Jaw Contouring (Reshaping / Tapering)

How does jaw contouring or reshaping feminize the male face?

Typically, the shape of the male jaw is wider and higher than the female jaw. Men tend to have wider, heavier-set jawlines than women with a heavier mid-body area and a sharper angle between the chin and jaw as well as a flat base, giving a male jawline a prominent “square” look. Women’s jawlines typically have rounder edges, are more tapered and pointed–even if the jawline may appear square.

Jaw Contouring (also known as Jaw Tapering or Jaw Reduction) is used to modify and feminize prominent male jawlines as part of Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS). The back “corner” of the male jaw can also be reshaped to be rounder and smoother and more feminine looking. Bone can be shaved off along the lower edge of the jaw and chewing muscles reduced (see: Masseter Muscle Reduction) to make the jawline appear narrower.

What are the benefits of jaw contouring within Facial Feminization?

Jaw Contouring narrows the overall shape of the face, subtly refines jawline angles, and helps to improve the overall proportions of facial features. The procedure lessens the width of the face, thereby making it more feminine in appearance. Individuals with asymmetrical or lopsided-appearing faces also benefit from this procedure. The results will look natural and provide balance and harmony to facial proportions.

Note, many “before and after” results provided on websites offering this surgery outside of the US and specifically in South Korea, show distorted, highly Photoshopped images that are not only unaesthetic in appearance, but they are also not realistic results, and more importantly, would not be safe to do to patients.

How is jaw contouring performed within Feminization Surgery?

Within Facial Feminization Surgery, Jaw Contouring is always performed under general anesthesia as part of the larger set of required FFS procedures. The incision is made inside of the mouth all the way around the lower gum with no outside skin incisions, leaving no visible scars. Dr. Deschamps then uses specialized tools and instruments to precisely remove bone where it is needed. The procedure may involve removing bone from the flared angle back near the ears.

What is Masseter Muscle Reduction?

If your jaw is quite wide in appearance, your surgeon may also perform a masseter muscle reduction to remove some of the masseter muscle. This is a safe procedure when performed by a skilled surgeon, and is suitable for a patient who is willing to perform exercises to maintain the mouth opening size.

We carefully consider the risks and benefits when offering this surgery because of the increased post-surgical pain and swelling patients may experience. Massetter muscle reduction may also be achieved non-surgically via Botox injections to reduce its size. Dr. Deschamps-Braly will advise you on which method will work for you.

What can I expect after jaw surgery?

Minimal and localized swelling and bruising around the incision is the most common phase of recovery. Patients experience mild discomfort in the initial days after surgery.