Jaw Shaving Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I a good candidate for Jaw Shaving?
- What are the risks and possible complications associated with my procedure?
- What are the other complications associated with chin reduction?
- Will you have a hard time chewing and swallowing?
- Are you going to have a hard time talking and yawing after the surgery?
- How can I expect to look over time? What results are reasonable for me?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect?
1. Am I a good candidate for Jaw Shaving?
The goal of jaw shaving is to alter a receding or protruding chin. This will make your profile more balanced. Your nose will look smaller and your overbite will look smaller as well. Your face will look more proportioned and you will feel much comfortable with the way you look. The best candidates for jaw shaving are men and women who are
- Wide jawline due to overly large jawbone.
- Desiring to improve the appearance of their jaw.
- Realistic in their expectations.
- Optimistic with the results.
2. What are the risks and possible complications associated with my procedure?
All surgical procedures have risks and chin reduction is not an exception. Although these complications are rare, you must take them into account and consider that they can happen. Some risks include:
- Hostile reaction to anesthesia
- Unsatisfactory results
- A need for a second, third, or more corrective procedures
3. What are the other complications associated with chin reduction?
The bruising and swelling of the jaw, neck, and lower cheeks is expected right after the surgery.
4. Will you have a hard time chewing and swallowing?
You may have a hard time chewing and swallowing after the first few days from surgery. You must consider a light diet, soft foods, and a lot of liquid during this point in time. Dr. Hsu will recommend a liquid diet for the first couple of days post-surgery to help aid with the problem of chewing.
5. Are you going to have a hard time talking and yawing after the surgery?
You may have a hard time talking and yawning for the first few days after surgery. It is best to allow the area to rest and that is also why we suggest a liquid diet for the first couple of days post-surgery to avoid chewing.
6. How can I expect to look over time? What results are reasonable for me?
When it comes to expectations, you have to be realistic. Through the surgery, you will be able to receive a balanced chin and will balance the mid and upper face. You are certainly going to be much more confident with a better and more pleasing look to your jaw.
7. How long of a recovery period can I expect?
After the surgery, Dr. Hsu will wrap some dressings around your head for the first week to heal in an upward position. This operation involves slimming the bone, so the jaw is prone to swell more than in many other operations. It is therefore very important that you keep your head elevated at all times during your recovery period. An easy way to maintain the elevated position during rest is to sleep on two pillows at night. We also highly recommend wearing a handkerchief or shawl to cover the area so that you will be more comfortable going outside. You will experience swelling and bruising for the first two weeks after the surgery, but this will eventually subside. There will also be numbness when you talk, yawn, eat, and do anything that involves your jaw. The sutures in your mouth will dissolve within two weeks time. During the recovery period, walking assists with healing and minimizing blood clots.
After a week from surgery, most people are already able to go back to work. We usually advise you to take up to two weeks off from work. You will also be advised to follow a soft food diet and avoid strenuous exercise for the next six weeks. You will have to avoid any situation that involves facial contact for two months.