Corrective Jaw Surgery

When the bones of the face and jaw are out of alignment the profile of the chin may need to be corrected. Surgery to change position of the chin is called a genioplasty.

What does the treatment involve?

The surgery takes place under a general anaesthetic, which puts you to sleep completely. It is performed from the inside of the mouth so there will be no visible scars. Most patients only need to stay in hospital overnight.

How will I feel after surgery?

You’re likely to experience some discomfort and bruising in the first few days, which will fade over the next two weeks. There will also be some swelling, which may take longer to disappear completely. Cold compresses and sleeping upright for the first few days after surgery can help the healing process.

Stitches usually dissolve completely in a couple of weeks.

It’s important that the area heals without any infection so you’ll be given antibiotics through a vein in your arm while you’re in hospital and then a course of antibiotics along with painkillers to take at home.

You shouldn’t have a problem with eating, though you may prefer a soft diet for a few days after surgery.

Will I need to take any time off work?

We recommend that you take a week off work and avoiding strenuous exercise during this time. It’s important that you don’t drive or operate machinery for 48 hours after a general anaesthetic.

Will I need another appointment?

Your surgeon will arrange a review appointment before you leave hospital.

Your surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure and possible outcomes before arranging for you to have surgery. You will also leave hospital with everything you need for further care. If you have any questions or concerns before or after your surgery, please contact the Oral Surgery Implant Group.