V-line Mandibuloplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery that aims to reduce the width of the jawline. This facial contouring procedure removes some part of the mandible (jaw bone) so that it will heal to a more pointed shape that resembles the letter V.
Because certain cross-cultural beliefs associate beauty with having a more angular and pointed face, many of those who undergo this type of surgery perceive themselves as women and therefore want to achieve more feminine facial features.
Ideal candidates for this type of surgery should possess good overall health with an active lifestyle. They should be non-smokers with no history of auto-immune and bleeding disorders. Moreover, ideal candidates should have a clear understanding and realistic expectations regarding this procedure.
$1,780 to $4,451
Before surgery, a thorough medical and physical assessment is necessary to ensure that the patient is fit to undergo the operation. The surgeon will also evaluate the patient's anatomy and how it is connected to the chin and the jaw. From this information, a custom-made surgical plan will be made and discussed with the patient.
To ensure safety and comfort, patients are administered general anesthesia just before the actual surgery. From there, precise incisions are made between the gum and the cheek, to access the jawbone.
To achieve the desired jawline, a bone may be removed from the back portion, thereby narrowing the shape of the lower jaw.
Some surgeons may opt to use a method called T-Osteotomy, a bone-cutting procedure to lengthen, shorten, or change the alignment of the chin.
Patients are advised to stop smoking and avoid taking any blood-thinning medication for at least two weeks prior to the operation. This is to avoid complications such as bleeding and infection and to ensure a faster recovery period. In addition to this, alcohol intake is strictly prohibited 48 hours before surgery.
The surgeon will also need to have a lengthy consultation with the patient before the appointment date. This is to address the patient's concerns and set clear and honest expectations.
Initial recovery from this cosmetic procedure may take 10-14 days. Immediately after surgery, the patient is expected to feel some pain and discomfort at the operation site. This can be relieved with over-the-counter analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications. Some swelling and bruising are also normal and will subside in a few weeks.
During the healing process, the patient is advised to get enough rest and avoid strenuous activities. A soft food diet is also beneficial to avoid irritating the area.
To ensure optimal results and minimize swelling in the area, a compression bandage will need to be worn around the chin, neck, and jaw.
Changes in facial features are already evident a week after the surgery. However, it may take up to three weeks before the actual results show, all of which are permanent.
There will also be a follow-up consultation with the physician regarding the outcome of the surgery and additional post-recovery instructions.
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Is V-Line surgery permanent?
This type of surgery provides permanent results. For this reason, it is critical to have a clear and lengthy discussion with the a surgical expert regarding possible risks, and set realistic goals.
Will V-Line surgery affect function?
There may be limitations to some activities like talking, chewing, swallowing, or speaking during the first one to two weeks post-surgery. These are expected during recovery and will eventually resolve in a few weeks.
3D printing and computer-generated designs allow surgeons to achieve increased accuracy in procedures and outcomes, thereby reducing the occurence of complications.
Is V-Line surgery dangerous?
Just like any other surgery, V-Line Mandibuloplasty has its share of risks. Minor complications such as swelling or bruising can take months to resolve. And although it rarely happens , serious complications can still arise due to the technical complexity of this cosmetic procedure.
Patients should carefully consider the risks and rewards of Mandibuloplasty before deciding whether or not to proceed with the surgery. Moreover, choosing competent hands to handle the operation reduces the possibility of serious complications, and helps ensure successful results.
Does shaved bone grow back?
Although bones can heal and repair themselves at some point, they cannot fully grow back or regenerate. V-Line Mandibuloplasty is a permanent cosmetic surgery. If it yields unfavorable results, a patient needs to undergo another procedure to correct it.
Which procedures complement V-Line surgery?
Because each area of your face is integral to your entire facial appearance, it is vital to consider that any change in your chin or jaw should go in harmony with the rest of your facial features.
Many surgeons recommend additional cosmetic surgeries to go with or after a V-Line Mandibuloplsty procedure to achieve a well-balanced result.
Related cosmetic procedures may include Rhinoplasty, cheekbone augmentation or reduction, or cheek implants.
A thorough discussion with the surgeon is essential to understand which additional procedure to consider to achieve the best results.