Complete symmetry is an unattainable ideal in nature. With that said, improvements in symmetry can be helpful to enhancing beauty. Those dealing with facial asymmetry can have dramatic life consequences in terms of both functionality (like chewing) and aesthetics. Regardless of which area is more applicable, facial asymmetry surgery is a complex procedure performed by Dr. ChiChi Berhane that can help realign your life.
The surgery often involves reshaping the face by realignment and manipulation of the jaw. The extent and nature of the correction depends on the degree to which the asymmetry is present. Facial contouring alters the shape and placement of the jaw, transforming the overall facial structure. Therefore, the surgery should be planned with consideration to the overall facial image after the surgery and the visual effect of the positions of the eyes and the nose.
Potential candidates for facial asymmetry surgery are those with facial imbalances such as a misaligned jaw. This can result from an underdeveloped jaw on one particular side, or from having a lower jaw that is set either too far forward or back. Most patients who require this surgery have trouble chewing and are not satisfied with their profile or overall look. Extreme cases can even make it difficult to pronounce certain words or speak with clarity.
In preparation for the procedure, medical screenings and facial x-rays are common. These preparatory steps tend to occur approximately one week before the surgery and help to map out the procedure results in detail. Dr. Berhane studies your jaw to learn how the imbalance affects your bite. The surgeon also determines how the bones may be repositioned to improve the function of your jaw.
Patients are advised to refrain from eating the day after surgery. And for the next week after that, their diet is limited to soft items like rice pudding, juice, milk, Jell-o, and other drinkable liquid foods. Nearly all normal food consumption is possible two weeks after the surgery. However, please cut foods into small pieces before eating and avoid eating hard food for four weeks after the surgery.
The procedure requires the patient to have their jaw wired shut while it sets into the newly adjusted position. We may suggest wearing a compression belt around the face for three to four days after the surgery.
Avoid putting your head down or sleeping in a way that causes excess blood to rush to the surgery site. Utilizing two to three soft pillows on the head while sleeping should help reduce the pain and aid in the healing process.
To prevent infection and inflammation, it’s important to thoroughly cleanse your mouth after each meal and adhere to all instructions given to you by the doctor. And remember, everyone experiences swelling after surgery; however, the extent of the swelling will vary for individual patients.
Dr. Berhane and his staff will guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Your bones usually grow together and heal naturally within a few months after surgery. Contact us today for a consultation.