This surgery is performed under general anesthesia, incisions are made inside the mouth to gain access to the jaw. Although incisions on the skin are rare for this type of surgery, a small incision can be made in the neck crease or by your ear in order to have better access. They are cosmetically hidden and typically heal very well.
Your unique surgical plan will depend on the specific corrections needed. In general, the jaw bone is cut and repositioned, and small plates and screws will be used to secure them in their new positions. The hardware used during surgery is typically not removed and will remain in place unless they bother you or cause an infection. Corrective jaw surgery can address things like an open bite, a protruding lower jaw, or a receding lower jaw. During your consultation for orthognathic surgery Bellevue facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ort will explain how each of these options has specific techniques. You may need to stay overnight in the hospital after surgery, after which you can return home.