V-Line Surgery – Everything You Need To Know

Benefits, procedure, cost, and risks - learn all aspects of V-line surgery before getting it.

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If you have a jaw that you feel is not going down well with the rest of your facial features, here is some good news for you. V-line jaw surgery can do the trick for you. It helps you get a sleek and well-defined jawline that greatly enhances your look. But what is this procedure all about? Is it really effective? Let us find out without further ado!

What Is V-Line Jaw Surgery? 

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V-line jaw surgery aims at facial contouring by slimming down the lower jaw to create a more streamlined profile. It mainly encompasses three critical elements to shape the lower face, including the mandible bone, angles of the jaw, and the chin.

The term V-line surgery was coined initially by South Asian surgeons who had referred to this procedure as Asian V-line.

Are you wondering why you should opt for this particular surgery for your jaw? Let’s find out!

Why Choose V-Line Jaw Surgery?

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A V-line jaw surgery is a mandibular reduction surgery that is usually sought by those with a short chin or a broad jaw. Such instances may make an individual’s lower face appear too wide. V-line jaw surgery can help in providing such clients with a softer and slender profile.

This cosmetic orthognathic surgery is suitable for people, especially women, with the following characteristics.

Who Can Undergo V-Line Surgery?

Doctor checking a woman's jaw before V-line surgery.
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Individuals who are often recommended a V-line or jaw reduction plastic surgery are those with:

There are different methods of carrying out V-line surgery for varying requirements of the clients. They are as follows.

Surgery Methods

The four main methods of carrying out V-line jaw surgery are:

  • T-shaped Osteotomy

This method involves horizontal cutting, followed by a vertical cutting, making a “T” shape for narrowing the chin (1).

  • Inverted “V” Shape Osteotomy

It is the most advanced method for V-line surgery that can help in reducing the width and height of the chin by making an inverted cut without any additional procedures (2).

  • Horizontal Osteotomy

This is a conventional chin-reduction method usually performed on chins that are too long. The chin is cut horizontally to create an appealing V-line.

  • L-shape Shift Method

The L-shape shift is best for reducing a protruding or long chin. The affected part of the chin bone is cut horizontally and fixed. The excess bones are then usually trimmed and fixed below the chin.

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Stick to a liquid diet for at least 8-10 weeks after V-line surgery to speed up recovery.

V-line surgery comes with its set of risks and benefits.

Benefits And Risks

Doctor marks the jaw before V-line surgery.
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V-line jaw surgery is a cosmetic procedure that intends to make one’s face appear slimmer and more attractive, improving a person’s facial aesthetics. It may also help improve facial symmetry. Some of its main benefits include:

  • Reduction of the width and length of a broad jaw
  • Shaping of a square or short chin to give a defined appearance
  • Overall contouring of the mandible by intensive treatment of the chin
  • Correction of an asymmetrical or prominent chin

In general, the surgery shows satisfactory results. According to the data available in the National Quality Registries (NQRs) on orthognathic surgery in Sweden, 750–800 orthognathic surgical procedures are performed every year at 21 different hospitals. It was further estimated that 95% of the 862 patients that underwent the surgery rated it satisfactory at 6–24 months post-operation.

This surgery also has risks involved. They are (3):

  • Loss of blood
  • Infection
  • Fracture in the jaw
  • Nerve injury
  • Relapse of the jaw to the initial position
  • Pain in the jaw joint
  • Need for further surgical intervention in some cases
  • Problems with bite fit
  • Difficulty in eating

For better results, V-line jaw surgery is often recommended with other procedures.

What Other Procedures Work Well With V-Line Jaw Surgery?

Some of the other procedures that will go well with V-line surgery are mainly eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and nasal surgery (rhinoplasty). These procedures are often used in combination with each other.

Those who have undergone V-line surgery often achieve remarkable results in their appearance.

What Kind Of Results Can I Expect After V-Line Surgery?

