Cosmetic surgery has been gaining so much popularity in recent times as different persons across the world look to effect some form of (aesthetic) transformation on specific parts of the body. The availability of highly skilled cosmetic surgeons has further advanced this course. Talking about a cosmetic surgery protocol that has performed with notable success rate is face shortening.
Generally, you may envisage going for face shortening surgery if your face is overly long or when the boundary between your face and your neck is not distinct. Furthermore, and even more significantly, someone with long syndrome – also known as vertical maxillary excess – may also seek out facial reconstruction through shortening. As a matter of emphasis, long syndrome is characterized by the lop-sided growth of the jaw that results in the face having an excessively long appearance. Long face syndrome has also been reported to cause a dental deformity known as gummy smile – albeit this is somewhat rare.
There are two ways through which the human face can be shortened or reduced. It can be done either by reducing the length of the midface or the lower face. Concerning the former, surgical procedures such as philtrum reduction or Le Fort I osteotomy can be adopted while shortening of the lower face can be actualized through a chin reduction surgery called Mentoplasty. The particular protocol that would be chosen will be incumbent on the surgeon’s evaluation and/or recommendation –and your preferences as well. Let us now brief you on steps involved in the Le Fort I osteotomy and inverted V- shape osteotomy procedures as you anticipate getting the best pair of hands to perform a face shortening surgery performed on you.
Mentoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia. However, before getting ahead with the procedure, the surgeon will have you go for an X-ray examination. This will enable the surgeon to assess the condition of your teeth roots, and also plan on the degree of contouring that has to do achieved to give the desired facial shape. Your plastic surgeon will do an intraoral incision, right on the lower gum to allow him/her to gain access to the bone structure around the chin. Having gained access, the next step will be to remove and then reshape the tip of the chin with the aid of some surgical tools. Thereafter, the surgeon appropriately contours the bone and puts the tip back in position. Dissolvable stitches will then be used in closing up the incision, and a facial band will be placed over the area to help hold the chin securely in position – this would be taken off later. The procedure should not take more than an hour to complete, and recovery time can be between 7 – 9 weeks.
It is important to inform you that certain risks come with face shortening surgeries. This is not to scare you away from having that facial reconstruction you so desire, but ensure that you strengthen the resolve to have the protocol carried out by an experienced cosmetic surgeon – and under sterile conditions. Having said that, here are some of the risks you need to be mindful of when going for a face shortening surgical procedure:
It is not uncommon to experience mild to moderate pain after undergoing a face shortening surgery. To this end, you should avoid engaging in physically demanding tasks while the wound heals. Additionally, for the first 4 - 6 weeks after the surgery, your meal should be majorly composed of soft foods, and regularly use your mouthwash to cleanse your mouth – maintaining good oral hygiene at this time is of utmost importance. You should also place a cold pack on your face, from time to time, to prevent swelling. Besides all these measures, your cosmetic surgeon should also follow you up for some weeks and provide you with further instructions that would be valuable in speeding up the healing process. It is, therefore, expedient that you endeavour to abide by these instructions and reach out to the surgeon or clinic whenever you have any inquiry as per your recovery and noticeable changes.
Well, the cost of face shortening surgery varies since there are different techniques applicable. Moreover, there are instances where an individual may need a combination of face shortening protocols performed on him/her before achieving a satisfactory facial length. Notwithstanding, on average, the cost of face shortening surgery should not exceed US$10,000.
The delicateness of cosmetic surgery has often driven people to look out for a top clinic that is well-equipped to handle their cases. At The Esthetic Clinics, we have attended to the need of numerous clients who have experienced the professionalism exhibited by our celebrity surgeon, Dr. Debraj Shome. We also have, on board, other plastic surgeons who have been in the field for over five years, with notable awards and recognitions to show for their services. in light of all these, your face shortening in India will come as easy and smooth as you can get from any world-class face reconstruction centre/medical facility
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.