Commonly known as facial bone reshaping surgery, a jaw reduction procedure is often performed on patients with a prominent and masculine (square) jawline. Patients often undergo this procedure with an objective to achieve a smaller, feminine and slender (V-shape) face. While most patients may qualify for this surgery, a jaw reduction procedure is best performed on those who:
✅ Have a square or flat lower jaw
✅ Have a wide and round lower jaw
✅ Have a long jaw or an asymmetric jaw
✅ Desire a better facial shape from any angle
Typically carried out under general anesthesia, the entire jaw reduction procedure is performed from inside the mouth. The surgeon will first make a small incision between the cheek and gums so that there is no visible scarring, whereby a laser or micro saw will be used to sculpt the desired jawline. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will close the incision with dissolvable stitches that will disintegrate naturally on their own within two weeks.
During the recovery process, it is important to get ample rest and avoid strenuous activity. The patient may also be placed on a liquid diet for a few days after the procedure, and eventually progress to soft foods and a regular diet as the healing continues.
Swelling and soreness typically subside within a few weeks following the procedure. Results can be observed after three or four weeks of recovery; however, individual healing times may vary depending on a variety of factors such as the complexity of the procedure and personal recovery progress.