Creating a more pleasing silhouette
Unless your jawline is overly prominent, you may not give it much thought. But for those who feel it is noticeably detracting from the rest of their appearance, it can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Altering your jawline could simply provide you with a more harmonious facial aesthetic, or it could also be part of your facial feminisation surgery, if you are undergoing a male-to-female transformation.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
The results you deserve
If you desire a more feminine facial contour, jaw reshaping may provide the outcome you desire. Jawline reshaping surgery can remodel the jaw into a softer and more delicate shape and appearance, while diminishing distinctly masculine features. Prominent areas can be smoothed and softened, allowing the jaw to better blend with the rest of your facial features.
The result is a new sense of confidence and an appearance that represents you correctly, whilst maintaining a naturally feminine look. Subtle changes in the structure of the face, such as the jaw can have a profound impact on your overall appearance.
Meeting your surgeon
During your initial consultation, Dr Paul Gerarchi will conduct an assessment of both your jawline and face, analysing your muscle and bone structure in the area needing reshaping. This allows him to them discuss and formulate a plan to achieve your goals in a safe and efficient manner. Realistic expectations will be discussed, all risks discussed and questions answered. By obtaining a full understanding of your specific situation, a tailored procedure will be effectively implemented by Dr Gerarchi.
Your jawline reshaping journey
When your jawline reshaping surgery begins, you will be placed under general anaesthesia. All incisions will be positioned within the mouth to avoid any visible scarring. The first incision is placed beside the jaw, between the cheek and the gum, allowing sufficient access to the area of concern.
Following this, Dr Gerarchi will use several instruments to both shave and reshape your jaw into the desired position and appearance. Disolvable sutures will be used to close the incision once the procedure is complete, and a compression garment will be placed on the jaw to stabilise the area during your healing journey.
For the first month or so following your surgery, it is likely that you will experience swelling around the jawline. This is a normal side-effect, and it will settle and subside with time. Elevated sleeping and the use of a cold pack on the area as needed will help with swelling and pain relief. Eating for the first weeks following the surgery should follow a soft diet, as pain when chewing will persist.
Keep in mind that swelling may prevent the contours of the jaw from being evident for four to six weeks following surgery. Patience is important during this time as you await the final, more defined outcome of your jaw reshaping procedure.
Managing your pain and recovery
Dr Gerarchi will prescribe all necessary pain relief medication prior to you returning home after your surgery. Be sure to discuss medications that have not been personally prescribed by Dr Gerarchi with him before you ingest them. This will ensure the medication does not negatively interfere with your recovery process.
Prior to your surgery taking place, Dr Gerarchi will schedule your follow-up appointments. During these appointments, spaced evenly over your recovery period, Dr Gerarchi will monitor healing, assess any possible complications and answer any questions that you may have during this time. Ongoing support is a key component to your healthy recovery and we are committed to providing the support you need throughout the healing process.
If you would like to learn more about our jawline reshaping procedure, contact our office today. Dr Gerarchi and the team would be happy to answer your questions and provide advice on how you can move forward.