Surgery of the Jaw
NJ Aesthetic and Reconstructive Jaw Surgery Options
The jaw defines the borders of the face and is intimately tied to the attractiveness of the face. Whether the jaw surgery is for functional or aesthetic reasons, at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the guidelines of beauty inform decisions about treatment.
Dr. Gandolfi is uniquely qualified as a surgeon for the correction of form and function of the jaw. His extensive plastic surgery training included specialized training in craniofacial surgery at the world-renowned UCLA Center for Craniofacial Surgery. If you’re concerned about how your jaw frames your face, request a consultation with Dr. Gandolfi at our Paramus, NJ plastic surgery practice.
Surgery of the Jaw Options
There are many options for improving the appearance of the jaw and it’s relationship with the rest of the face. In some cases, the jaw’s appearance may be improved by correcting the proportion of the cheeks, as done in buccal fat extraction. Each patient has unique needs and Dr. Gandolfi has many techniques and a wealth of experience to draw upon. Only during a consultation can a specific course of treatment be planned. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gandolfi.
Common surgeries for improving the appearance of the jaw:
Buccal Fat Extraction
The fat pad in the cheek is called the buccal fat pad. This fat can cause the appearance of chubby cheeks, or chipmunk cheeks, or cheeks that simply look and feel out of proportion with the rest of the face. Through a small incision on the inside of the mouth, excess tissue is carefully removed to produce a more svelte lower jaw and help define the cheek. Since the incision is made inside the mouth there will be no visible scars.
The angles and proportions of the jaw are intimately tied to how masculine or feminine a face looks. Dr. Gandolfi utilizes the most advanced techniques to build up the jaw, or thin the jaw to masculinize or feminize the look of the jaw.
The lower jaw plays a integral role in the appearance of the neck. In some cases, improvements in the appearance of the neck can be made by reshaping, or repositioning the jaw.
Malocclusion is the term for when teeth come together improperly resulting in a an abnormal bite. The jaw may be misaligned, shifted forward or back, causing functional problems like, uneven/harmful tooth wear, jaw pain or headache, damaged/sensitive teeth, or trouble chewing or swallowing. Learn more about malocclusion surgery for bite correction.