Jaw Augmentation (mandibular augmentation) improves the appearance of jaws that may look out of balance with other facial features. Jaw augmentation may also be used to correct structural jaw issues due to congenital deficiencies or facial trauma due to injury or accident. The procedure is intended to restore visual balance to the face by making a so-called “weak” jaw appear more angular and defined. A large, prominent jaw is often identified as a more masculine characteristic, whereas a softer, less defined jaw is perceived as being more feminine.
Patients undergoing Facial Masculinization Surgery are ideal candidates for jaw augmentation, particularly when performed in combination with other facial procedures, as it will make the face appear more masculine.
Jaw augmentation is performed under general anesthesia by making an incision inside of the patient’s mouth and inserting manufactured implants that have been created to the desired jawline shape. Once inserted, the implant is positioned flush against the existing jawbone and held in place with titanium screws. An identical implant is inserted on the other side. Closing sutures will dissolve on their own inside the mouth. Depending on the desired outcome, this procedure is sometimes combined with chin augmentation to achieve an ideal balance of facial features.
The most common side effect of this procedure is swelling, which typically peaks between 24 to 48 hours post-surgery. The significant swelling will subside within a few days, but there may be mild swelling that lasts several weeks or even months, so you may not see the final results of the jaw contour until a month or so after the procedure. While healing, you may have limited ability to talk, smile, or fully move your mouth. Your doctor will discuss all dietary and oral hygiene guidelines with you to help promote optimal healing.
Since jaw augmentation operations are performed through incisions completely inside of the mouth, there are no external scars or visible evidence that an operation was performed.