Facial Bone Contouring - Op. Dr. Barış Çin

Facial Bone Contouring

Jawline contouring surgery can offer significant improvements to the shape of your face and restore overall facial balance. Also known as a V-line surgery, jawline surgery is an operation to surgically reshape the jaw bone that can transform the patient's appearance from the frontal view as well as the side view.

Why it's done

Facial bone contouring can transform and enhance the appearance of your face, creating more feminine, or masculine features, more defined features, and achieving overall facial balance.


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Complications from mandibular angle reduction include bleeding, hematoma, infection, asymmetry, undercorrection, overcorrection, condyle fracture, and facial nerve palsy. Excision of masseter muscle may cause bleeding, intense and prolonged swelling, trismus, and a risk of facial nerve palsy.

During the surgery

If you want to have a facial bone contouring surgery, you need to prepare well to achieve the desired results and avoid complications. Preparation for facial bone contouring may differ based on the procedure. Therefore, you should always ask your doctor about what you need to do beforehand. In general, and regardless of the procedure you are about to have, you should:

  • Quit smoking: Quit smoking for 4 to 6 weeks before the surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption: Drinking alcohol may increase the possibility of bleeding during and after the procedure. You should refrain from alcohol for about a week before the surgery.
  • Avoid taking blood thinners: It is not recommended that you take blood thinners before the surgery. If you are taking them, tell your doctor and ask him/her if you should stop them or take an alternative.
  • Stop herbal drugs: Being natural does not mean they cannot do you any harm. Tell your doctor about any herbal medicine you are taking and ask if you should stop it before the surgery.
  • Protect yourself from the sun: Try to avoid exposing yourself to the sun and use a sunscreen. It is better to have a natural skin tone while performing a surgery.
  • Avoid eating the night before the surgery: eating before the surgery may interfere with the anesthesia, so you should stop eating the night before the surgery. On the other hand, you should drink enough water and stay hydrated.
  • Medical tests: Some surgery may require doing some blood test and imaging. Ask the surgeon if you need to do any tests especially if you are about to have use a surgical approach.

Preparation also includes preparing your mind. Some approaches are irreversible so you will need to know exactly what you are about to do. Ask for some images for people who had the surgery before and be honest to your doctor about your expectation, as well tell him/her if you have any worries.

After the surgery

Recovery after the facial contouring depends mainly on the procedure you underwent, and the recovery time will vary accordingly. The recovery period afterwards ranges from few days to 3 to 4 weeks.

To avoid any possible complications and make sure you have the best results, you should consider the following:

Have some rest and avoid sports for few weeks.
Avoid smoking and alcohol for a month after the surgery.
Sleep with your head elevated.
Use cold packs if there are swelling.
Avoid hard foods that are hard to chew.

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Frequently Asked Questions 


Can I have a smaller face without getting facial contouring surgery?

Every individual is different, so surgery recommendation would differ depending on the facial structure. If the facial size or shape is large because of the facial bone structure, then surgery is required to change it. For cases like this patient, he has an overworked masseter muscle. Botox injections were enough to make his face smaller because only the muscles were overgrown. If you have a similar problem, then it can be resolved with botox injections.

Are the surgery results permanent?

With facial contouring surgery, the bones are shaved and fixed in their places with pins and screws. Once the bones heal, they will not move so the surgery results are permanent.

Do I need to have the pins removed after surgery?

There is no need for the pins to be removed. The pins are made of titanium which does not affect the body. However, if you do not want anyone to know you had surgery, then you can have them removed. Your surgeon has to examine you to see when you can get them removed (Approx. 6-24 months).

What is frequently asked questions?

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) or Questions and Answers (Q&A), are listed questions and answers, all supposed to be commonly asked in some context, and pertaining to a particular topic.

Is it safe for me to fly back after surgery?

After 7-10 days, it is safe to fly, though we would recommend staying for 14 days and removing the stitches before leaving.

What types of foods should I avoid after surgery?

Salty, greasy, spicy foods should be avoided for a month. Chewy food should be avoided for at least a month, but three months is better to allow the bones to heal well.

Do I need an additional lifting procedure after facial contouring surgery?

This depends on the age and skin elasticity level. The lesser the skin elasticity, the higher the chances of needed a lifting surgery along with facial contouring surgery. So even if you are young, but your skin is not very elastic, then a lifting procedure is recommended.


Why should I stop drinking and smoking for a month after surgery?

Smoking and alcohol increase the risk of getting infections. Also, the immune system gets weakened so healing time will be longer. Avoiding smoking and drinking for up to three months is the best. If not possible, then at least one month after surgery is recommended.

How long does the numbness last for?

The numbness is one of the symptoms of surgery which improve with time. Once the nerves in the face heal, the sensation will start to return. It can take from 6 months to a year for the numbness to dissipate.

Will my facial structure change when I age?

Once the bones heal, their placement will not change even as you age.

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