Ramal / Jawline Augmentation
The lower jaw can be smaller than the upper jaw primarily due to hereditary factors. The smaller jaw is often recognized based upon the overbite which is apparent. However, the lack of proper jaw growth is a 3 dimensional issue.
It is very important to realize that the jaw growth often results in a more narrow jawline as well, when seen from the front of the patient. This leads to an appearance where the back part of the jawline (towards the ear) is not well defined. In many cases, the younger patient can also look like they have more fullness in the cheeks due to this type of imbalance. The back of the lower jaw is called the ramus or ‘angle’ of the jaw.
The shape of the face is actually defined by the angle of the jaw, since an ‘oval face’ or a ’round face’ or a ‘square face’ actually references the ramus. People with ‘long faces’ have a lack of prominence of the ramus due to the growth features of the lower jaw.
Fashion models, actors etc almost always have well defined ramal areas. It is possible to augment the back of the jaw to achieve an excellent balance in this area. This procedure can be performed as an isolated treatment or it is easily coordinated with the jaw surgery for your bite; and performed at the same time so that there is no added recovery time. Dr. Wittenberg can describe this procedure to you in detail and use the Computer Imager to illustrate the potential changes for you.
The jawline is one of the most critical and yet overlooked facial feature. A defined and correctly balanced jawline is immediately recognized esthetically as part of the attractive and naturally looking face.
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