Next to forehead and eye shape and structure, the most significant characteristic of a feminine face is the overall face shape. To a large extent, this is determined by the shape of the jaw. Men often have more square chins and wider, more prominent jaws. Women tend to have a narrower, tapered, and more delicate jaw shape. Having the mandible (lower jaw) contoured can reduce the appearance and size of the jaw, making it rounder, narrower, and more feminine-looking. 

What is Mandible Contouring or V-Line Surgery?

This procedure is done through incisions inside the mouth so that no scarring is visible after the procedure. During the procedure, incisions are made between the gum and cheek to access the mandible (jawbone). Areas of prominent bone are shaped with a surgical rasp, drill, or micro-saw, curving down from back to front to achieve a well-rounded contour. Once the proper amount of bone and muscle has been removed the site is closed with self-dissolving stitches. Chin work typically requires an incision in the front of the mouth along the gum line and is also closed with self-dissolving stitches. Dr. Spiegel has devised a technique that shapes both the bone and soft tissues of the chin for a natural feminine result.

A dressing or ace bandage is placed after surgery to help minimize excessive swelling and help contour the area. In some cases, skin tightening (e.g. a neck or facelift) may be advisable to fully show off the new jaw shape. After the surgery, the mouth must be cleaned with a prescription mouthwash several times a day. The face will be moderately swollen immediately following surgery. Our patients receive a customized recovery plan and are scheduled for follow-up visits so our team can monitor healing.

Mandible ContouringBefore & Afters

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What is Recovery Like?

Swelling and bruising peak 2-3 days after surgery. The jaw and neck may become very swollen; this is normal and expected. The majority of the swelling will dissipate two weeks after surgery, however some swelling may take several more weeks to disappear. It may take 4-6 weeks for the new contoured shape to become obvious, but the result is worth the wait! Softer foods like soup, pudding and applesauce are the easiest and most comfortable options for the first few days after surgery.

Patients can return to their usual daily activities after approximately one week; but exercise and strenuous (causing sweating or rise in blood pressure) activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks after surgery.Possible complications from surgery include bleeding and swelling. Infections are uncommon but antibiotics are routinely administered during and after surgery. Careful assessment and a complete set of fine surgical instruments can help prevent over cutting of the bone but it is a possible risk.

Permanent injury to the sensory and motor nerves (nerves controlling facial muscles and sensation) is a risk however our surgeons work to protect against any complications and have had great success. Chin and mandible shaping are just part of the many ways that The Spiegel Center is able to help you present yourself as you desire. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to learn if this procedure is right for you.

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