A conventional female jaw has a gently curved line extending from the earlobe down to the chin, while a more masculine jaw follows a straighter line from the earlobe and then angles forward, forming a square jaw shape. Though these distinctly different shapes are typically associated with each gender, many women have more masculine jaw lines and are even considered more aesthetically pleasing.
When considering jaw reshaping surgery, it is important to keep in mind the balance of the entire face and the relationship of the jaw to your other facial features, rather than simply focusing on the need to create a more rounded rather than square jaw shape.
Dr. DeFatta will discuss with you the changes that you would like to see related to your jaw, make his recommendations for how to achieve a more feminine but appropriate jawline and discuss the way your jaw can look in relation to your other facial features – such as the chin. Digital photographs and computer imaging allow Dr. DeFatta to evaluate and consult with you regarding the appropriate procedure to achieve the desired results.
Method of Surgery
Jaw reduction surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes one to two hours, but when combined with other facial feminization procedures, the surgical time will increase. Incisions for jaw surgery are usually hidden within the mouth between the gums and the cheek and lip tissue. These incisions give Dr. DeFatta access to change the angle and contour the size and shape of your jaw by addressing the bones and/or the soft tissue.
What to Expect
Patients usually experience swelling and bruising following this surgery, which disappears on its own within a few weeks. Temporary decrease of sensation in the chin is possible and resolves on its own as the swelling subsides. It typically takes a few weeks to months for the swelling to subside completely and the final result to be seen.
Immediately following jaw surgery, a secure dressing may be applied and required to be worn for three to five days. Recovery often requires a patient to keep the head elevated as much as possible, even while sleeping. It generally takes seven to ten days for the incision to heal. At three weeks, the patient can usually return to normal activities.
Dr. DeFatta will provide post-operative instructions for you to follow during your recovery. The instructions will explain how you should care for the surgical site and list any medications that should be taken during the recovery period.
Dr. DeFatta will follow your progress throughout the recovery period, to make the experience as easy as possible. He performs periodic evaluations to ensure a full and speedy recovery while avoiding post-treatment complications. Dr. DeFatta is always available to respond to your questions during the recovery period.