Jaw Reduction Surgery

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2022 Aug;55(4):859-870. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2022.04.006. Epub 2022 Jun 23.


Facial feminization surgery (FFS) combines a series of facial bone and soft tissue surgeries to feminize the masculine appearance of the face in a transgender female patient. Jaw reduction surgery is an extremely critical component of FFS and is generally performed in combination with genioplasty. Our technique of jaw reduction involves sagittal resection of the mandible from the angle of the jaw to the mental nerve region. This creates a smooth transition from the ramus to the chin and also retains the integrity of the inner portion of the mandible. We discuss our techniques of jaw reduction surgery in this article.

Keywords: Facial feminization surgery; Genioplasty; Jaw reduction surgery; Transgender patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chin / surgery
  • Female
  • Genioplasty / methods
  • Humans
  • Mandible / surgery
  • Orthognathic Surgical Procedures*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures* / methods