Gender of the jaw
- Gentle curve from the earlobe to the chin
The male jawbone is usually heavier built and tends to be wider, because of the muscles attached to the corners of the jawbone being larger. Female jaw lines run in a gentle curve from the earlobe to the chin. In males, it tends to drop down straight from the ear and then turn at a sharp angle towards the chin, creating a square appearance.
Feminizing the jaw
Having a jaw angle 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 surgery is combined with chin feminization surgery 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 shave. This can be tightened after the original jaw shave procedure with a lower face-lift.
Procedure jaw shave
- General anesthesia—General anesthesia is usually required for this surgery.
- 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 shave
- Hospitalisation— Most patients will spend two nights in the hospital following surgery.
- 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 half 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 surgery
- 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.
In our experience no bone has ever grown back.
If you haven’t had any treatment involving your teeth a sliding genioplasty or orthognathic surgery, you’ll be able to eat normally quite soon. Due to the effects of general anesthesia, you should only feel nausea for the first few hours. You may prefer to eat softer or pureed foods initially if you have intra-oral sutures. Patients should prepare accordingly in advance and purchase juices, yoghurt and soups to have during for the first few days after surgery.
After a sliding genioplasty you should be very careful not to put too much force on the lower jaw e.g. by eating raw meat (steak) or biting an apple. The jaw is really weak in the chin area and it will take about 6 weeks until it has regained it’s original strength.
They dissolve in about six weeks. They don’t have to be removed.
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