Jaw Augmentation, Jaw Implant, Mandibular Augmentation:
In recent times stronger jawlines have been sought because a strong natural jawline in men and women looks healthy and attractive. A strong jawline makes the face more masculine whilst conversely a less defined jawline appears feminine. Sometimes women with a weak jawline want to be more balanced and defined. Some famous actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston have very strong natural jawlines.
Material for Jaw Augmentation:
- PMMA Customized implant
A Good Candidate for Jaw Augmentation
- Men who have a narrow jaw.
- Women with a weak jawline.
- Healthy people.
- Those with realistic expectations.
Preparation for Jaw Augmentation
- Physical examination or lab tests, chest X-ray, blood test, and EKG if you are over 40 years old.
- Stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery.
- Stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen Vitamins or herbs that interfere with blood clotting at least two weeks before surgery.
- Plan for your recovery. Chewing will be difficult for up to a week after surgery. You should have some soup, liquid food and meal supplements prepared.
Picture 1 Shows before and after surgery jaw augmentation
Jaw Augmentation Procedure:
- The patient is given general anesthetic.
- Internal incisions are usually made directly inside the mouth on either side of the lower lip meaning there is no external scar.
- A pocket is created that will hold the implant for an improved contour and a more defined jawline, the patient's implant is placed directly on the jawbone and fixed with titanium screws.
- Stitches are absorbable and dissolve within a few weeks.
- The procedure takes 1 - 2 hours.
- It is essential to take good care to prevent infection by using mouth wash often,
- Keep the face elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling,
- Gentle movement for support blood circulation,
- Wearing a compression bandage at all times for three days, and when sleeping for one month.
- Avoid aggressive activities for a month after surgery
- Liquid diet 24-48 hours after surgery, soft diet should to have after surgery a week
- Stop smoking or drinking alcohol for at least two weeks after surgery
- Keep any follow-up appointments with your surgeon to check the healing process and ask any questions that may concern you
- Stitches are taken off seven days after surgery, whereas absorbable sutures are used in the mouth
Risks and complications:
There might be a possibility of
- Pain for 2-4 weeks
- Limitation of open mouth
- The numbness caused by nerve damage
- Implant shifting (where a second operation may be required)
- Gradual loss or breakdown of the bones.
- Capsular contracture.
There might be discomfort in chewing, smiling and talking during the first few weeks following the surgery. Patients can return to work about one week after the surgery but there may still be some swelling. You can resume exercising four weeks after surgery. You must avoid strenuous activities for about 6-8 weeks. The final result can be seen in around 3-6 months