In addition to the forehead and eye area, a significant feature of the female face is the global shape of it. In general, this is greatly determined by the mandibular contours. A prominent and square jaw can add to the masculine appearance of a face.
Masculine mandibles tend to be thicker, as the muscles which join the angles of the jaw have more volume. Female jaw lines often have a smoother curve from the earlobe to the chin. In males, it tends to be more vertical from the ear, with a sharper angle towards the chin area, the characteristic which gives the typically square appearance.
Feminization of the mandible
With the recontouring of the mandible, we can reduce the bulk by making it more rounded and removing the corners on the posterior areas.
When the masseter muscles are too thick, they can also be reduced, although prolonged hormonal treatment reduces this muscle mass.
Usually, this surgery is combined with chin feminization to achieve a harmonic balance of these two parts of the face.
In some cases, especially in older patients, the soft tissue may be too slack to readapt fully to changes in the jaw and chin area. In these cases, surgical adjustment (lifting) of the soft tissues may be required. This type of adjustment should not be undertaken at the same time as the jaw and chin surgery, but should be done several months later when the swelling from the jaw and chin surgery has subsided.
- The Recontouring procedure is done under general anaesthesia.
- The incisions are made exclusively inside the mouth, therefore there will be no visible external scars.
- The marked areas of the bone are scuplted with specific instruments to achieve a rounded contouring. The wound is closed with dissolving sutures.
Postoperatory and possible complications of Mandibular Recontouring
Most of the patients must spend two nights in hospital after surgery.
The amount of swelling depends on the patient. A special mask will cool the face to limit the bruising, swelling and pain (Hilotherapy). Two weeks after surgery, the swelling will be substantially diminished, but some areas can stay swollen for a few weeks after surgery. Four to six weeks after surgery we can begin to see the final result, which will make the wait worthwhile.
Most of the patients experience temporary numbness in the chin area.
Work and sport:
If you don’t mind being seen with swelling, you can go back to your social activities between 7 to 10 days after surgery. You will have to wait until the third or fourth week before doing any exercise.
Infections are possible but rare.
Therefore we will help you with cleaning of the intra-oral wounds in the first week after surgery.