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Jaw Reduction, Mandible Contouring, V-Line Surgery

Jaw reduction consultation

Your surgeon will sit down with you and discuss the features of your lower face that you would like to change.  They will perform a detailed exam and explain what is causing these features – bone, muscle, or other soft tissues.  Reducing the jaw bone (mandible) is the most common and most significant way to reduce lower facial fullness in most patients, but muscle, fat, and other soft tissues can also be reduced.  Your surgeon will help you decide what the best technique would be to reach your goals.  

How is jaw reduction surgery performed?

For most patients all of the incisions can be made inside of the mouth, so there are no visible scars on the skin.  Through those incisions bone and soft tissue can be adjusted to make the shape and size of the jaw more feminine. The incisions are closed with dissolving stitches and soft wrap is used to put gentle pressure on the jaw to help with healing.  

How long does it take to recover from jaw reduction surgery?

The jaw swells significantly in more patients, and it will take several months for all of the swelling to go away.  The mouth is typically quite sore for a few days, but it improves quickly. There are no firm diet restrictions, but most patients say that they were sore enough that only ate soft foods for a couple days after surgery.  We have you wear a soft compressive dressing that puts gentle pressure on the jaw for one week, and then at night for another week.  

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