Are there alternatives to jawbone reduction?In many patients, the irregular and disproportionate lower portion of the face is not caused solely due to their jawbone. The real issue lies in the jaw muscle being very big. In order to correct this condition, some surgeons use Botox injections. Botox or Botulinum toxin is a medicine that’s usually injected into wrinkles and the face. However, in most patients, this toxin works effectively to reduce the size of their jaw area, as well.
Once the toxin is injected, it causes the muscle to get paralyzed. In the same manner, multiple shots into the muscle cause it to become paralyzed for up to six months. As a result, the size of the jaw line will be reduced significantly.
The Botox shot as an alternative to jawbone reduction surgery is highly suitable for patients who don’t prefer a surgery, or those who want to undergo a procedure that’s not as invasive as a jawbone reduction. Furthermore, the Botox method of treatment is completely an outpatient procedure where patients can receive their shots and return to work the same day.
The only downside to the Botox alternative is that patients need to have injections every six months for the rest of their lives in order to retain their aesthetic appearance. Hence, as time passes, the cost of continually undergoing Botox shots will be much higher than a jawbone reduction surgery.
Complications from a Jawbone Reduction
As with any other surgery, patients can experience common complications like bleeding following a jawbone reduction surgery. Even though it is not common, safe yet excess amounts of bleeding can happen since the surgery involves the removing of the jaw muscle. However, to prevent such bleeding, surgeons take necessary surgical action to clot all of the bleeders prior to completing the surgery.
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The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
I was invovled in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and profesionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anestigeologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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