What is jaw angle augmentation?

Jaw angle augmentation is a procedure to enhance the jawline in both men and women. Our cosmetic surgeon will work with you to develop the perfect jaw implants and give you the look you’ve always wanted. Using 3D imagery, we work directly with the manufacturer to create a custom 3D-printed jaw implant to achieve your cosmetic goals. Many of our patients undergo jaw augmentation surgery in addition to chin and cheek augmentation as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation strategy.

Who is a candidate for jaw augmentation?

If you have concerns of a weak chin or a weak jawline, you are likely a good candidate for this customized enhancement. In younger patients, you may not like the way your jaw looks in angles of photographs or how you appear in profile. For older patients with weak chins and jawlines, they usually come to us with early-onset aging, sagging of the neck, jowls, and deep wrinkles of the lower face and neck. Patients who desire procedures to help them look younger may, in fact, need face lifting in combination with jawline enhancement with custom facial implants. This will not only help them achieve a desirable result but also maintain that result over time!

Why choose us for jaw angle augmentation in Lakeway or Austin?

When seeking a more structured, refined jawline, you deserve to be treated by a talented surgeon who employs advanced techniques, geared to create the most attractive look. Dr. Michelle Cabret brings over two decades of experience to every jaw angle augmentation, delivered at our state-of-the-art facility, where you can expect concierge-style care, and a comprehensive, high-tech custom approach that leaves you looking – and feeling your best. Your jaw angle augmentation will be performed in our onsite operating room for the ultimate in patient safety, and surgery performed in a private, exclusive setting, by a surgeon who has mastered the art of jawline augmentation. We provide a concierge level of service to our patients. From initial consultation to every other visit with us, we provide personal and comprehensive care.

What can jaw augmentation accomplish?

The critical areas of the jaw that patients have concerns about include the width of the jaw, the length of the jaw and the chin. The “Brad Pitt” jawline is very desirable for men and most female supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, and Claudia Schiffer have all aged extremely well because of their strong jawlines. Christie Brinkley at the age of 65 is truly exceptional by all standards! Jaw augmentation will help define soft tissue lines of the face, rejuvenate the face, and help the face age phenomenally!

What are jaw implants made of?

Jaw Implants are made of solid silicone. They come in various sizes and shapes depending upon the particular patient’s needs and goals. However today, custom jaw implants are far superior in achieving specific results. Recently we had a patient who had had jaw (orthognathic surgery) as a kid, and he was very dissatisfied with his jawline and asymmetry. He also brought in a picture of Superman actor Henry Cavill and desired a similar jawline. This would be virtually impossible with standard implants.

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A high-tech approach to jaw enhancement surgery: Austin Cosmetic Surgery.

With custom jaw implants, we first obtain a 3D, high-resolution CT (CAT) scan of our patient’s face. Then those images are sent to Implantech, and with the patient present, we measure the proportions of Henry Cavill’s jaw and translate them into creating a proportional jawline for the patient using the 3D CT scan. The implants are designed virtually and then custom made for the patient. During the procedure, those custom implants exactly fit his existing jaw to treat any preexisting asymmetry and enhance the jawline. It is truly a technological marvel. The implants are held in place with tiny titanium screws so that they never move.

Preparing for jaw implant surgery

Before your jaw augmentation procedure, we will review your medical history and determine your current physical health. It is important during this consultation to fully disclose your history of smoking and any prescription drugs you take.

Once we establish that you’re healthy enough for the procedure, we’ll perform a low-radiation 3D cat scan to give us a complete visualization of your jaw. We work directly with the implant company to create your custom-made jaw implant.

What is the jaw angle augmentation procedure?

Your jaw angle augmentation will be performed under general anesthesia. While you are asleep, our surgeon will make incisions inside your mouth behind your wisdom teeth. Your jaw implants will be meticulously positioned and secured to the bone with tiny metal screws.

Can jaw augmentation be combined with other procedures?

Jaw augmentation can be combined with virtually all surgical procedures we perform. We frequently incorporate jaw augmentation with a neck lift, facelift, cheek implants, a brow lift, facial laser skin resurfacing, nose reshaping, or fat grafting. We work essentially from the inside out, from skeleton to skin. The facial skeleton enhanced by facial implants of any kind helps support the soft tissue and define their contours beautifully!

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Are there any alternatives to implants for jaw augmentation?

There are some patients who present for jaw augmentation that may be better served by corrective jaw surgery. Every patient is unique, and our approach is to treat the individual with the procedure that is most appropriate.

Specialized jaw surgeries

The treatment may include operations on the upper jaw (LeFort I), the lower jaw (Bilateral Sagittal Split Ramus Osteotomy) or the chin (genioplasty). In many cases, these patients have problems with the function of their bite (occlusion) and corrective jaw surgery will not only improve function but also enhance the form and shape of the face. These procedures allow for the advancement of the bones but have specific limitations. Some patients may desire even stronger facial features. After undergoing corrective jaw surgery, they may require the placement of facial and jaw implants to accomplish their personal goals.

Facial fillers

Additionally, facial fillers may be used to camouflage small jaw line deficiencies. Fillers can be used to enhance the chin, the jawline, the cheeks, the nose, and the temporal forehead. The downside is that none of these fillers are permanent and require a continual expense for the patient over time whereas the facial implants should last the lifetime of the patient.

Jaw angle augmentation recovery

Recovery from jaw implants is quite easy and uneventful for most people. Most patients do not have pain or require pain management for more than one to two days after surgery. Facial swelling is, of course, going to occur, and varies from person to person.

Compliance with avoidance of alcohol, keeping daily sodium intake to less than 1500 mg/day, using ice packs, keeping the head elevated and avoiding any strenuous activity will all help minimize swelling.

Patients are usually back to work in seven to ten days and bruising is usually resolved by then. Final results with all swelling gone occurs at about three months.

Will my jaw implants ever need to be replaced?

There is no indication for removal and replacement of jaw implants. As they are placed directly upon the bone and held into place with tiny titanium screws, they do not move. Barring future infection or trauma to the area, the body encapsulates them with a small layer of scar which protects them and holds them in place.

You will be prescribed a course of oral antibiotics before your treatment to prevent infection. Patients with jaw implants often forget that they are even there over time. They feel just like your own bone and the thick layers of soft tissue and muscle above them make them difficult to notice as being other than your own tissues.

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Schedule a consultation

Our helpful staff can answer your questions about Jaw Angle Augmentation. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us online or call us directly – we are here for you! We are honored to be considered among the premier jaw angle augmentation practices in the region, and we proudly serve the communities of Austin, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Barton Creek, and Spicewood. Dr. Cabret is also honored to serve patients in and beyond Scottsdale, AZ.

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