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What You Should Know About Jaw Reduction Surgery

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Jaw Reduction Surgery is a procedure that permanently reshapes and reduces the outer jaw to make it proportionate and streamlined with the rest of the face.

This technique is for patients with prominent masculine jaw and helps them achieve a more feminine and slender look. 

It caters to the patients with overly long, square wide or U-shaped jaws. Aside from providing a more feminine appearance, it also lends a youthful look for the patient. 

Why Do I Have A Large Jaw? 

Having a large jaw is not limited to one factor.

A lot of factors are involved in having a specific jaw shape, and it is essential to know the factors behind it before undergoing an enhancement procedure. 


A broad jaw is commonly a genetically-inherited trait.

If the characteristics that can be found in your family are active or square jawline, then it is only natural to have the same shape of that jaw. 


Aside from natural factors, large jaws can also be caused by disorders.

One such condition is called TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder; this condition is also known as Bruxism.

People who suffer from this condition clenches or grinds his/her teeth at night in a repeated manner. 

This repeated action leads to a strengthened and enlarged jaw muscles, known as Masseter muscles, that leads to a wider-looking jaw. 

Think of how muscles grow after spending months on the gym, and you’ll get the idea of how Bruxism causes enlarged jaw muscles to a person. 

Chewing Habits 

The root causes of enlarged muscles in the jaw may also come from eating habits.

Examples of these habits are regular chewing of hard and chewy food and the repeated chewing of gum that causes strain on the Masseter muscles.

 The increased size of muscles in the jaw is known as “Masseter Hypertrophy.” 

Note: Large jawbones, and not enlarged jaw muscles, usually calls for a surgical procedure instead of the non-surgical methods. 

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Am I A Candidate for a Jaw Reduction Surgery? 

People who are non-smokers and with a healthy lifestyle are the perfect candidate for this procedure.

Jaw reduction surgery is usually performed on patients of Asian descent.

But this enhancement can be performed on anyone, as long as they can meet the standard criteria for this procedure. 

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Ways of Reducing and Reshaping a Jaw Aside From Surgical Methods :

Non Surgical Methods. 

If the enlarged jaw muscles are the root cause of a square or a U-shaped jaw, then non-surgical methods are preferred in these cases.

To reduce the size of the jaw, there is a need to limit the contractions of jaw muscles that can lead to what we call muscle atrophy or muscle shrinkage overtime.

This desired result can be achieved through the use of Botox that will be injected to the jaw muscles. 

Alternative methods. 

Methods such as anxiety reduction, stress management, and lifestyle or dietary changes are for enlarged jaw muscles that are caused by Bruxism or teeth grinding. 

What happens to the stitch marks?

One thing that patients usually praise about jaw reduction surgeries is the lack of visible scars after the surgery.

So, how it is being done? Surgeons perform the stitches right inside the mouth, and these stitches are dissolved that results into little to no signs of visible scars. 

How Do I Prepare For A Jaw Reduction Surgery? 

1. A scheduled consultation with a surgeon is the first step for patients that plan to go on this enhancement procedure.

This step will lay out everything that is needed to achieve the desired results of both the patient and the surgeon. 

The output of this scheduled consultation will enable the surgeon to review and recommend a method that is best suited for the patient’s preferences and current health conditions. 

Your surgeon will require you to follow an established precautionary measure leading to the surgery. 

2. For a time, you must stop consuming anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen and aspirin. These medicines will result in the thinning of the blood that can prevent the clotting of the post-surgery blood.  Your surgeon will advise you to prohibit the intake of these medicines two weeks before undergoing surgery. 

These medicines will result in the thinning of the blood that can prevent the clotting of the post-surgery blood.  Your surgeon will advise you to prohibit the intake of these medicines two weeks before undergoing surgery. 

3. Stop smoking. This vice or habit slows and distorts the healing process of the body and results in the death of tissues around the incision area. You will be advised to stop smoking ten to fifteen days before the surgery.

