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Cosmetic Procedures

Do you have a short or an excessive chin? Do you wish you had stronger cheek bones? Do you have a gummy smile or a disproportionate face and you are just not happy with the way you look?

Dr. Kazemi is an expert surgeon in several cosmetic-related procedures including chin and cheek augmentation and corrective jaw surgery.

Chin Augmentation or Reduction

The chin may be augmented or reduced to improve facial profile, symmetry, and aesthetics. It is often performed at the same time as corrective jaw surgery but it may be done as an isolated cosmetic procedure. There are two techniques for augmentation:

Cheek Bone (Malar) Augmentation

Patients with a flat cheek bone appearance may augment it using cheek implants. These implants are pre-formed and available in several sizes.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

If your teeth do not fit well together, you have a disproportional face, gummy smile, an under- or over-bite, or a jaw size that is too big or too small, you probably have problems with your jaw. Corrective jaw surgery can help you get a better smile, a more aligned bite, and improved facial harmony.

Anesthesia

The best way to manage anxiety and make sure you have the best possible experience is to opt for IV sedation. It is the recommended method and preferred by many patients.

Recovery

Most patients return to work, school, or other normal activities two to three days after surgery.  There is no problem with traveling or flying the following day, although it’s best to rest for a day or two. Of course there are always variations in overall response and recovery.

Pain: Most patients experience three to four days of discomfort, commonly managed with pain medications such as Vicodin or Percocet. As pain gradually diminishes, ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used. After seven to 10 days, most patients no longer have pain and may stop their medications.

Swelling: Any swelling related to surgery will maximize in 36 to 48 hours following procedure, and gradually taper over the next five to seven days. Ice helps to reduce swelling in the first 24 hours.

Diet: Upon arrival home, patients may have water, juices, soups, shakes, purees, and very soft foods. For any cosmetic procedure that requires an incision in the mouth, a soft diet is recommended for up to five to seven days. No hard, crispy, or spicy foods should be eaten during this period.  After seven days, patients may gradually return to normal food.

Activity: Get plenty of rest on the day of surgery. Some patients may feel well enough the following day to walk and go out. That’s alright, but take it easy. Avoid strenuous activities for the first two to three days. Refrain from sports, lifting, or doing anything that requires exertion. After three days, if patients feel more comfortable, they can walk, go for a  gentle swim, or do very low-impact exercise, such as swimming or walking.  Mild activities may cause some pain but not enough to disturb the surgery site or open the sutures.

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