When using state-of-the-art three-dimensional imaging and personalized molds, custom jaw implants are a safe and effective way to achieve a sculpted and defined jawline. Whether for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes, customized mandibular wrap implants offer superior results when compared to traditional jawline and chin augmentation procedures. Although the implant itself may be small, it will have a significant effect on your facial profile, your overall appearance, and your confidence! Dr. Michelle Cabret, MD, DDS is an expertly trained cosmetic surgeon. She is also one of the few surgeons in the United States who has the knowledge, experience, and skill necessary to perform this procedure with consistently beautiful results..
The first step on your journey to achieve your desired facial contours is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cabret at our Austin offices. Here, she will learn more about your ideal aesthetic and show you how custom jaw implants can revitalize your appearance. To reach our front desk and friendly staff, please call (512) 688-8000.
The Traditional Approach
The Universal Symbol of Strength
Across many cultures, a chiseled, defined jawline has been historically seen as a sign of strength and beauty. Ancient Greek statues depict Homeric heroes and gods and goddesses with angular, distinct jawline. Even Botticelli’s Renaissance nymphs possess graceful yet definitive mandibular curves. A defined jawline isn’t just an aesthetic asset, it’s also a signal of desirable physiology, and key to our survival as a species. A strong, masculine jawline is an indicator of dominant genes, which remains subconsciously attractive to potential suitors. Evolutionary impulses aside, a defined jawline frames the face to showcase our unique facial features. But, like many other aspects of our appearance (and gene pool), we didn’t get to choose our facial structure. For many, a weak jawline is an inherited trait. But for others, an injury or illness may have compromised their contours. Like any broken or fractured bone, when the mandible’s structure undergoes trauma, it may not heal in alignment. To balance and correct aesthetic deficiencies in the jaw, maxillofacial surgeons utilize jaw implants.
One Size Implant Does Not Fit All
To provide patients with the jawline they desire, cosmetic surgeons have typically utilized generic titanium jaw implants. These implants are attached directly to the mandible bone. Once the skin is positioned over the implant and the incisions are sutured, in theory, the patient is able to enjoy a redefined jawline. But, this traditional approach comes with many obstacles. First, the commercially available titanium implants come only in one standard size and style, leaving no margin for the natural variations in size and symmetry. A slight mismatch in implant and bone alignment may cause complications like implant failure or migration. Second, these “one-size-fits-all” implants are molded and shaped before and during your procedure in a trial-and-error method to fit the implant to your unique craniofacial structure. Patients are unable to see what their results will look like until they’ve fully healed from your surgery – weeks or even months later.
However, advances in three-dimensional modeling and imaging technology has allowed surgeons to provide patients with custom implants, and the ability to anticipate exact results.
Custom jaw implants begin as patients envision their ideal jawline. An appointment with Dr. Cabret can transform that imagery into reality. First, the patient undergoes a computed tomography (CT) scan, where their face’s unique bone structure is digitally mapped and rendered. Then, advanced imaging software for 3D modeling gives the surgeon the ability to design an implant customized to fit the patient’s jawbone and achieve their desired aesthetic. Your custom implants will be manufactured based on these measurements, and made out of a soft silicone polymer. Planning for a mandibular wrap with Dr. Cabret is a collaborative experience. Your implants are expertly tailored to your unique bone structure and desired results well before your procedure. These custom implants wrap around the structure of your mandible, taking into account the slight variations and asymmetries that occur in nature.
If you would like to learn and discuss what your custom implants will look like, please don’t hesitate to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cabret today!
During your consultation, we will begin by performing a brief physical examination and a new patient intake interview. Then, Dr. Cabret will want to learn about your ideal jawline, which could be more angular, defined framing edges to your face, or a more pronounced chin. After fully understanding your desires, Dr. Cabret will address the CT scan of your facial structure. With this digitally rendered reconstruction, she will be able to see the unique features of your mandible. From here, Dr. Cabret will virtually construct your new, desired aesthetic. She will work closely with you to add any necessary adjustments and modifications to the virtual implants. In addition, she will plan a surgical approach, determining incision locations and whether underlying tissue needs to be adjusted for the implants to fit firmly. Once you and Dr. Cabret have discussed the approach and the implant shape and structure, we will send the exact measurements into production. After we have received your personalized implants, we will be able to conduct your custom jaw implant procedure.
Preparing for your procedure might insist on some personalized instructions to follow, but in general, we recommend that you:
- Avoid smoking. Nicotine is known to constrict blood vessels, which hampers the body’s natural ability to heal post-operatively.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications as these can cause excessive bleeding during your procedure. For pain management, please ask one of our nurses for assistance.
- Designate a caregiver to drive you home and assist you after your procedure. You will be given general anesthesia before your procedure and will not be able to drive yourself.
- Prepare your home by filling any prescriptions beforehand and designating a quiet place for a restful recovery.
Your custom jaw implant procedure will be an outpatient surgery that should take between 30 minutes to an hour. We will begin by making sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Cabret will answer any last-minute questions and make sure that you’re excited for your results! Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Cabret will begin. Jaw implants are placed intraorally, so incisions will be made on the inside of your mouth, where your inner cheek meets the bottom of your gum line. Once the area is prepared and the implants are put into position, they are secured to the mandible with carefully placed screws. The surrounding tissue is replaced, and the incision sites are sutured closed.
For the first week of your recovery, you’ll wear a compression garment around the clock to help with swelling and protect your results. After this time, you’ll be able to take it off during the day, but will need to wear it at night for the next 45 days.
It will be imperative to continue avoiding blood-thinning medications and take the pain medication and antibiotics that Dr. Cabret has prescribed. Plan on eating soft foods. Patients are advised to keep their head elevated and sleep on their back to avoid any pressure on the jaw during their sleep. After the initial pain and discomfort have subsided and the swelling has receded, you will see a more defined, sculpted jawline.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
After experiencing the high level of care that Dr. Cabret and her expert team are committed to, you might be inclined to make us your choice for additional cosmetic procedures. Many clients who are interested in better contouring their facial features, like with custom jaw implants, see rejuvenating results with a rhinoplasty. The chin-to-nose relationship is a delicate relationship that keeps the proportions of the face in harmonious balance.
The cost of your custom jaw implants will be determined during your consultation. Because this is a highly customizable treatment, there is no set price for this procedure. If you would like to learn more about pricing, don’t hesitate to call our front desk directly at (512) 688-8000. We do offer financing options. Be sure to visit our financing page to learn more.
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