What is an Asymmetric Jawline?
An Asymmetric Jawline is the name given when a persons face is noticeably asymmetrical around the jawline Facial asymmetry occurs when the left side of the face does not match the right. The most common reason for this is when the 2 sides of the face have different developmental patterns. In most cases this is see in people who have craniofacial birth problems such as a cleft palate. Nearly everybody has very slight asymmetry to their face but when the difference is more obvious, problems start to occur. An asymmetric jawline is usually caused by small irregularities between the left and right side of the jaw towards the back of the jaw, nearer the ear. These differences can lead to a visible difference between the two side of the jaw when seen from the front. Other problems that an asymmetric jawline can cause include problems eating, talking and facial pain.
How Can it be Treated?
In severe cases treatment is to move the whole jaw into a better position, where the teeth are together with no over or underbite and the jaw looks better placed. This is only used in severe cases and the more common treatment is the correct the problem by inserting implants which will correct the problem. For example some patients have a square jaw on one side and a long jaw on the other. Implants would be inserted into the long side to even up the face and create a symmetrical, square jawline.
How much does it Cost?
Treatment costs can vary depending on the area in which you live, which hospital you use and the complexity of the procedure. The average cost for this procedure is around £4000 which will include both the surgery and aftercare costs.
As with any surgery there are certain risks involved. In most cases the benefits will outweigh the risks involved. Risk include;
Nerve damage - If the nerves in the jaw are damaged this could lead to numbness or paralysis to the chin, tongue or jaw.
Haemorrhage or bleeding - There are a lot of blood vessels in the jaw area and damage to these could make the area bleed profusely.
Problems with teeth - If the work is near to the teeth, the root canals can be damaged meaning they will need to be repaired at a later date.
Jaw split - In very unusual cases, the jaw can split during the surgery.