About

  • Jawline surgery can be used to shave the jawline for a slimmer appearance.
  • It can also enhance a jawline that isn’t well-defined.
  • In some cases, it may also be used to correct pain from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or fix an uneven jaw or one that causes pain when chewing.

Safety

Convenience

  • You will likely have to take at least 2 to 3 days off work while you recover from jawline surgery, plus a day for the procedure itself.
  • The procedure takes 2 to 4 hours.
  • You may be required to spend a night or as many as 4 nights in the hospital while you recover.

Cost

  • Jawline surgery ranges widely in price. It can cost anywhere from $6,500 to $56,000 depending on the practitioner and the scope of the surgery.
  • If the surgery is done solely for cosmetic reasons, it’s unlikely to be covered by insurance.

Efficacy

  • Jawline surgery is permanent and typically very effective.
  • If the surgery is done to correct a jaw’s alignment, you may also need to get braces to realign the teeth.
  • If you’re not looking for a permanent solution, you may achieve a similar but temporary effect from Botox or dermal fillers in the jaw and chin.

Jawline surgery, also sometimes called orthognathic surgery, can reshape the jaw and chin. It can be used to either enhance and define the jaw or reduce the size of the bone to give the chin a slimmer look. In some cases, the surgery can be used to realign the teeth and jaw if they’re not working properly.

If the surgery is for cosmetic reasons, it’s unlikely to be covered by insurance. The procedure can cost anywhere from $6,500 to $56,000, depending on the type of surgery.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your jaw, have pain associated with TMJD, or aren’t satisfied with the look of Botox on the jawline, you may be a good candidate for jawline surgery.

If you’re not yet fully grown, you should wait until you are to consider this procedure as the jaw can shift with growth.

In addition to the cost of the jawline surgery, which is estimated as anywhere from $6,500 to $56,000, you will also need to take time off from work to heal. While full healing can take up to 12 weeks, you can usually return to work within 1 to 3 weeks.

If the surgery is for cosmetic reasons only, it will not be covered by insurance. However, if you’re having it done because chewing or swallowing is painful, or to correct other health problems, some of the surgery may be covered.

Jawline surgery works by shaving bone to reduce the size of the jaw. This procedure is sometimes part of facial feminization. A jaw reduction focuses on the back of the jaw, by the ears. It can help smooth any protrusions and give the face an overall slimmer look.

Another option is a chin implant, which is a different kind of surgery. This procedure involves fitting an implant around your natural chin to create a more pronounced, sharp jaw.

  • For most jawline surgeries, you will be put under general anesthesia.
  • Cuts are typically made inside the mouth, so there’s no obvious scarring.
  • If your jaw or teeth are misaligned, it will be cut and then repositioned.
  • Tiny bone plates, screws, and wires or rubber bands may be used to secure the jaw in its place. The screws are permanent and will integrate into the jaw over time.
  • If you’re getting a jaw reduction, a small incision will be made inside your mouth between the gum and the cheek.
  • The surgeon will use a laser or a micro saw to shave off part of the bone.

Jawline surgery targets the jaw, chin, and teeth. It can be performed on the upper or lower jaw, or both, depending on your needs.

As with most facial surgeries, jawline surgery comes with certain risks and side effects, including:

It’s normal to have facial swelling after surgery, and depending on the scope of your surgery, you will likely stay in the hospital for a few days.

Your surgeon will provide instructions about what’s safe to eat and drink, what type of painkillers you can take, how to sleep without disrupting the jaw, and when you can return to work or school.

You should not smoke or do strenuous activity or exercise after the procedure. Once the swelling is gone, you will see results immediately and they are permanent, though you may still need braces to align your teeth with your new jaw shape.

  • Depending on the type of jawline surgery, you may have braces placed on your teeth 12 to 18 months prior to align your teeth before surgery.
  • More immediately before jawline surgery, you will want to prepare for your hospital stay, which may be as long as 2 to 4 days.
  • Make sure you pack a bag with things to keep you entertained, and if your surgery does not require an overnight stay, arrange for someone to pick you up.
  • Your doctor will likely ask you to stop smoking before your surgery, or to avoid certain medications.
  • If you’re having facial feminization surgery, you may also be asked to go off hormones in the weeks before and after your procedure.

Here are a couple illustrations to help you get an idea of what it might look like before and after both cosmetic and non-cosmetic jawline surgeries.

Dermal fillers are another option for people who want a more pronounced jawline, but don’t want to undergo surgery. The best candidates for jawline fillers already have a fairly pronounced jawline that they want to enhance just slightly.

Botox along the jawline can create a similar effect as jawline shaving surgery, but Botox has a less permanent effect. Botox works to slim the masseter muscles (sometimes called jowls) that can give the face and chin an overall thinner appearance.

It’s essential to find a reputable surgeon to perform jawline surgery. You can use this link to find surgeons near you. If possible, it can be helpful to their office beforehand and ask questions about the procedure and what you will need to know about aftercare.