4. Your surgeon will prescribe two food intake-related instructions before the surgery: a specific kind of diet and fasting 10 hours before the surgery. 

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How is Jaw Reduction Surgery Being Done? 

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The length of surgery varies and depends on the preferences that must be achieved. 

1 The surgeon will start his/her incision inside the very corner of your mouth. It is located between the gum and the cheek next to the jaw. 

2. To carve the preferred jawline, a surgeon will either use a micro saw or a laser as a cutting tool to achieve this delicate procedure. The laser has specific advantages over micro saw like having less impact on the patient. It causes less damage to the surrounding tissues and cells and causes less bleeding. 

3. Dissolving stitches are used to close the incisions of the patient. 

4. In general, after the jaw reduction surgery, the patients can be discharged from the hospital. But it will still depend according to the advice of the surgeon. 

What Can I Expect After The Surgery? 

Wait until the post-surgical swelling has subsided, and you will notice a more symmetrical and smaller jawline in your face.

The appeal of your facial appearance will be enhanced because of the more proportional jawline that lends a youthful and pleasant aura on your face. 

What Should I Do After The Surgery? 

1 You will be placed on a liquid diet that may last for seven to ten days.

At the meantime, you will be prohibited to eat your favourite food that requires extensive chewing for your mouth.

But you can resume on this hard food three to four weeks after the surgery.  

2 Do not skip your surgeon’s follow-up checkups.

Never miss a single schedule because it will ensure that your healing is positively progressing according to your surgeon’s expectations. 

It will also prevent any complications from growing by detecting it early through the scheduled follow-up checkups. 

3 Use anti-bacterial mouthwash regularly to disinfect your mouth. 

4 Keep your head elevated to prevent swelling. It is advised to use an extra pillow for additional comfort while lying down.  

5 Be careful while washing your face and hair. Prevent causing any trauma to your mouth or jaw area.

To help in reducing the swelling of your face, you will be advised by the surgeon to wear a jaw-bra or an elastic facial dressing. 

6. Avoid activities that will or may cause too much stress on your face, such as strenuous exercises, to avoid hurting yourself. Keep this precautionary measure up to a month. 

What Are the Side Effects of Jaw Reduction Surgery?  

Since the jaw reduction procedure is a delicate operation, there will be several side effects after the whole process of operations has been done.

But most of these side effects are manageable and will not cause any severe implications for the patient as long as he/she follows the advice of the surgeon. 

Here are the procedure’s side effects that you need to know: 

Possible development of Seroma. It creates a blister-like appearance that is caused by the pooling of liquids under the skin.

Patients should not worry about this condition because seromas dissolve naturally. 

Pain. It is one of the most common side effects after any types of surgeries. Your surgeons might advise painkillers up to seven days after the surgery. 

Facial paralysis. When the nerves around the patient’s face or jaw are damaged during the surgery, this condition can occur. 

But this condition is a rare case and doesn’t happen often. 


One of the primary causes of infection is poor hygiene.

Even with a regular intake of antibiotics, infections can still occur if the patient cannot maintain basic preventions such as hygiene.

Blood Clothing Around The Area. This side effect can be easily avoided by the patients as long as they follow the post-operative instructions by their surgeons.

You May Experience Numbness around the Jaw and Mouth

Possible development of Hematomia. It may look like a swollen bruise on your skin.

It’s because of the pocket of clotted blood that pours themselves in an empty or “dead” space in the body.

They rush in an area that is close to the surface of the skin. 

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When will I see the Result of the Surgery? 

This is probably the most favourite question of the patients that came from any enhancement surgeries such as this. 

But since each patient has tailor-fitted operations, it often results in different healing times.

For some patients, it might take longer, but for some, it might take shorter.

But in general, patients can see the results of the operations three or four weeks of recovery. 

*NOTE: The article is for general information only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.