What is Jaw Enhancement Surgery?
Jaw enhancement surgery, also known as jaw augmentation or mandibular augmentation, is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the jaw.
The procedure gives definition to a weak jawline so as to improve the visual balance of the face. Jaw enhancement is also done to correct structural deformities or injuries to the jaw.
Jaw augmentation is typically carried out with the use of implants made of biocompatible materials, namely silicon and polyethylene. The implants are available in different shapes and sizes. They are typically pre-shaped, but can be custom-made and are designed to fit directly into the jawline. The choice of implant will depend on the specific needs of each patient.
Jaw enhancement surgery is an outpatient procedure that is done under general anesthesia. Surgery can last for one to two hours. The operation is done with small incisions inside the mouth where the implants are secured into position further back along the jawline.
Swelling is the most common side effect of jaw augmentation, but most of the initial swelling resolves within 3-5 days. Mild swelling may persist for several weeks, or months in some cases. After jaw augmentation patients won’t be able to talk and smile as normal for a few days. However, most patients are able to return to work after 7 days. There are no external scars, since the incisions for surgery are made inside the mouth.
Benefits of Jaw Enhancement Surgery
Jaw enhancement is a type of facial surgery that may be necessary to bring the face into balance. Although it can be done alone, jaw augmentation is frequently a companion procedure to cheek augmentation or chin augmentation. That’s because it sometimes requires more than one procedure to create a harmonious facial blend, and achieve the desired look.
Benefits of jaw enhancement include the following:
Creates a stronger, more defined jawline that gives the rest of the facial features a natural balance. A stronger jawline also improves the profile, and enhances the appearance of the face and neck.
- While there are the normal risks associated with any type of plastic surgery procedure, jaw augmentation is quite safe when carried out by a board certified plastic surgeon.
- The results are permanent. The biocompatible materials used for the procedure typically last a lifetime.
- Corrects functional problems. Although jaw surgery is regularly done for cosmetic reasons, it can also be carried out to correct functional issues.
- Individuals that are self-conscious about the appearance of their weak jawline often experience a boost of confidence after jaw augmentation surgery.
- No external scars. Since the incisions for jaw augmentation are made inside the mouth, there are no visible scars from the operation.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals that have a weak or very small jaws and would like to accentuate their jawline are usually good candidates for jaw enhancement surgery? Patients should also be in good health and have realistic expectations about surgery.