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When considering jaw augmentation, there are several options to consider: 

  • Bone grafting is where part of the bone is grafted from one area of the body and transferred.  Bone grafting can either come from the patient or a deceased donor. 

  • Tissue grafting is also an option - such as Alloderm - and this is where the tissue is grafted from either the patient or a deceased donor.

  • Fat grafting is used as well with jaw augmentation - and this is where the surgeon will transfer fat from one area of the body to the jaw line or mandibular bone.

  • Jaw implants such as silicone implants are also considered because they are soft and flexible and tend to last a long time.

  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) implants are made from a subcutaneous augmentation material. Polyethylene implants are bio-compatible augmentation materials that eliminate the extra stress from the body, allowing the material to be accepted more easily




Jaw-line implants can help with symmetry to a face with balancing out a prominent nose.  Jaw implants can also add width to the face and enhance a receding or a weak jaw-line.  These implants are very popular with males, as a strong jaw is often associated with masculinity...and a receding jaw can be associated with weakness. 

Jaw implants are inserted either under the chin with a small 2 centimeter incision or through the lip. Some surgeons also use creases in the facial skin as point of entry for these implants.  Once the implant is inside the pocket that was made for the implant to sit in, the area is sutured closed.


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Patients who desire a more defined jaw line can be a good candidate for jaw implants.  Candidates must be in good health and should not have any pre-existing conditions, active diseases or bone disorders. Most importantly, the patient should be emotionally and mentally stable to undergo jaw implant surgery.  Post operative depression can occur after any cosmetic procedure, which mainly stems from the effects of oral pain medication or the residual anesthesia still in the body. If a person suffers from depression beforehand, having cosmetic surgery could lead to a worse depression after surgery.

The procedure includes placing the jaw implants directly on the jawbone to transform a much more defined and stronger jaw line.  Incisions are made inside the lower lips and the pocket is created for the implant to be placed.  Some of the restrictions after the procedure include diet, since the movement of the mouth and lips are going to be limited.  Swelling and bruising will subside within the first week, however; mild swelling might be present for several months after the procedure.

The acne medicine Accutane has been linked to hyperostosis - which is excessive facial bone growth and excess scarring in some patients. If you have been taking Accutane for the last 6 months you probably are not a good candidate for jaw implants.


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  • Where the procedure is performed

Jaw implant surgery is performed as a out-patient surgery.  This procedure can be done at an accredited surgical suite, out-patient surgery center, or as day surgery at the hospital.  If other procedures are done at the same time as jaw implant surgery, then usually an overnight stay at the hospital is recommended.  Jaw implants can be very rewarding, adding balance and definition to other underdeveloped features of the face.

The anesthesia of choice is usually general with jaw implants, although local with sedation or twilight may be recommended.

Jaw implant surgery can take about one to two hours to perform. Procedure time requirements can vary, though, depending on the extent of work being done. Jaw implant surgery results are permanent - providing there are no complications that occur, such as an infection or the implant shifting.

Jaw implants may be combined with the following cosmetic procedures:




Jaw implant surgery - depending on the patient, can be painful.  Oral pain medication is prescribed however to help diminish any discomfort during the recovery period. 

Swelling and bruising might be present for the first week or two.  Sometimes mild long term swelling might occur with this procedure, and can take anywhere from one to three months.  Ask your surgeon if Arnica or Bromelian (homeopathic medication) can be taken to help reduce the bruising and swelling.

Your surgeon might have you in a support brace while you sleep to ensure the tissues and implant to heal in the desired position and to prevent shifting of the implant in the first couple of weeks.

Slight numbness is normal but usually subsides after a few weeks.


After surgery, patients may experience effects such as:
  • Feeling of tightness in the treated area.
  • Swelling for a number of days following surgery.
  • Difficult movement of the mouth during recuperation period.
  • Forced liquid diet for days if incisions have been made inside the mouth





Jaw implant surgery is no different than other surgical procedures, as they all have the potential for risks or complications.  Proper hygiene during the recovery period with the incision and suture lines is important to ensure no post operative problems.

The risks of jaw implant surgery:

  • blood clots

  • seroma

  • numbness

  • nerve damage

  • permanent discolorations from excessive bruising

  • implant shifting

  • dissatisfaction with the surgery








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