Jaw implants can be surgically placed to augment the anterior mandible (lower jaw) and thereby create more definition in the jawline. This procedure typically requires 1-2 hours for a board certified plastic surgeon to perform, does not involve cutting the jaw bone, produces no visible scarring, and can be performed without using general anesthesia. This safe procedure costs between $2,000-$4,000, causes little downtime, and typically requires 1-3 weeks to recover from.
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About the Procedure
Some people with wide lower faces choose to have jaw implants to enhance the angularity and definition of their jawlines. Many candidates for this procedure have misaligned teeth, open bites, overbites, or other improper bites that detract from their overall facial attractiveness. Biocompatible jaw implants offer safe options for those with weak jawlines who wish to enhance their appearances and oral function. During a jaw implant surgery, the patient will typically be given local anesthesia and an IV sedative to remain pain-free and relaxed. The surgeon will make small incisions to the inside of the mouth and then place the implants through those incisions where needed to correct facial deficiencies. Dissolvable sutures will be used to close the incisions and bandages are applied as needed to manage post-op bleeding and oozing. Jaw implant surgery typically takes 1-2 hours for a board certified plastic surgeon to perform. It is considered a safe option for good candidates and has high success rates and patient satisfaction. Mild-to-moderate post-operative bleeding, swelling, and pain should be expected for 1-3 weeks after the procedure. The average cost for jaw implants in the United States is $2000-$4000.
The goal of a jaw implant is to restore facial harmony. Jaw augmentation can be used to define an underdeveloped jawline or give it more prominence.
What to Expect
Jaw implants can be placed to augment the lower jaw to create more definition in the jawline. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a jaw implant.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications
- No smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior
- No alcohol for 2 days before
- Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia
- Incisions made on the inside of the mouth
- Implant inserted through incisions
- Dissolvable sutures to close incisions
- Bandages applied to manage post-op bleeding
Recovery after a jaw implant will be accompanied by swelling and bruising on the face and neck. A chin and face strap will be applied postoperatively to help control swelling as well as help overlying tissues adhere to the implant and bone. The mouth will be sore and stiff for several weeks after surgery. Sutures that are placed in the mouth are dissolvable and will not need to be removed.
The ideal candidate for a jaw implant has an undefined jawline and desires a more angular face shape.
Not Recommended For
Jaw implants are not recommended for patients with severe malocclusion and periodontal disease.
Side effects from jaw implant may include infection, hematoma (internal bleeding), shift in implant position, and prolonged healing.