Orthognathic surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a hospital. In most cases, this is an inpatient procedure.
During the surgery, Dr Zoud will incise and move your jaw as necessary. For example, a large jaw can be reduced in size, or a small jaw can be lengthened. Most incisions can be made inside the mouth to minimise external scarring. If external incisions are necessary, special care is taken to ensure that they are placed within the natural creases of the face.
After repositioning the jaw bones and/or the chin, Dr Zoud may use bands, wires, plates, and screws to hold the bones in place. Made of biocompatible materials, the screws fuse with the natural bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. Bone grafts may also be placed to improve tissue strength and density. In some cases, Dr Zoud may reshape the existing bone.