A Comprehensive Guide to Cosmetic Facial Surgery: Procedures, Risks, and Benefits

Is your disproportionate jaw making you lose your confidence? 

Do you have an oddly shaped nose?

If you relate to the above questions, there is no need to feel disheartened. As you read on, you will discover the solution to your issue. We understand the importance of having a pleasing facial profile in your personal and professional life. A misshapen jaw or nose can sap your self-esteem and make you avoid socializing, whether at your workplace or in your personal life. 

The ideal solution for all these is cosmetic facial surgery by an experienced maxillofacial surgeon. Cosmetic facial surgeries are scientific and safe procedures that help correct your jaw or nose, enhancing your facial profile. In addition to improving your looks, these surgeries improve functions like chewing and rectify issues like snoring or mouth breathing.

3 Common Types of Cosmetic Facial Surgery And Benefits

With the advances in cosmetic procedures in the last decade, people have become more open to choosing surgical options to improve their youthful appearance and reduce the progression of the ageing process. Many talented and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform various cosmetic surgical procedures using minimally invasive techniques.  

Let us examine the common cosmetic facial surgery procedures and their advantages:

Jaw correction surgery


Jaw correction surgery

 

This is needed under conditions like 

  1. Forwardly placed jaws: Also known as bimaxillary protrusion, this condition can result in mouth breathing, a convex facial profile, difficulty in closing lips, and a gummy smile.  
  2. Backwardly-placed lower jaws: This condition is also called retrognathic mandible. It can lead to short, lower facial height and snoring, give you a convex facial profile, and make you look older than your age.
  3. Backwardly-placed Upper jaw: This is also called retrognathic maxilla, which can make your lower jaw look bigger and cause problems in biting and closing your lips.
  4. Large lower jaw:  It is also known as prognathic mandible, which makes pronouncing certain letters or biting difficult.

Benefits of Jaw Correction Surgery

  • Improves your facial profile by realigning the position of your jaw, giving it a more aesthetic appearance. 
  • Adjusts your bite by ensuring proper alignment between your upper and lower teeth.
  • Reduces your TMJ pain by ensuring your jaw is in a properly aligned position.
  • Resolves breathing issues like sleep apnea and mouth breathing by repositioning the jaw and optimizing the airway passage.

Rhinoplasty (nasal reconstruction)

This cosmetic nasal surgery improves the appearance of your nose. It involves contouring and reshaping the nose to give it a desirable appearance that complements your other facial features. 

Rhinoplasty may be done for:

  1. Improving the overall appearance by changing the shape of the nose
  2. Correcting a birth defect
  3. Repairing a fractured nose
  4. Restoring breathing function after a traumatic injury
  5. Opening blocked nasal passages

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

  • Corrects a deviated septum or blocked nasal passage

Image: Shows a deviated nasal septum

  • Makes a nose bigger or smaller for facial balance
  • Corrects a hooked or upturned nose 

Botox Injections

It is a meticulously performed procedure where a prescription drug is precisely inserted into the targeted area of a patient’s face to reduce wrinkles.

The procedure may be done for these reasons: 

  1. To treat TMJ disorder
  2. To decrease facial pain

Benefits of Botox injections

  • Makes you look younger than your age
  • Used as volumizers to make the lips fuller

Common Risks Associated With Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Cosmetic facial surgery is safe and effective when performed by a trusted and experienced maxillofacial surgeon. However, some information about the risks associated with the procedure is essential.

Risks associated with:

  • Jaw correction
    • Infection at the site
    • Bleeding
    • Nerve injury
  • Rhinoplasty
    • Bleeding
    • Infection 
    • Persistent swelling 
  • Botox injections:
    • Pain, swelling, or bruising at the botox injection site 
    • Crooked smile
    • Infection at the injected site 

Precautions To Take After Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Your maxillofacial surgeon will provide you with guidelines on after-surgery care to help you avoid potential complications. Following them can ensure a safe recovery with zero side effects.

After a Botox injection:

  • Never rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours 
  • Avoid lying down for around 2 to 4 hours after the injection

After Rhinoplasty:

  • Don’t do intense physical activities like jogging or aerobics
  • Avoid blowing your nose
  • Don’t cough or sneeze with your mouth open
  • Avoid laughing, smiling, and making other facial expressions that involve the nose

After Jaw correction:

  • Maintain proper fluid intake 
  • Brush with a soft, small toothbrush
  • Have a pureed or liquid diet for 2 to 4 weeks  
  • Avoid caffeine products for a few weeks to prevent dehydration
  • Don’t drink alcohol as  it can make you feel nauseated

Conclusion

Cosmetic facial surgery done after a proper evaluation by a maxillofacial surgeon is effective and has a high success rate. 

At Gnathos Facial, our expert maxillofacial surgeons will assess your medical history, present condition, and goals and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. We inform the patient about all the precautions, risks, and other irrelevant information related to the surgery and do our best to remove all apprehensions before the procedure. 

Through meticulous planning and advanced equipment, we ensure that there are no scars on the neck or face following jaw correction surgery. The post-operative guidelines we provide ensure a smooth and quick recovery without complications.

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