Mandibular Implants Overview
Length: 1-2 hours
Side Effects: Tenderness for the first few days and swelling that can persist up to four months
Risks: Anytime a patient has any kind of surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Duration of Results: Permanent for most patients
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
A strong and defined jawline is a beautiful or handsome feature on all men and women. Many procedures in facial plastic surgery help improve the strength and angulation along the jawline. One of these jaw procedures offered at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte is the mandibular implant.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for
unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
Dr. Kulbersh offers two options in jaw implants that allow him to customize treatments to the precise needs and goals of each of his patients. The first is a mandibular angle implant, which comes in a variety of standard shapes and sizes. In most cases, Dr. Kulbersh can select a mandibular angle implant to fit the needs and proportions of his patients to create a natural result. However, some patients are better candidates for a custom mandibular implant, which Dr. Kulbersh also offers to the right candidate.
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A custom mandibular implant is designed to augment and enhance the entire jawline. This device is different from a chin implant, which extends the chin area only. A mandibular implant spans the jawline from ear to ear.
The custom mandibular implant can offer numerous benefits, depending on the specific needs of each patient:
- Augmenting the chin
- Widening the jawline from the frontal view
- Creating more definition in the lower face
- Angulating the entire jawline
- Increase the vertical height of the jaw and chin
During a consultation in our office in Charlotte, Dr. Kulbersh discusses your goals for jawline augmentation. He will also use image morphing technology to create a visual picture of the ideal results with you. This critical information allows Dr. Kulbersh to design the mandibular implant precisely to your needs, proportions, and expectations.
Carolina Facial Plastics will then coordinate a specialized CT scan to visualize your underlying bone structure. Dr. Kulbersh sends this CT scan to Implantech, the company that creates the implant. At Implantech, they create a 3-D model of the patient’s bone structure, using the CT scan as a guide. Dr. Kulbersh will have multiple virtual meetings with the designers at Implantech to custom design the mandibular implant to create the desired results.
Dr. Kulbersh performs jaw implant surgery on an outpatient basis. All the incisions are made inside the mouth, so there is no visible scarring afterward. Through the incisions, Dr. Kulbersh creates a pocket along the jawbone. Multiple sizes and shapes of mandibular implants are placed inside the pocket to identify which implant achieves the intended goals of the patient best. The selected implant is then placed into the pocket and secured to the bone with small screws. It is important to use screws to secure a mandibular implant to prevent movement of the implant over time. After the implant is secured, the incision inside the mouth is closed with multiple absorbable stitches.
The recovery period after a jaw implant surgery takes about one week in most cases. After the surgery, you will have an elastic wrap over the area to help prevent swelling. Patients wear this flexible wrap for one week. While bruising is possible, it is not common.
The jaw will be tender for a few days, but it is not an overly painful procedure. During the recovery time, you will be limited to soft foods and need to use a special mouthwash after eating. After one week, you can resume your normal activities.
Patients will be presentable 1-2 weeks after surgery, but the swelling will continue to resolve during the next 3 to 4 months. After the swelling has subsided, patients will be able to appreciate the final results of mandibular implant surgery in Charlotte.
Dr. Kulbersh opened Fairview Surgical Suites, a single operating surgical theater dedicated to facial aesthetic procedures, and Fairview Recovery Retreat, a cutting-edge recovery facility where patients can relax from their surgery in a stress-free, relaxing environment. This retreat is an option for patients that want to recover in privacy and luxurious comfort. While you are at the retreat, you are under the highest level of care with our expert staff and post-operative specialists.
To schedule a consultation at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte please fill out the online contact form here or call (704) 842-3644 today.
Frequently asked questions
Jaw implants come in a variety of materials. At Carolina Facial Plastics, Dr. Kulbersh only uses implants made of silicone. The silicone is solid and mimics the jawbone. Silicone is an ideal material for jaw implants because it will not be absorbed by the body over time, which is a crucial feature. These implants can also be easily removed at any time in the future if needed, which Dr. Kulbersh believes is an essential quality for an implant.
The jawbone implant is positioned underneath a strong muscle called the masseter. A screw is required to secure the implant to prevent it from moving from a long-term pressure secondary to contraction of the masseter muscle.
During a consultation, Dr. Kulbersh will listen to your concerns and goals regarding your facial features. After understanding those goals, Dr.Kulbersh will analyze your facial balance and proportion. If Dr. Kulbersh determines you have a weak jawline, you might be a candidate for a mandibular implant. As with all facial plastic surgery procedures, patients need to be in good physical and mental health to undergo facial plastic surgery.