Is my jaw too wide?
Jaw (Mandible) contouring, also known as V-line or K-pop surgery, has been extremely popular in Asian countries for years before emerging as a trend in the U.S. The term “K-Pop” surgery came from its popularity in Korea as it exemplifies the jawline of many prominent Korean pop stars. The jaw can be wide in the back near the angle, in the front near the chin, or both. The masseter muscle can also cause the back of the jaw to enlarge towards the back of the jawline. This can be addressed with botox performed every 3-4 months to shrink the muscle. It is often the case; however, that the actual bone structure of the jaw is wide leaving surgery as the best option.
How do you contour the jawline?
To perform mandible contouring, incisions are made inside the mouth to gain access to the bone. From there, the bone can be reshaped by rasping or making cuts in the bone to narrow the contour. In rasping, a special instrument similar to a powered nail file is used through those incisions to precisely sculpt the bone. When cuts to the bone are needed, the amount of bone to be removed in preplanned based on measurements on a preoperative CT scan to ensure that the procedure is done safely without damage to nerves or blood vessels. Sometimes titanium plates and screws are needed to keep the bone in place once it is in the proper position. Mandible contouring is just as much an art as it is a science. The right eye to determine the ideal degree of narrowing and shape of the jaw is essential when considering who to perform your surgery.
What is recovery like after jaw contouring?
The incisions in the mouth are closed with dissolving sutures. While healing, instructions are given to use a special mouthwash to keep bacteria from collecting in the crevices of the mouth. You will be able to brush your teeth as soon as you are comfortable. There is considerable swelling after this procedure mostly from enlargement of the masseter muscle along the edge of the jaw. For this reason, final results aren’t realized for at least 3 months and can continue to improve afterwards. A compressive dressing to give support to the chin and jaw is kept on at all times for one week and while at home afterwards for an additional 1-2 weeks.
Will I have loose skin after jaw contouring since the bone is smaller?
Since the jaw bone (mandible) is significantly smaller after surgery, sometime skin tightening is needed. Depending to the degree of laxity, a necklift or facetite may be needed. These procedures can also be done at the same time as jaw contouring to ensure your jawline is smooth and defined once it has healed.
What other options do I have to make the bottom half of my face smaller?
There is sometimes fullness to the lower half of the face even when the jaw bone isn’t very wide. One thing that can be causing this is the muscle attached to the bone called the masseter. In this situation, neuromodulators, like botox, can be injected into the muscle to shrink the fibers resulting in a narrower angle of the jaw. If you feel like you have chubby cheeks rather than a large jaw then the buccal fat pad can be removed to narrow the face. Masseter botox and buccal fat pad excision can be done at the same time as jaw contouring to address these issues.
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Jaw Contouring Packages
Slim and Sculpt
Narrow and tighten the lower half of the face with this comprehensive package. This package is ideal for those who already have a narrow jaw but want to slim the lower have of the face while maintaining or adding definition.
- Jaw Contouring
This combination treatment maximally reshapes the jaw bone and tightens the skin around it to prevent postoperative jowling.
- Radiesse injection
Do you want to create a wider, more defined jaw angle? This package first tightens the skin around the jawline with radiofrequency energy. After this is done, Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite filler) is injected between the chin, angle of the jaw, and any other area that has deficiency.