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Jaw Reduction Surgery

Facial Surgery - Thailand Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Jaw Reduction Surgery / Jaw Shaving in Bangkok, Thailand

Jaw Reduction surgery is a fundamental part of facial feminization surgery (FFS). This procedure allows the surgeon to reshape the patient’s jaw and make it appear slimmer and more feminine. 

During Jaw Reduction surgery, the surgeon would reshape an individual’s jaw, chin, and mandible to make it instantly recognizable as a female’s lower face. 

Choosing a surgeon for Jaw Reduction
Jaw Reduction surgery and Jaw Shaving are both complicated cosmetic procedures. The surgeon must have extensive experience in facial surgery, particularly in facial feminization surgery. Without the experience and expertise, a patient may suffer devastating complications, including jawbone fractures, nerve tears, and loss of jaw functions. 

Aside from experience and skill, the surgeon must also be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Maxillofacial Surgeon. This means they are qualified and verified as an expert in these kinds of procedures. 

How to prepare for Jaw Reduction surgery?
Good candidates for the Jaw Augmentation or Jaw Implant surgery are:
  • Consult with a plastic surgeon about the desired goal
  • Complete a physical examination 
  • Get a chest X-ray, blood test
  • Stop smoking or drinking alcohol at least two weeks before the surgery
  • Stop taking Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements at least two weeks before surgery
Transgender Thailand’s partner hospital offers seven different Jaw Reduction techniques
  • Jaw Reduction Type 1 (Short Angle): This procedure removes the patient’s angled jaw. This is suitable for people with large angled jaws. 
  • Jaw Reduction Type 2 (Long Angle): This procedure removes an individual’s posterior angle of the mandible.
  • Jaw Reduction Type 3 (Chin-to-Jaw): This technique removes a patient’s prominent anterior to the posterior of the mandible. This procedure is recommended for people with square faces. 
  • Jaw Reduction Type 4 (Chin Angle): This technique removes the angle of the chin and is typically performed on patients with square chins.
  • Jaw Reduction Type 5 (Long Side Chin Reduction): This procedure removes the long side chin of people with square and broad chins. 
  • Jaw Reduction Type 6 (Side Chin and Vertical Reduction): This technique removes a person’s side and vertical chin. This is recommended for people with broad and long chins. 
  • Jaw Reduction Type 7 (Long Horse Shoe): This procedure removes a patient’s posterior mandible and is recommended for those with broad, long chins and a prominent mandible angle.
Who is a good candidate for Jaw Reduction surgery?
Good candidates for the Jaw Augmentation or Jaw Implant surgery are:
  • A patient who wants to improve the lower face
  • A person with a wide jaw and round face
  • An individual with a long lower jaw
  • A person who is in good health
  • A patient with realistic expectations
  • Non-smoker
Postoperative Care
  • Regularly use a mouthwash to prevent infection
  • Keep the face elevated to reduce swelling
  • Wear a compression bandage for at least a month
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Go on a liquid diet for at least two days after the surgery
  • Stop smoking or drinking alcohol for at least two weeks following the surgery
  • Attend all follow-up appointments with the surgeon
  • Take off stitches seven days after the surgery
Risks and complications
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Blood clot
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Tightness when opening the mouth
  • Unstable zygomatic bone
  • Zygomatic bone and arch malposition
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