another procedure, called a pre-jowl implant.  The jowl makes a bulge in the jaw line, and there usually appears to be a dent just in front of the jowl.  The face lift pulls the jowl's excess skin up and back toward the ear to smooth the jaw line, but the smoothing can be more effective if we put something underneath the skin to push out that dent at the same time.

That something is called a pre-jowl implant, and as the name suggests, it fills out the depression in front of the jowl.  The implant looks very much like a chin implant, but it is shaped so that it doesn't make the chin stronger from the profile view.  The face lift surgery tutorial contains a chapter devoted to the topic of pre-jowl implants (the surgery tutorials contain explicit photographs taken during surgery).


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Questioner: Can I Have a Tip Refinement Instead of Full Rhinoplasty?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Probably a tip refinement wouldn't be best for your nose
It's only the rarest of cases where you can work *only* on the tip. Changing the tip's appearance also changes what we think of the other parts of the nose, and they almost always have to be adjusted so the nose matches aesthetically. See my "Web reference" link for a morph of what changes I see for your nose.

Besides the strong tip cartilages, the bridge of your nose is strong in its forward projection away from the face, particularly at the top of the nose, where the nose begins just below the eyebrows. In my morph, I reduced the strength of your nose up there, reduced the width of the tip. Then, I moved the tip a little closer to your face as well, because that's a change that often happens when we're narrowing a tip. And I elevated the tip a small amount, so it doesn't cover your upper lip as much on the frontal view. Then I tucked up the columella, which is the part of the nose between the left nostril and the right nostril. That part can be brought up a small amount, decreasing the amount of the inside of your nose that is visible from the profile view.

The doctor you consider using for your surgery should be able to put together for you all of the aesthetic areas that you notice, and show you how changing those areas have implications for the *rest* of the nose.

Link to this question on RealSelf.com