Although the term “Asian V-Line jaw surgery” originated in South Korea, the actual procedure was invented by our very own Dr. Douglas Ousterhout — one of the world’s pioneers of craniofacial and jaw surgery. This type of jaw surgery is very popular in South Korea and throughout Asia, however, it is important to note that it is not restricted to any particular ethnic group.
Most of our clients seek out V-Line surgery because of a short chin and a very wide, or overly ‘masculine’ jaw shape. A very prominent jaw (in women in particular) may cause the lower face to appear too wide, and often our patients seek a softer, slender, more feminine profile. The procedure encompasses three critical elements of the shape of the lower face: the angles of the jaw; the body of the mandible; and the shape of the chin. The surgery contours and slims the lower jaw, creating a more slender jawline while at the same time reducing jaw width and a producing a sharper, better-defined chin profile.
We are often asked if a chin implant isn’t a less invasive surgical option to V-Line surgery. An implant on its own will not deliver the same result as V-Line surgery. Implants are popular because they seem like an easy solution, however, we believe that placing a foreign object — such as an implant — into your own body can be problematic, and may cause complications because it is not naturally part of your body. Read more about chin implants and Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) here.
Unfortunately, many of our V-Line patients are in fact “revision” patients who have had chin implants installed by unskilled or non-Board Certified surgeons. This is because simply inserting a chin implant will not reduce an overly square jaw or an unwanted “double chin”. Although chin implants are popular, they cannot give the same results as a well-performed V-Line procedure. Read more about revision surgery for chin implants and Asian V-Line here.
The procedure works to create an ideal V-shape contour of the jaw and chin and is ideal for those with:
- Overly square or U-shaped jawline
- Overly masculine jaw shape
- Bloated or “chubby” cheeks
- Double chin
However, a surgical consultation with your surgeon is necessary to determine which procedure would best suit your particular circumstances and facial features.
You may safely choose to have V-Line jaw surgery at the same time as most other surgical, or non-surgical procedures to gain your desired result. V-Line jaw reduction surgery is most popularly performed in combination with Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) or Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery).
Your desired results will depend very much on your expectations and the thorough pre-op planning that you have undertaken in collaboration with your surgeon. Depending on your circumstances, Dr. Deschamps-Braly may use the latest in 3D imaging technology and virtual surgery planning techniques prior to your procedure to ensure a successful result. The planning process involves digitally mapping your chin and jaw before surgery to generate a 3D virtual model to ensure a successful result.