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Everything About Jaw Implant Surgery

2021-10-04 16:29:46

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

What you read in this article:

  1. How do jaw implants work?
  2. What is the procedure for jaw implants?
  3. What are the risks or side effects of jaw implant procedure?
  4. What to expect after jaw implant?
  5. How to be prepared for jaw implants surgery?
  6. How much do jaw implants cost?


What are jaw implants?

The process is used to place an implant in the jawline in order to give a jaw and chin a more pronounced appearance. This is a type of surgery that is suitable for both men and women who like to have a smaller chin and jaw look in comparison with other parts of their face. The operation must be done by an experienced plastic surgeon because in these situation the surgery will help balance out the proportion of all facial features. As nose and chin are considered complimentary in terms of facial proportions the jaw implant surgery is often done with rhinoplasty or nose job.

How do jaw implants work?

Jaw implants are mostly made of medpor trusted sources which include silicone and polyethylene. The implants are designed for each patient because implants should be specifically fit the patient's individual jawline shape.

The implant should give a face sharper angle and a more pronounced jawline appearance by elongating the shape of the jaw typically by the chin.

If you want to know about Jaw Surgery for men you can read this article.

jaw implant incision

What is the procedure for jaw implants?

This type of cosmetic surgery is often an outpatient procedure that lasts about an hour. The type of surgery and the time that it will take depends on the amount of natural bone you have. Because of that reason, you may need some sessions of consultation before your surgery. A typical procedure performance includes: 

  1. First of all you will arrive in the hospital or your doctor's office and after filling out the paperwork you will be entered to the place where the procedure will be performed.
  2. An anesthesiologist nurse or doctor will give you general anesthesia in order to reduce all discomfort and painful feelings during the operation.
  3. For placing the implant and performance of the operation incisions will be made inside of your mouth most often. These incisions reduce scarring signs of your surgery.
  4. The next step includes placing the implant in the right position from the created pocket made by incisions along the patient's jawbone.
  5. After placing the implant in the right position surgeon closes the incisions with stitches and sutures.
  6. The surgical area must be bandaged and fixed.
  7. All these procedures may last about an hour.

Be careful because you should arrange for someone else to pick you up as the anesthesia can make it dangerous to drive.

What are the risks or side effects of jaw implant procedure?

Like all types of aesthetic operations jaw implant surgery includes its own risks which include:

      • swelling
      • infection, which can result in removal of the implant
      • complications from anesthesia
      • prolonged scarring
      • excessive bleeding
      • a shifted implant, which can result in the need for corrective surgery
      • allergic reaction to an implant
      • nerve damage

The most dangerous side effect is nerve damage because it can cause numbness of the lower lip or even reduce the controlling the muscles around the mouth. This nerve damage can make asymmetry smile, drooling or even lisp. Although these side effects may be frightening for the patients most of the time these are temporary and may be improved over weeks to months.

before and after jaw implant

What to expect after jaw implants?

However, the jaw implant surgery is a quick process and lasts for about an hour but you have to plan for the recovery before having it.

      • You will see results immediately following your operation, though the surgical area will be swollen and potentially bruised for at least a week.
      • You can manage swelling with painkillers prescribed by your doctor, and with the use of cold compresses in surgical areas.
      • Implants made of materials like silicone or titanium trussed Source are permanent, though there is a small potential for them to shift or get infected. Be careful with using prescribed antibiotics following your surgery.
      • You should plan to avoid smoking and alcohol for at least a few weeks after surgery. Consuming each of them may reduce the healing speed.
      • Try to sleep with an elevated head and avoid sleeping face down.
      • You may likely need to return about a week later to get your stitches removed and so the doctor can see how is your healing process.

How to be prepared for jaw implants surgery?

There are different steps you have to do before having a jaw implant operation to be sure the procedure goes as seamlessly as possible. These are the steps that may prepare you for the surgery: 

      • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol in the weeks leading up to the procedure, and plan to not smoke and drink in the weeks after.
      • Avoid taking blood-thinning medications including ibuprofen and certain herbal supplements. Avoid consuming any types of medications without your surgeon's idea.
      • Make sure to arrange a ride to and from your appointment, and if you live alone, see if there is someone who can check in on you during your recovery time.
      • It can be smart to visit your general practitioner before your surgery to make sure you are in completely good health and that your body can handle the jaw implant surgery.
      • Talk to your surgeon beforehand and look at before-and-after pictures to make sure you have realistic expectations for surgery.

How much do jaw implants cost?

As jaw implant surgery is a type of cosmetic process and due to this no insurance company covers the costs. The procedure itself typically costs in America from $2,000 to $4,000. Also, you have to know that you will need to take as many as seven days off work to recover from the procedure. After passing about ten days you are able to do your routine work.

You can read about all details of jaw surgeries on Ermateb's website. Ermateb is a medical tourism team that tries to provide medical and cosmetical offers in all fields. You can read about various operations and medical procedures and then if you had any problems ask Ermateb's professional experts who try to answer as soon as possible. You can trust Ermateb's group without any concerns because we try to suggest the most suitable offers for our beloved patients. If you compare the quality and range of costs you will understand you can not find these offers anywhere else with these affordable prices. Just contact us :

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