ASIAN JAWLINE REDUCTION

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Asian faces can sometimes feature a very prominent jawline, which causes the face to be more square-shaped, whereas current Asian trends favor a more androgynous inverse egg-shaped face.  A prominent jawline can be caused by excess lower cheek fat, enlargement of the chewing muscle (masseter), or the shape of the bone itself.  At the time of your consultation, Dr. Li will analyze your face in detail and discuss whether Asian Jawline Reduction Surgery is a good option for you.


Asian Jawline Reduction (V-Line) surgery involves surgical shaving of the bone at the angle of the jaw to reduce its prominence.  Incisions are hidden inside the mouth.  If there is excess fat involving the lower cheeks, this can also be reduced with very careful liposuction.


For many patients, it may be difficult to commit to surgery, for various reasons.  In these situations, one may consider Botox to the jawline muscles.  The treatment has its limitations but is an in-office procedure with no downtime and produces results that can be reversed over time (3-6 months).

KEY POINTS

SURGERY UNDER GENERAL ANESTHETIC

GO HOME THE SAME DAY (DAY SURGERY)

RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN 1-2 WEEKS

SURGICAL RESULTS ARE PERMANENT AND LONG-STANDING

INJECT BOTOX INTO YOUR MASSETER MUSCLES

GO HOME IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INJECTIONS

RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES IMMEDIATELY

JAWLINE REDUCTION IS TEMPORARY AND LASTS 3-6 MONTHS

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE SURGERY

  • You will be evaluated by Dr. Li at the time of your initial consultation to determine if Asian Jawline Surgery is the best option for you

  • You will be required to quit smoking and oral contraceptives 4 weeks before surgery

  • You will need to complete testing before surgery, which may include a physical with your PCP/primary physician, blood work, an ECG, and CT Facial Bones

  • Prescriptions for your surgery will be sent to your local pharmacy, please obtain these medications ahead of time and bring them to your surgery

  • A deposit is required to secure your surgery date

  • Full payment is required 2 weeks before surgery; payment options include cash, cashier's check, or credit through Alphaeon or CareCredit

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY

  • General anesthesia can sometimes cause generalized body soreness and fatigue for a couple of days

  • Maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery and gradually improve

  • You will not be allowed to engage in any significant exercise (e.g. running, lifting weights) for 4 weeks

  • You will need to use oral rinses and ice-packs after surgery to decrease swelling

  • You may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, or a burning sensation involving your jawline, lips, and chin; bruising and swelling takes several weeks to improve; numbness takes a couple months to normalize

  • Scars may be red and firm for approximately 6 months before they soften and fade