Orthognathic Specialist

Advanced Facial Surgery

Manolis Manolakakis, DMD, FACS

Facial Cosmetic Surgeon located in Shrewsbury, NJ & New York City, NY

Your jaw is a major part of your face. Its alignment affects your appearance, your ability to chew, and your ability to speak. At Advanced Facial Surgery in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, and Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City, dual board-certified and fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon, Manolis Manolakakis, DMD, FACS, can reconstruct and realign your jaw to ease your symptoms and improve your appearance. To explore orthognathic surgery, call Advanced Facial Surgery, or book an appointment online today.

Orthognathic Q & A

What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is a type of facial surgery that Dr. Manolakakis at Advanced Facial Surgery performs to reconstruct your jaw. The surgery can reshape your jaw to correct deformities that impair you or for cosmetic purposes. 

One of the main purposes of orthognathic surgery is to expand your airways and improve your breathing. Dr. Manolakakis may work closely with your dentist, orthodontist, or other providers to design and personalize your orthognathic surgery. He details your surgical method to you before your jaw reconstruction surgery so you have a full understanding of what will happen while you’re under anesthesia. 

How can orthognathic surgery help with sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common condition affecting the sleep of an estimated 22 million Americans. Obstructive sleep apnea is a type of the condition that impairs your breathing because of the way your throat tissues close your airway when you relax. It causes labored breathing, snoring, high blood pressure, and daytime drowsiness. 

Orthognathic surgeries for sleep apnea can correct these issues by repositioning your jaw to open your airways. They include:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty - reducing your soft palate
  • Hyoid suspension - moving the hyoid bone
  • Genioglossus advancement - tightening your tongue to keep it from falling back
  • Maxillomandibular advancement - moving your upper and lower jaw forward

Dr. Manolakakis can tell you which procedure can best treat your sleep apnea.

What else can orthognathic surgery treat?

Having a misaligned jaw due to a birth defect or a past injury can result in numerous difficulties that affect your day-to-day life. Even if you can work past your jaw misalignment while eating and speaking, you might not like the way it looks, which makes jaw reconstruction a popular choice. Orthognathic surgery can treat the following.

  • Protruding lower jaw
  • Receding lower jaw
  • Trouble chewing or biting down
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or headaches
  • Inability to make your lips touch
  • Asymmetrical face shape
  • Chronic mouth breathing

If you’re concerned about the shape or appearance of your face, Dr. Manolakakis can help you decide whether or not orthognathic surgery can settle your concerns. He might recommend other procedures, like a facelift, to restore a sense of balance to your face. 

How should I prepare for orthognathic surgery?

Preparing for orthognathic surgery requires adjustments to your regular routine. Depending on the changes Dr. Manolakakis plans to make to your jaw, you might need to start preparation several months to a year before the date of your surgery. 

You might need to use orthodontic appliances like braces to move your teeth into the best possible position for surgery. Additionally, you might require one or more extractions to make more room in your mouth.

Furthermore, you might need to prepare for surgery by changing your diet. This depends on your specific surgery type and needs. Dr. Manolakakis might refer you to a nutritionist to help you focus on softer, easy-to-chew healthy foods before your surgery. 

To find out how orthognathic surgery can improve your quality of life and your appearance, call Advanced Facial Surgery or book an appointment online today.