What is V-Line Surgery?

What is V-Line Surgery?


Beyond smooth and radiant skin, an attractive and proportionate face shape is one of the most highly sought-after features. It’s easy to see why — your face shape determines what hairstyles flatter you most, what glasses suit you best, what makeup techniques enhance your natural beauty and more. 

Facial bone contouring is one of the most impactful forms of aesthetic surgery because it changes the foundational structure of the face. By altering the underlying hard skeleton, these procedures can dramatically change a patient’s face shape and facial features in ways soft tissue manipulation alone cannot achieve. The results are significant yet natural. 

V-line facial contouring surgery has seen a surge in popularity in Asian countries and amongst Asian patients worldwide. If you are curious about this procedure, you may find answers to your questions below. Please contact the specialist plastic surgeons at Asian Plastic Surgery with any additional questions or to book a consultation.

What Is the Most Attractive Face Shape?

This is a complex question with a similarly complex answer. Our understanding of who and what is beautiful may seem innate, but there are multiple factors at work. Various studies have tried to determine an ideal face shape based on mathematical principles and proportions, such as the ‘golden ratio’. Other research has explored the social influences behind attractiveness, suggesting that beauty standards are learned through exposure to culturally presented ideals.

We may never arrive at a definitive scientific conclusion, but through observation it is clear that there are cultural variations in what is considered beautiful. In Western countries, strong bone structure, including a defined jawline, is often prized. In many Asian countries, a slimmer, softer face shape with a less angular jawline is preferred.

There is no single standard of beauty that applies across all cultures. This is one of many reasons why a one-size-fits-all approach to aesthetic surgery seldom delivers satisfying results. At Asian Plastic Surgery, everything we do is designed with the Asian population in mind. Our patients can be assured their procedures will cater to their physical characteristics and cultural identity, ensuring the most favourable outcome possible.

What Is V-Line Surgery?

V-line surgery combines chin surgery and jaw surgery to achieve a more slender and feminine lower face shape. To refine a patient’s appearance with V-line surgery, the bone is filed down and a portion of bone is removed. Adjustments are made through incisions located inside the mouth, so there are no external scars. This procedure can significantly reshape the face from square to oval by reducing jaw width and creating a sharper, better-defined chin profile.

What Can V-Line Surgery Accomplish?

V-line surgery encompasses the three critical elements that shape the lower face: the chin, the jaw (mandible) bone and the angles of the jaw. It may be an ideal procedure if you are looking to:

  • Reduce the width of a broad jaw
  • Soften an overly square, angular or protruding jaw
  • Refine a large, masculine chin 
  • Augment a short or weak chin
  • Correct asymmetries
  • Sculpt a sharper, better defined lower face profile
  • Create a more sleek and elegant face shape

What Is Mini V-Line Surgery? 

Mini V-line surgery may be applicable in some cases where only the front part of the jaw needs to be slimmed down to achieve harmony. Full V-line surgery involves reshaping the chin and mandible to bring a more delicate look to the lower part of the face. Mini V-line surgery is suitable for someone who already has a small, smooth jawline and only needs to alter the chin to create a more balanced and feminine face shape. This is less extensive and invasive than full V-line surgery, which helps to minimise downtime, discomfort and the risks associated with the surgery.

Will V-Line Surgery Affect Function?

V-line surgery is a cosmetic procedure. It is not intended to affect your ability to chew, swallow or speak. You may experience some discomfort and limitations during the recovery period, but this is normal and improves over time. Our specialist plastic surgeons use 3D printing and computer-assisted design to plan the surgery and improve the accuracy of the outcome, reducing the risk of complications.

Is V-Line Surgery Dangerous?

There is a degree of risk involved with any surgical procedure. Bone recontouring surgery is technically demanding, and you must weigh the risks against the rewards before deciding to proceed. Swelling and bruising are expected after the operation and can take months to resolve. Less often, V-line surgery can result in infection or nerve damage. In competent hands, the risk of complications is reduced significantly and V-line surgery can see impressive results. 

Does Shaved Bone Grow Back?

Bones can repair themselves to some extent, but they cannot regenerate or replace themselves fully. The results of V-line surgery are permanent unless you undergo another procedure.

Can You Change Your Face Shape Without Surgery?

Not all patients with a broad lower face need V-line surgery to address their concerns. In some cases, the wide jaw is due to enlarged masseter muscles on the sides of the face. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used in the masseters to relax the muscles and create a slimmer, softer face shape. The effects of this procedure usually last three to four months before treatment must be repeated.

Dermal fillers can also be an alternative to surgical bone contouring. Fillers can be used to enhance the size and shape of the chin or give the illusion of a slimmer jaw. Nonsurgical jawline contouring is a relatively quick and comfortable procedure that is tailored to each patient’s specific goals. Results can last anywhere from six to 24 months, depending on which filler is used.

What Procedures Complement V-Line Surgery?

Changing one feature of your face can alter your entire facial aesthetic, and many features function in harmony with each other. For example, changing the size and shape of the jaw can also change the perceived appearance of the nose or cheekbones. For this reason, plastic surgeons often perform facial contouring surgeries together for comprehensive and balanced results. If you are considering V-line surgery, you may also want to ask your surgeon whether rhinoplasty, cheekbone reduction, cheekbone augmentation or facial implants could help you meet your cosmetic goals.

For V-Line Surgery in Sydney, See the Asian Plastic Surgery Specialists

You don’t have to travel to Asia for V-line surgery, but you do need to choose your surgeon wisely. Your plastic surgeon should demonstrate mastery of the techniques as well as an understanding of the characteristics of Asian anatomy and Asian aesthetic preferences. Here at Asian Plastic Surgery, our Australian-trained, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeons specialise in aesthetic surgery for Asian patients. They marry the best of Western and Eastern surgical techniques to enhance your appearance while preserving your cultural identity.

If you feel your chin and jawline are overly prominent or masculine and detract from your appearance, we invite you to request more information about V-line surgery in Sydney. Please fill out our enquiry form to schedule a consultation.

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