Let’s face it: we’re all fiending for a snatched jawline. And yeah, that includes me. There’s a few different ways to achieve that sharp + defined look, but the treatment I had my eye on? Jawline filler. However, an injector is just like an artist — looking at the angles and contours of your face and deciding which features to define — so it’s important to choose someone you trust. I had been following Rachel Hechanova, PA-C’s work for a while, and I was impressed with her amazing jawline transformations. So when I had the chance to head over to Facile Dermatology + Boutique in Pasadena and meet with Rachel, I jumped at the chance.
Even though this was my first time getting any type of aesthetic treatment, I walked in feeling totally ready. Rachel and I went over what I was hoping to achieve at the appointment (leave with a snatched jawline, of course), and she came up with a treatment plan: sculpt my jawline with hyaluronic acid filler. However when everything was prepped and it was time to inject, all the butterflies in my stomach turned into moths. I suddenly realized that this was one of the most vulnerable moments of my life. There I was sitting, a big needle looming over my face, and the potential to hate the way I looked afterwards loomed over my head. Rachel sensed my nervousness right away, and reassured me that I would feel more pressure from the needle rather than pain and that I could stop at any time if I needed to.
I’m usually pretty good with needles. When I get my blood drawn I never flinch or need to look away. But the first prick of this needle felt nothing like getting your blood drawn. The initial prick didn’t hurt, but the pressure of the filler slowly moving out of the syringe and into my chin was uncomfortable. Each poke of the needle and subsequent fill took about 30 seconds each — not as quick as I’d hoped in the moment. It wasn’t so much the pain or the pressure that got to me, but the sounds. As the syringe goes through your skin to place the filler, it pokes through all of your tissue and makes a sickening crunching noise — think a plastic water bottle being crushed under a truck tire. Luckily, the whole thing was over fairly quickly, about 20 minutes over all. And Rachel checked in with me every couple of minutes to make sure that I was feeling okay, a small gesture that made me much more comfortable during the process.
Before jawline filler
“I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror and OH MY GOD — I almost didn’t recognize myself. ”
After jawline filler
I didn’t notice any life changing differences immediately afterwards, which is normal — jawline filler can take a few weeks to settle in. Over the next couple of days, I experienced mild soreness in the jawline area, and still no dramatic differences. But in about the third week I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror and OH MY GOD — I almost didn’t recognize myself. My jawline was so crisp, so defined. Any discomfort I went through was immediately worth it. Generally results last about a year (which I am so happy about). Many people require multiple sessions to see their desired results, and I’m lucky I got it done in one session and with 2 syringes total. I couldn’t have asked for a better injector who made my first experience with filler extremely comfortable. I’ll definitely be back in a year.