Description

This procedure is designed to add prominence and balance to a person’s face through enhancing an already-existent mandible structure. From silicone to fat or bone grafting, jaw implants are made from either synthetic or biological substances. Augmentation in this area will complement other facial features as well as redefine a person’s jaw. Jaw implants are sometimes used as part of a chin augmentation or done in conjunction with an anterior mini facelift.

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Length

About 1 to 2 hours.

Side Effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness.

Recovery

Restricted chewing and possible discomfort with smiling and talking during the first few weeks following surgery. Talk to your plastic surgeon about dental and oral hygiene during your recovery. Return to work: about 1 week. Avoid strenuous activities: recommended for about 6 to 8 weeks.

Risks

Possibility of hematoma, seroma, numbness caused from nerve damage, hyperpigmentation, and implant shifting (may require a secondary operation), asymmetry, the gradual loss or breakdown of bone, and capsular contracture.

Results

Permanent; dependent on implant material

 

Technology

Most commonly for jaw augmentation, internal incisions are made directly inside the mouth on either side of the lower lip. This convenient access allows the doctor to create a pocket that will hold the implant, which helps to avoid visible scarring. For an improved contour and more defined jawline, the patient’s implant is placed directly on the jawbone. Once the implant is set in the predetermined place, dissolvable sutures are typically used to hold it in place and close the incisions.

Patient Status

Outpatient -

Anesthesia

Local with Sedation
General

 

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