Case Study – Jaw Asymmetry Correction

  Background: Facial asymmetry is not uncommon and can occur from multiple causes. One of the most common is that from plagiocephaly where the entire craniofacial skeleton rotates or twists around a central axis resulting in a classic pattern of skull and facial bone asymmetries. But most facial asymmetries do not have such well identified…Read More…

Three-Dimensional Jaw Angle Surgery

  Changing the mandibular jaw angle can be one of the most challenging of all aesthetic facial skeletal surgeries. It is a tight space to work in from an intraoral approach and visualization is almost always suboptimal. Loupe magnification and a head light would be considered critical in any type of jaw angle surgery particularly…Read More…

Case Study – Female V-Line Jaw Narrowing Surgery

  Background: Jaw or jawline reduction surgery is directed towards narrowing the lower third of the face. Very square or wide lower faces is either considered too masculine or aesthetically undesired in women in particular and in some men. While widely considered an Asian (particularly Korean) type surgery, it is becoming more commonly requested amongst…Read More…

Masseter Muscle Changes After Jaw Angle Reduction

  Jaw angle reduction surgery, technically known as reduction gonioplasty, is a well known procedure to help reduce a square lower face. It is particularly common in Asians who often have more of a wider face with thicker masseter muscles and greater posterior jaw bone width. It has been practiced for years and is often…Read More…

A Comprehensive Approach to Asian Jawline Reshaping

  Amongst certain Asian subgroups, the face is very wide particularly in its lower third which gives it a square facial contour/shape. Aesthetically this is not a desired facial shape as the lower face should be less wide than the upper face. As a result, reshaping of the jawline/mandible to make it more narrow has…Read More…

Case Study: Lateral Corticotomy Jaw Angle Reduction

  Background: The frontal view of the face allows one to see its width from the forehead down to the jawline. This width and its proportion to the length of the face helps create an  overall facial shape. It is generally acknowledged that there are seven basic facial shapes which for women an oval shape…Read More…

Chin Narrowing and Lengthening for Slenderizing the Wide Lower Face

  Jaw angle reduction, also known as angoplasty, is one of the most commonly performed procedures for lower facial width reduction particularly in Asians. While it has been touted for years as a mainstay facial bone reduction procedure, it is not as effective as many believe. And when done aggressively through an amputation technique, it…Read More…

Asian Facial Reshaping by Cheek Narrowing and Jaw Angle Reduction

  Reflecting different facial characteristics from distant parts of the world is the difference between Eastern Asian and Caucasian facial bone structures. Prominent cheekbones and a strong jaw angle are common Asian features that are often asked to be reduced as they create a face that is perceived to be wide, square and relatively flat….Read More…

Mandibular Gonioplasty – Jaw Angle Removal vs. Jaw Angle Reduction

The shape of the lower jaw has an influence on the appearance of one’s face. Besides the shape and prominence of one’s chin in the front, the other important jaw features are that of the paired angles in the back. The more prominent or square the jaw angles are, they can enhance the masculine features…Read More…