Facial Feminization Surgery: Jaw Shaving and Reduction
Your FFS Surgeons will Help you to Understand the Jaw Shave Procedure.
One of the more predominant male facial features is the jawline. Men are prone to square, masculine lower jaws, which are considered unattractive for women or patients seeking facial feminization.
A jaw shave, also referred to as a jaw contouring procedure, helps soften the jawline and make it more feminine. This procedure alone can dramatically transform a person’s face into a more feminine one.
How the Jaw Shave Procedure Works
Choosing an experienced surgeon like Dr. Mardirossian is crucial for the success of this procedure. Typically, a patient will spend twenty-four hours in the hospital for observation immediately following a procedure. For patients over the age of forty, a lower face lift procedure may be completed in conjunction because people at this age tend to have more relaxed and sagging skin and facial tissues.
The jaw shave procedure includes:
- Assessing the amount of natural muscle around the jaw line. X-rays can sometimes be used to determine where the bones are located and what must be removed to create a smoother jaw.
- The patient is induced to general anesthesia.
- An incision is made between the gum and cheek, next to the jaw. A surgical drill and micro-saw are then used to curve out the jaw line and create a well-rounded look.
- The surgical site is closed off using self-dissolving stitches.
- A compressive dressing is applied.
What to Expect After a Jaw Shave procedure
Patients will need to thoroughly clean the surgical area with a prescribed mouth washing solution. Dr. Mardirossian recommends a soft diet for the first two to three days after the procedure. For the first month, patients may experience mild to moderate facial swelling, but the face should return to normal within one month. Regular activities and work can be resumed in one week following the procedure.
The contour, however, may not be visible for four to six weeks post-surgery. This is because internal swollen tissue may take additional time to reduce, and the skin may take time to naturally re-adjust to the contour of your jawbone.
Are there Any Known Complications for the Jaw Shave Procedure?
While the jaw shave procedure is safe, complications can occur. Some of the more common complications include, but are not limited to:
- Blood clots around the wound. Clots can be avoided by properly following after-care instructions and by using gauze and surgical drains around the area.
- Infection. If you do not keep the affected area clean, you may develop an infection that will need to be treated with antibiotics (if they were not prescribed post-surgery).
- Temporary numbness or permanent facial paralysis. Though rare, this could occur if the nerves around the face and jaw were affected during the procedure.
- Over-resection or over-shave of the jawbone. X-rays, when done properly, will help the surgeon avoid over-reduction of your jaw line.
- Temporo-mandibular joint injury. This occurs if the surgeon extends the cut line to the joint.
Dr. Mardirossian will go over all of the risks and complications associated with the jaw shave procedure. It is important to follow all recommended pre- and post-surgery instructions to avoid these complications.
Call our FFS Surgeons for a free Consultation
To determine if you are a candidate for a jaw shave, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Mardirossian. You may also reach them at 561-624-0900. Call today!