Jawline surgery, also sometimes called orthognathic surgery, can reshape the jaw and chin. It can be used to either enhance and define the jaw or reduce the size of the bone to give the chin a slimmer look. In some cases, the surgery can be used to realign the teeth and jaw if they’re not working properly.
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Procedure for jawline surgery
- For most jawline surgeries, you will be put under general anesthesia.
- Cuts are typically made inside the mouth, so there’s no obvious scarring.
- If your jaw or teeth are misaligned, it will be cut and then repositioned.
- Tiny bone plates, screws, and wires or rubber bands may be used to secure the jaw in its place. The screws are permanent and will integrate into the jaw over time.
- If you’re getting a jaw reduction, a small incision will be made inside your mouth between the gum and the cheek.
- The surgeon will use a laser or a micro saw to shave off part of the bone.
Jawline surgery targets the jaw, chin, and teeth. It can be performed on the upper or lower jaw, or both, depending on your needs
What to expect after jawline surgery
It’s normal to have facial swelling after surgery, and depending on the scope of your surgery, you will likely stay in the hospital for a few days.
Your surgeon will provide instructions about what’s safe to eat and drink, what type of painkillers you can take, how to sleep without disrupting the jaw, and when you can return to work or school.
You should not smoke or do strenuous activity or exercise after the procedure. Once the swelling is gone, you will see results immediately and they are permanent, though you may still need braces to align your teeth with your new jaw shape.