A contoured profile is something that is always attractive and desirable, that is why a lot of people are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it – including going under the proverbial knife. In recent years, this new beauty standard has become extremely popular, thanks to the phenomenal influence of South Korean celebrities to everything aesthetics related. The flawless look of the K-pop stars and idols, with their delicate features and the famous V-shaped jaw line, have launched a highly-sought after niche in medical aesthetics –jaw recontouring in Singapore. The ultimate aim of this procedure is to change the shape of a person’s face by making the lower jawline (also called the mandible) look slimmer. It involves a surgical procedure where the doctor shaves or grinds excess bone in the lower jaw to mimic a V-shaped jaws-to-chin line. The results are both permanent and dramatic – surely worth the cost and overall preparation!
One word of advice, though: jaw recontouring is generally safe and effective, but it is not for everyone. No matter how tempting it is to undergo surgery to achieve that sleek profile you have always wanted, you should never – emphasis on ‘never’ –go through any surgical procedures without consulting a doctor or surgeon. Only they can determine if you are qualified for the procedure, and if not, what are the other options (surgical or non-invasive) that can give you your desired results.
To learn more about jaw contouring in Singapore, this article will tackle some of the frequently-asked-questions about the procedure:
- How does jaw recontouring work?
- Who is a good candidate for jaw recontouring?
- How do I prepare for the procedure?
- What should I expect after getting a jaw recontouring surgery?
How does jaw recontouring work?
When jaw recontouring is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is a painful surgical procedure, one that involves complicated techniques to change the shape and form of the jaw and chin. But that is not always the case, especially with safer and more innovative surgical and non-surgical methods available nowadays. Jaw recontouring or jawline surgery is done to either minimize the size of the jawbone to give the chin a more streamlined look, or to sharpen and define the jaw. It is also performed to fix dental issues for patients whose teeth and jaw do not function properly.
The procedure is carried out as follows: the doctor will perform jaw angle reduction and recontouring surgeries through the oral cavity while the patient is under general anesthesia. Jaw angle reduction refers to the process of removing a square portion of bone at the angle of the mandible (jaw), while recontouring focuses on the removal of wide bone portions in the jaw. A patient may also opt for another procedure called genioplasty or chin surgery to achieve a slimmer, V-shaped jaw line. A chin implant, on the other hand, requires a different type of surgery. The doctor will fit an implant around the patient’s chin to create the image of a sharper, more pronounced jaw.
Most people worry about scarring, but the good news is, jaw recontouring, angle reduction, and reduction genioplasty do not produce visible scars because the incisions are usually created inside the oral cavity, between the cheek and the gum. The doctor will place tiny screws, bone plates, or wires to make sure that the jaw is secured in its place. These paraphernalia are permanent and over time, will be fully integrated into the jaw.Depending on the cosmetic needs of the patient, the surgery may be performed on the upper or lower jaw (or both), chin, and teeth.
Who is a good candidate for jaw recontouring?
As mentioned earlier, a jaw recontouring surgery is not for everyone, while it is ideal for people who want a permanent solution to a sagging, weak, and poorly-defined jawline, they should be in overall good physical health before they undergo the procedure. People who do not smoke are also considered as the best candidates for a jaw recontouring surgery in Singapore. Smoking is not just detrimental to the lungs – it is also one of the prime suspects for the loss of skin elasticity, which can lead to new sagging skin on the jawline. People who smoke also take a longer recovery period than non-smokers, and they are more susceptible to post-surgical infections and complications.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Prior to the procedure, your doctor will assess your complete medical history. Here you will discuss any past procedures, allergies, and medications that you are currently taking. A physical examination will also be carried out to ensure that surgery is a safe option for you.
Before the surgery, your doctor will ask you to stop smoking (if you are a smoker) and/or avoid specific medications that might affect the results of the surgery.You will need to stay at the medical facility once the procedure is done, so you need to pack some clothes and personal toiletries; however, if the procedure does not require an overnight stay, make sure that you ask someone to pick you up at the hospital or clinic after the surgery.
What should I expect after getting a jaw recontouring surgery?
The results of a V-line surgery take several weeks to heal completely. During the first few days, your face will look and feel swollen and you will experience discomfort and pain in the treated area. To lessen these effects, your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory pain medication to help you through.
A compression garment will have to be wrapped around your jaw, chin, and neck to prevent unnecessary movement and guarantee that the incisions will heal properly. The swelling will subside after about a week and at this point, you may see (albeit partially) the results of the surgery. However, you will not be able to use your new and improved jawline and chin until the recovery is fully completed. You need to wait up to three weeks for that.
There will be a follow-up appointment with your doctora few weeks after the procedure. The doctor will check the results of the surgery and will let you know if you can resume your regular activities. They will also provide guidelines on how to take care of the treated area.
Ready for your jaw recontouring surgery now?
Choosing a V-line surgery to improve your appearance is a major life decision – so make sure that you are 100% sure about it! The results of the surgery are also permanent, which means it cannot be easily reversed! A word of advice: find a doctor who you can trust and ask as many questions as possible for you to understand the pros and cons of the procedure. If you want more information, feel free to contact the TES Clinic for Face and Jaw to schedule a consultation. The TES Clinic is an oral maxillofacial specialist clinic dedicated to dentofacial esthetics.
TES Clinic – Dr Seah TE
304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites
#05-42, Medical Specialists
+65 6737 0552
+65 9735 9930