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Section: Asian Jaw Reduction

Age-Related Bone Loss in the Mandible

Studies using CT scanning on the lower jaw have confirmed long-held clinical impressions that a significant amount of bone mass in the mandible is typically lost in the course of normal aging.

aging bone loss mandible

The mandible of an older person becomes greatly reduced in size, a gradual but progressive change that is further aggravated by loss of any teeth. It is common for the ramus and angle of the jawbone to become thinner and course noticeably more oblique in direction.

Since cosmetic jaw reduction is a relatively modern operation, there are no long-term follow-up studies on young patients who have undergone surgical mandibular reduction for only mild jaw prominence.

Especially if performed aggressively to achieve an exaggerated egg-shaped lower face, further natural bone loss with aging could compound the result leading to objectionable lower face deformity well before old age.

Jaw reduction is now commonly performed in some Asian countries with little concern for this or similar unknown later consequences. Western surgeons tend to be more conservative and emphasize non-surgical approaches in all but extreme cases


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Natural Bone Loss in the Mandible
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Asian Non-Surgical Jaw Reduction
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Botox and Asian Jawbone Reduction
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