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Nowadays, most women are very conscious of how they look. They tend to do the necessary things just to get that slender body and well-proportioned face. Everything goes down to whatever process or treatment that may be of great help to achieve that enhancement.

Some women have issues having a square lower jaw. This is because that kind of jaw is a masculine trait. So commonly, women who have that kind of jaw will probably have concerns that may lead to discomfort or anxiety.

A large square jaw is due to enlarged muscles for chewing (masseter muscle). The masseter muscle plays a major role in the chewing of food. An enlarged masseter muscle can be acquired congenitally or could also be due to behaviors like repeated gum chewing or teeth clenching.

What could be ways to help women who have this kind of problem?

There are two ways in treating this problem. One is a non-surgical method, and another way is a surgical method. Some surgeons say that the non-surgical technique is a more convenient method to use, and one of the commonly performed methods is the use of Botox injections.

Botox injections can slowly help the enlarged muscle to become smaller. The procedure of this method is easy. But it’ll take 3-9 months (with a maximum of a year) before the enhancement becomes visible.

There may be some inconveniences, like a temporary paralysis of the lip muscles which is a rare case. The plastic surgeon can explain in details about the possible effects of the procedure.

The other solution for this problem is through surgical method. This surgical method of reducing the jaw muscles is ‘jaw reduction’.

What is Jaw Reduction?

Jaw Reduction is also known as ‘Jaw Shaving’. It’s a surgical procedure that’s used to reduce the size of the enlarged jaw muscle. It can help soften the jawline to create a more feminine look.
How do they do it?

By: Dr. Donald B. Yoo

Jaw Reduction Procedure

It can be done by dissecting the inner or outer part of the mouth to remove the angular jaw line and make a slender ‘V’ line. Some surgeons prefer to conduct the operation on the internal part of the mouth as it leaves no scar.

Here’s the procedure:

  • The patient will be administered first with general anesthesia.
  • An incision will then be made inside the mouth of the patient.
  • Then, the jawbone will be divided into three layers.
  • One layer will be removed to have that jaw angle that you want.
  • For patients over the age of forty, there’ll be other procedures done before the jaw reduction surgery as there may be some issues with facial tissues.
  • For patients with excessive fat around the face, there’ll be another procedure like the removal of subcutaneous fat or buccal fat.
  • The incision site is then stitched with dissolvable stitches.
  • A compression bandage will then be applied to protect the incision site.

Preparations before the procedure

For this procedure, the patient may stay in the hospital for 24 hours before the surgery. There’ll be laboratory tests and physical examinations to be done to the patient. Also, the patient will be informed about the entire process, and if ever there’ll be other treatments that they’ll need to do. Before the surgery, the patient will also have to fast for 8 hours.

grayscale photo of womans face

How much does it cost?

The jaw reduction procedure costs about $600 – $17,000 with an average price of $6,625. It’ll differ depending on the surgeon, the location, and also other procedures that may be needed to perfect the surgery.

Healing duration

After surgery, the patient may have a 1-day hospitalization for post surgery observations. The removal of the stitches usually happens after 2 weeks. A compression bandage is recommended to be worn at all times, for the first three days. Then, the patient may put the bandage on only at home or while sleeping for another 1-2 weeks. Possible healing duration will be at least, a month but may heal longer depending on the body’s response to healing.

Extra precautions after surgery

This method needs extra care just like other surgeries. If you want to have that fast recovery, you might as well follow these precautions:

A few weeks after the surgery, you may lose your appetite, and you may lose a few pounds. It’s always recommended to eat healthy foods for a fast recovery. Diet isn’t recommended, and you must only eat soft food for the first 3-4 weeks after the surgery.

There’ll also be swelling of the face, and the lips might feel numb during the first few weeks after the surgery. For this, it’s highly recommended to take the prescribed medications given by the surgeon religiously. It’d also be good to keep the head upright and walk a lot as it can help reduce the swelling.

Overall, a patient must always take care of his or her body after the surgery. Follow the instructions set by the surgeon, and always attend to post-medical check-ups after the surgery. This is to ensure that all will go well and fast recovery will be achieved.

We may need to enhance our looks to make ourselves feel great. Even if it costs a million, we’ll do all that we can to achieve that face and body that we want and deserve. It’s not only an improvement, but it’s also as an accomplishment.

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