Jaw shaving Having a jaw reduction can reduce the appearance and size of the jaw, making it rounder and more narrow at the square corners near the back of the jawbone. Usually, this jaw reduction is combined with chin recontouring to create a harmonious balance of these two adjacent areas. Patients over the age of […]
Having a jaw reduction can reduce the appearance and size of the jaw, making it rounder and more narrow at the square corners near the back of the jawbone. Usually, this jaw reduction is combined with chin recontouring to create a harmonious balance of these two adjacent areas. Patients over the age of 40 may experience some loose skin around the jaw or chin after a jaw reduction. This can be tightened after the original jaw reduction procedure with a lower face-lift.
Jaw Reduction procedure
- General aneasthesia—General anaesthesia is usually required for a jaw reduction.
- Incisions—Incisions are all made intraorally, so no scars will be visible on the outside.
- Micro-saw—Marked areas of prominent bone are cut with a micro-saw, curving down from back to front, to achieve a well-rounded contour.
- Stitching—The wound is closed with self-dissolving stitches.
Recovery of a jaw reduction
- Hospitalisation—Most patients will spend two nights in the hospital following jaw reduction.
- Swelling—Swelling is to be expected and varies greatly from person to person. A special mask will cool the surface of your face and keep bruising, swelling and pain to a minimum. The swelling usually lasts a significant amount of time with these procedures. Swelling and bruising will peak 2-3 days after surgery. It takes six weeks to 3 months for most of the obvious swelling to leave, on average 6 months for every bit of swelling to leave.
- Numbness— Most women experience temporary numbness.
Work and sports: If you don’t mind being seen with the swelling, you may be able to return to your social activities 7 to 10 days after the surgery. You will have to wait until the third or fourth week before doing any hard work or physical exercise.
- Stitches in the mouth—The stitches our self absorbable. They dissolve in about two weeks time.
Complications of jaw reduction
- Infection—Infections are possible but rare.
- Numbness—Partial numbness of part of the jaw because of mental nerve damage (is rare but possible).
- Asymmetry—Even though the surgeon marks very carefully the areas he is going to operate, there may be asymmetries. They can always be corrected afterwards.