Jaw reduction surgery usually involves cutting off a portion of the
mandible or removing the outer cortex
of the mandible in order to achieve
a smaller or „V‟ shaped jawline. Cheekbone reduction aims to do the same thing by either moving the bone inwards or shaving it to make the face smoother.
The jaw shave procedure includes:
-Assessing the amount of natural muscle around the jaw line. X-rays can sometimes be used to determine
where the bones are located and what must be removed to create a smoother jaw.
-The patient is induced to general anesthesia.
-An incision is made between the gum and cheek, next to the jaw. A surgical drill and micro-saw are then
used to curve out the jaw line and create a well-rounded look.
-The surgical site is closed off using self-dissolving stitches.
-A compressive dressing is applied.