Masculinizing Jaw Augmentation and Recontouring
The Key Differences Between the Female and Male Jaw
The male face is characterized in part by his strong, well-defined jawline; making the differences between the jaw profiles of men and women a significant indicator of gender identity.
A large, prominent jaw is regarded as a more masculine characteristic, whereas a softer, less defined jaw is perceived as being more feminine. Men have wider, heavier-set jawlines with a sharper angle between the chin and jaw, as well as a flatter base, giving a male jawline a prominent “square” look.
How does reshaping the jaw masculinize the face within the context of Facial Masculinization?
Masculinizing Jaw Augmentation and Recontouring surgery is performed to sculpt and reshape the jaw, creating a more angled facial profile. The procedure adds width to the overall shape of the face, and increases the prominence of the angle of the mandible which makes the jaw appear more square–from both the side and the front views.
In the context of Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS), Jaw Augmentation effectively alters the profile of jaws that are too feminine in appearance, or a jawline that appears out of balance with other facial features. This surgery may also be used to correct structural jaw issues, natural asymmetries or lopsided features due to congenital issues or facial trauma.
Jaw surgery is typically performed using custom implants. The aim being to reshape and augment to produce a natural-looking masculine jaw shape. The outcomes are meticulously planned by Dr. Deschamps-Braly to provide balance and harmony to facial proportions and create a natural masculine-looking result.
How is Masculinizing Jaw Augmentation performed?
Jaw augmentation is performed by making incisions inside the mouth and inserting implants.
Prior to your surgery implants are ordered or sime some cases manufactured to the desired jaw line shape. Depending on your desired results in terms of masculinization, this is one of the few instances where bone grafting, or using fat injections are not typicially recommended. Most often, implants will be inserted along the lower edge of the jaw to achieve the desired aesthetic look.
Dr. Deschamps-Braly uses his own custom-designed, specialized instruments to make incisions inside the mouth to create a pocket for each jaw implant, which is then positioned flush against the existing jawbone and held in place with titanium screws. An identical implant is inserted on the other side. Incisions are closed with sutures that will dissolve on their own inside the mouth. Titanium screws are used to hold implants in place.
There are no outside skin incisions made in this procedure–which means there are no visible scars.
This procedure is often included as part of the set of surgeries included in Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS) that can take 6-12 hours.
Who is a candidate for Jaw Surgery?
Patients undergoing Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS) are ideal candidates for jaw augmentation, which is typically performed in combination with other facial procedures, such as forehead augmentation and forehead lengthening, cheek augmentation, rhinoplasty, and chin masculinization. The overall goal being to create an ideal balance of facial features that appear naturally masculine.
However, jaw reshaping may also requested by cisgendered males who are seeking a more masculine look. As a standalone procedure it takes one to two hours to complete.
What can I expect after surgery?
The most common side effect of this procedure is swelling, which typically peaks between 24 to 48 hours post-surgery. After the initial swelling subsides, there may be mild residual swelling that lasts several weeks or even months, therefore, you may not see the final results of your jaw augmentation procedure for at least month.
While healing, you may have limited ability to talk, smile, or fully move your mouth. Dr. Deschamps-Braly will explain all dietary and oral hygiene guidelines to help optimize post-op healing.