- Do you feel uncomfortable with how your jaw or how your cheek bones look?
- Are they too big for you? Or they may be too small?
- Are you bothered with your abnormally positioned jaws?
- Are you aiming for that stunning smile?
Orthognathic surgery is definitely for you – have the jaw surgery and start enjoying its benefits.
What is Orthognathic surgery (jaw reshaping, jaw correction surgery)?
Orthognathic surgery is an operation that will reposition the lower, upper or both jaws, for individuals with an abnormally positioned jaw in relation to the base of the skull or individuals who have large discrepancy between the sizes of the jaws in relation to each other. Orthognatic surgery can be used to change your facial shape completely.
What’s the process of jaw surgery?
The Jaw surgery is performed only after a detailed initial consultation. At the beginning of the treatment, the teeth are first aligned, at the same time the useless teeth such as the wisdom teeth are removed. When the orthognathic treatment starts, it usually takes about 18 to 24 months for the teeth to straighten with the help of braces. When the teeth are all set up, it’s now the right time to perform orthognathic surgery that will be done on one of the jaws or both. Then it will be followed by the final orthodontic treatment which lasts for approximately 6 months.
After all this is completed, the patient can now enjoy the benefit of having pleasing facial features and a stunning smile.
Recovery after jaw surgery
It is normal that a patient who goes through the jaw reshaping or jaw correction surgery will feel pain or have some some discomfort after the orthognathic surgery, although the pain varies from one patient to another, depending on their pain tolerance level. So make sure that you take your medications as directed.
You will be able to shower on the second day after the jaw surgery, however, you need to avoid prolonged and hot shower, which may lead to bleeding of your lower jaw, if the surgery is performed there.
You must avoid exercises, any activity such as lifting or activities that may raise your blood pressure or pulse for at least a month following the orthognathic surgery. Any activity that may increase the blood pressure may result in bleeding since the blood vessels are still healing from the surgery. Gentle exercises can be done after 2 weeks, but don’t do any cardio for 4 to 6 weeks after the jaw reshaping. Don’t drive a vehicle for the next 48 hours.
It is common to have minor bleeding from the surgical area in the mouth or from the nose. The bleeding or oozing will usually last for 7 to 10 days after the jaw reshaping. However, when the bleeding activity is excessive, make sure to call your doctor.
Swelling is generally expected after the orthognathic surgery, but this also varies from patient to patient. A large degree of swelling may be anticipated over your cheek area as well as down, over your neck. Maximum swelling will occur at approximately 4 days post surgery, but will slowly subside after approximately 2 weeks. For the next 2 to 3 months, a little swelling about 10 – 20 % is anticipated. For the first 3 to 5 days following the jaw surgery, you can place ice on your face, when you are awake.
On the 4th day, it is recommended to have a warm water bottle aligned to your face, to help reduce the swelling.
For the first 24 hours, nausea and vomiting are common. If vomiting and nausea persist, make sure to let your doctor know.
Use the Pain medication, mouth rinse, and antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. Use them as instructed on the bottle.
FAQs (Frequently Ask Question)
Who are the best candidates for jaw surgery?
Orthognathic surgery’s best patients are those from ages 18 to 45. Jaw surgery is best performed after the jaw stops growing, which is normally at the age of 18 years. Jaw correction surgery is rarely used on children aged 18 and below. The patients under 18 have a treatment limited to the growth modification of the jaws, and orthodontics; however, if the orthodontics wasn’t successful or ineffective, the parents of the patient and as well as the patient must provide their consent, before setting up the patient for an orthognathic surgery.
How much weight will I lose after the jaw surgery?
Mostly, patients lose between 5 to 10 pounds in the first month of their recovery, as chewing will be difficult and you are typically put on a liquid and a semi-solid diet.
Orthognathic Surgery Before After Photos
What is the cost of Orthognathic Surgery?
Achieving perfection in anything requires time, effort and expenditure. In the case of our face and bodies, however, effort is not entirely sufficient to achieve what we have always desired. IN such situations, cosmetic surgery can be a worthwhile investment and allow us to attain the looks we have always wanted. Orthognathic surgery is one such corrective procedure that can sculpt your jaws and give you the cheekbones of your dreams.
Any cosmetic procedure is a significant investment. Having decided to undergo orthognathic surgery, naturally, you would wonder, ‘How much is the cost of the orthognathic surgery? The costs associated with the surgery vary from patient to patient, depending upon the extent of reconstruction. In India, cosmetic surgery can be availed at a fraction of the costs of costs in UK, USA and Singapore without any compromise on the quality of care.
We, at The Esthetic Clinic, are committed to providing you the very best quality of care during the course of your cosmetic surgery. Dr. Debraj Shome, our leading surgeon is a well know oculoplastic surgeon in Mumbai, India. We have the latest surgical equipment and highly-trained and specialised staff who use the latest techniques to give you your dream look.
The Esthetic Clinic is a medical centre specialised to perform skin-care treatments and cosmetic surgery. Our medical head, Dr. Debraj Shome, is a highly experienced facial cosmetic surgeon who has extensive experience conducting a wide range of cosmetic procedures. You can trust The Esthetic Clinic to help you achieve the look you have look you have always wanted.
About Dr. Debraj Shome
Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinic, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Holy Family Hospital & Nova Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, Best Oculoplastic Surgeon India”, etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life …Read more
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