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Jaw Surgery

Jaw Augmentation and Reduction in Los Angeles

Your jaw shapes the rest of your face, providing a frame for the rest of your features. If you are uncomfortable with its appearance because it is too large, too small, or protrudes differently, you can achieve the look that you want with jaw (mandible) augmentation or reduction surgery in Los Angeles.

Jaw Augmentation

Jaw (mandible) augmentation is a type of surgery that is designed to bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance of your face. If you are bothered by a small and/or weak jaw, or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with mandible implants may benefit you.

We use jaw implants to increase the width of the lower third of your face. Much like the chin, a weak jaw can be thought of as one that is not well-defined and distinct from the neck, or one that slopes rather than angles from the ear to the chin. In some cases, both the chin and jaw can be contributing to facial imbalance.

There are surgical and nonsurgical techniques for jaw augmentation. The non-surgical procedure uses dermal fillers to enhance and refine your jaw line. This process will need to be repeated every six months to a year as the results of the fillers begin to fade.

In other cases, jaw implants may be necessary to achieve your desired augmentation. Although any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the jaw is the most common site for facial implants. Jaw implants can help bring your jaw to a more proportionate size with the rest of your face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features.

Jaw Reduction

Jaw (mandible) reduction is used to narrow the lower third of the face—particularly the contribution from the mandible and its muscular attachments. There are several techniques that our Los Angeles plastic surgeons may use for your treatment—including surgical and non-surgical methods.

The size of the jawbone is what determines the width of the lower face. If the bone is thick and wide or the muscle is thick and bulky, it will result in a widened face. To reduce the size of the jaw line, the bone is carefully filed down and a portion of the muscle is removed. The muscle will still function properly, but the fullness will be decreased. This will create a more oval-shaped jaw line with a softer and smoother angle.

Surgical techniques are used to directly reduce the size of an enlarged mandible. Your incision can be made on the inside or outside of the mouth, though the internal incision is the most common because it leaves no visible scar. A burr is used to remove the outer layer of the enlarged mandible, narrowing the jaw.

Non-surgical techniques are essentially limited to cases in which the masseter is enlarged. A convenient method to treat an enlarged muscle is through the use of Botox injections. Botox is injected into the enlarged muscle, weakening it so it slowly becomes smaller through atrophy over the course of several months. There is no downtime with this non-surgical approach and improvement is gradual—nobody will notice that you have had Botox treatments performed.

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