Results of V-line jaw surgery
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You can expect to see the surgery results after 2-6 weeks once the swelling reduces.

Some of the main changes that you may notice post V-line jaw surgery are:
  • A defined and slender jaw
  • Reduction in the width and length of the jaw
  • Contouring of the lower jaw
  • A sharper jaw profile

Qui Qui, a blogger, describes her journey of undergoing V-line surgery, chin augmentation, zygoma reduction, and paranasal implant, for which the process of recovery was very difficult and painful. She states that, “Even I found myself looking scary when I was recovering from the surgeries. But 1 month plus after surgery now, everyday i am feeling more sure about my decision to go with it (i).”

Does this surgery feel like what you have been on the lookout for? Then, it is high time that you start looking into the cost of this procedure to see if it fits into your budget.

Cost Of V-Line Surgery

A standard V-line surgery can cost anywhere between USD 5500-10000 in Korea. However, the cost of similar procedures in the US can be much higher, usually 4-5 times the cost in Korea.

Now that you have a better idea about what V-line surgery really is, you can suggest it to your friends or folks who have been searching for details regarding this procedure.

On a parting note, it is worth remembering that beauty is diverse, and each of us has been created beautifully. While there is nothing wrong in going through surgeries to beautify yourself from the outside, it is completely alright, even impressive, if you are comfortable in your own skin without falling prey to the world’s changing definition of beauty.

Infographic: 4 Methods For V-Line Jaw Surgery

There are four ways of carrying out a V-line jaw surgery. Each differs on the basis of the size, shape, and original appearance of the chin. Contouring your chin becomes a tricky procedure if you go about it uninformed, so it is crucial to take into account these methods that allow you to determine your requirements. Check out the infographic below to know more.

4 methods for vline jaw surgery (infographic)

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The V-line jaw surgery helps improve the facial profile by slimming down the lower jaw. This procedure is suitable for those with a double chin, square jaw, and bloated cheeks. The procedure differs depending on the client’s requirements. Although this cosmetic procedure helps get a sharp jaw profile, it poses a few risks. These include pain in the jaw joint, nerve injury, jaw fracture, infection, and difficulty in eating. Moreover, these procedures cost a bomb in most parts of the world. So, be mindful and weigh these pros and cons before making a decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the v-line jaw last?

While the results of the v- line jaw surgery are permanent, those with a v-line injection can last up to 4-6 months.

Will jaw surgery make my face shorter?

Yes, jaw surgery can make your face look shorter. It reduces the length and size of the entire face and makes it look narrower. There are different types of jaw surgeries. For example, the surgery that is done on the upper jaw is called maxillofacial surgery.

Does jaw surgery always require braces?

Yes, in most cases, jaw surgery may require braces (before the surgery and even during recovery).

Key Takeaways

  • V-line surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves slimming down the lower jaw to get a defined and slender jawline.
  • Individuals with double chin, overly square jawlines, or chubby cheeks can opt for this surgery.
  • The four different methods of getting V-line jaw surgery are T-shaped osteotomy, horizontal osteotomy, inverted V-shape osteotomy, and L-shaped shift method.
  • The side effects associated with V-line surgery include nerve injury, fracture in the jaw, and difficulty in eating.


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  1. Facial Contouring Surgery—Mandibuloplasty: Genioplasty and Mandible Angle Correction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  2. Inverted V-shape Osteotomy with Central Strip Resection: A Simultaneous Narrowing and Vertical Reduction Genioplasty. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  3. Orthognathic Surgery: General Considerations. Seminars in Plastic Surgery, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
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Dr. Priya GillMBBCH, MRCP

Dr. Priya Gill is a consultant dermatologist in Klang, Malaysia, with over 16 years of experience. She specializes in the management of all medical and surgical dermatology issues and has a special interest in laser therapy and phototherapy. She has more than 25 publications in local and international journals to her name. She is passionate about public and patient education...read full bio