Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Did you know you can change your face shape without surgery? Here’s how

Naturally change your face shape and sharpen your jawline without invasive tools or surgery

Face shape is a major factor in your overall look. It’s no secret that a strong jaw and sculpted cheeks are highly desirable, but most people don’t naturally have these features. Those with more round, undefined faces might resign themselves to working with what they have. After all, the shape of one’s shape is primarily the result of bone structure and genetics. However, did you know that you can actually change your face shape by sharpening your features with natural, non-surgical methods?

There are several lifestyle changes, exercises, and tools you can try to change your face shape. They range from fairly easy adjustments to more involved lifestyle changes. Many of these options work fairly rapidly when implemented, too. The best news? None of the following will involve going under the knife. Read on to learn more about how to change face shape naturally. 

Lifestyle, diet, and working out 

An array of health food

Your overall wellness and lifestyle can affect the appearance of your face. If you have a poor diet and aren’t very active, you can gain excess weight in the face just like in the rest of your body. This can hide the contours of your face and make it seem like your facial structure is rounder than it actually is. 

When you start to prioritize your overall health, you’ll notice that your face will slim down over time too. There are several lifestyle changes you can implement that will target the fat on your face, including:

  • Reducing salt intake 
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Drinking more water 
  • Focusing on cardio 
  • Sleeping more  
  • Eating less processed food


Mewing mouth posture
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Photo Credit: Eric Davis Dental 

When you’re trying to find out how to change the shape of your face, mewing is certainly one can’t-skip strategy.  

About 50 years ago, British professor John Mew and his son, Dr. Mike Mew, found that the way the tongue rests in the mouth and how often the mouth is open can factor into a person’s facial structure. This can impact the way a person’s face appears over time. The duo went on to create a facial exercise called “mewing.” 

Mewing is the act of adjusting your oral posture and implementing behavioral changes to retain or improve the structural appearance of your face. Proponents of the exercise claim that it can not only help tone the face, but it can also help alleviate oral pain and even better align the teeth. 

This exercise has three components: 

  • Keeping the mouth closed 
  • Keeping the teeth together 
  • Keeping the tongue on the roof of the mouth 

Chewing hard foods that help work the jaw, as well as sleeping with the mouth closed are also helpful exercises associated with mewing. 

Some claim that when implemented consistently, mewing can prevent facial sagging. The aim is to activate the horizontal muscles in your face and tighten up the facial structure. Changes can happen in as little as a couple of months. While these claims aren’t backed by scientific studies, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that mewing is effective. 

Mewing is easier to implement for younger people because their bones are still malleable, and it’s not as difficult to pick up new behaviors. This method can be a difficult adjustment for some older individuals if they’re not used to it. A lot of people tend to breathe through their mouths, not their noses. This leads to a habit of keeping the jaw slack, which can cause the face to grow longer and the teeth to become misaligned. 

Mouth taping 

Mouth tape for sleeping
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Photo Credit: Amazon

Mouth taping is a great tool for those hoping to give mewing a shot. As if it isn’t already hard enough to adjust the facial posture during your waking hours, sleeping correctly can be even more challenging. If you’re accustomed to sleeping with your mouth open, it can be very difficult to make the switch through sheer willpower alone.

One way to keep the mouth closed during sleep is to physically tape it shut. This forces you to breathe through the nose instead. As a result, the angle of the palate and the tongue can change. Not only can this help change the facial structure, but it can also lead to a host of other benefits, such as reduced snoring and improved quality of sleep. 

If you want to give mouth taping a shot, be sure to use porous tape meant for the skin. Tape like duct tape may irritate your lips. Affix the tape to the upper and lower lips and enjoy the benefits! 

Beard shaping 

man with facial hair
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Not looking for a major lifestyle change? Then consider making a simple adjustment to your beard grooming. You may be trimming it in a way that’s not very flattering to your face shape. Figuring out the most flattering beard shape for your face shape can make a world of difference in your overall appearance.

First, determine what face shape you have. There is a range of shapes, from triangle shaped to heart shaped. In general, you will fall into either a fuller face or a more slender face. If you have a round face, consider keeping your beard a bit fuller. If you have a more slender face shape, a more trimmed, streamlined beard will highlight your features best. Either way, be sure to remove hair from above the beard line and define the neck with a precise trimmer or razor. 

Lymphatic drainage massage 

Lymphatic drainage massage diagram
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Photo Credit: Sarah Anker

Lymph nodes are found throughout the body. With the help of special white blood cells called lymphocytes, they work to eliminate toxins, bacteria, and viruses from the body. While this is a necessary and beneficial process, lymph nodes that drain slowly can cause swelling. Lymphatic drainage massages are a way to optimize the natural draining process. 

Acts such as the Vodder lymphatic drainage method help release tension in the muscle and connective tissue of the face, neck, and head. It helps reduce puffiness in the face and other areas of the body. Lymphatic massages can also encourage healthy cell production, boost circulation, and reduce water retention. This simple five-minute addition to your daily routine can help sharpen your face shape in about a month. 

Editors' Recommendations

Selena Rodriguez
Selena is a Colorado-based writer and content creator. She is constantly on the hunt for the next adventure whether it's…
How to shape a beard: The ultimate guide for every face shape
Shaping your beard to fit your face is easy with this guide
Trimming a beard

Summer is around the corner, and you don't want to be caught with a scratchy, messy beard while you're trying to relax poolside. Regardless of time of year, it's vitally important to keep your beard grooming on point. For starters, having high-quality beard oil or beard balm will definitely help you get started, product-wise. Whether you're still getting the hang of growing one out, or are a seasoned pro, it's crucial to upkeep and maintain the best beard shape for you and your face shape. Yes, you read that right, maintain the best beard shape for your facial features.

Shaping your beard takes diligence, yet it yields incredible results and will make you look more handsome, as opposed to Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Whether you have experimented on your own with trimming your beard or not, now is the perfect time to learn how to tame and shape your beard to freshen up your look.

Read more
Massage for men: What you need to know before you book
Whether you were injured, working out, or just feeling a bit sore, a massage for men should be in your future
A man getting a massage.

You’re training regularly, getting your workouts in, or maybe just starting a new regime, and recognize that even with regular stretching, certain muscles are still pretty stiff and uncomfortable. Ice packs, heating pads, and everything else you've tried aren't working. It sounds like time to try a specific massage for men to get those knots undone.

No worries. We have everything you need to know about getting a basic massage. We spoke to licensed massage therapist Rich Kiamco, who trained at the Swedish Institute in New York, to get his expert opinion on the proper types of massage for a man, whether you need one due to muscle soreness from old age or your fitness journey.

Read more
Does sleeping on your side ruin your face shape? Experts weigh in
This is what you need to know about side sleeping and your skin
a man sleeping on his side, a close up

Are you a stomach or side sleeper? Brace yourselves. There’s a new rumor floating around on TikTok, and people are losing literal beauty sleep over it.

The latest buzz on the platform is that sleeping positions can change your face shape. TikTok creators — a scientific bunch that they are —are warning folks that sleeping on your stomach and side will change your face structure by causing it to sag.

Read more