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New York NY patients enjoy many options for face contouring treatment to balance beautiful features

Dr. Edmund Kwan helps patients love the look of their cheeks, jaws, and foreheads

Contouring and highlighting with makeup helps to enhance those features you love, while minimizing other areas, for a more attractive, symmetrical and sculpted appearance. Face contouring treatment in New York NY at the office of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edmund Kwan provides lasting results – no maintenance required!

What is facial contouring?

There is not any single treatment to achieve the face shape and features you’ve always wanted.

  • Instead, contouring spans an entire category of procedures, and they are selected only after closely examining your face and consulting with you about your goals and preferences.
  • Treatment plans are based off of your unique facial anatomy and features.
  • Generally, our many Asian patients delicate, feminine facial shape. To achieve softer facial contours, the skeletal structure can be manipulated safely and predictably, because the shape and size of the facial skeleton is a big reason your face appears as it does.

Reduction malarplasty may minimize the appearance of the mid-face or cheeks, while mandibular angleplasty or angle reduction surgery, involves the lower third of the face – or jaw – transforming a square-shaped face into a more delicate and feminine appearance, generally featuring less hard angles and more softer curves.

Why diverse experience matters

Dr. Kwan has around two decades of experience treating many different types of patients. While every patient is treated as the unique individual that he or she is, patients of Asian descent generally tend to have wider, shorter faces. Caucasian patients tend to have longer and narrower faces. Ultimately, the goals each of these two groups have differ; the latter group may seek to add volume to the very areas that the former group wishes to minimize.

It’s important to choose a plastic surgeon who is comfortable working with different groups and who, in turn, has experience with the necessary procedures and techniques to help patients achieve their goals for enhancement. It’s also important to retain each patient’s ethnic identity – to not lose his or her essence.

Facial analysis helps to recognize imbalances and pinpoint areas those areas that require either reduction or augmentation. The latest technologies and diagnostics, combined with Dr. Kwan’s extensive visual and medical examination, provides insight into the underlying skeleton that is used to determine, in part, the amount of bone that must be resected or cut and repositioned.

Wide face?

A malar or cheek reduction may involve accessing the bone through small incisions. This can be done so noninvasively and gently that prosthetics such as wires aren’t needed to support the repositioned bone. Hard tissues settle naturally during the healing process. For more modest improvement, burring or shaving down the bone can be accomplished through even smaller incisions made in the mouth.

Bulky jawline?

There are also many options available at Dr. Kwan’s office to reshape the lower portion of the face. These options have a tremendous transformative effect on your overall facial appearance and shape. To balance or minimize a “squared-off” face, surgical techniques will be recommended based off of the anatomic structure and considerations such as the amount of correction required.

It’s also important to get to the source or root of the bulky lower jaw. In some cases, the skeletal structure isn’t “to blame.” Features may be softened non-surgically by relaxing the overworked masseter muscles with Botox, the same product used to soften expression lines like crow’s feet. These thick, rectangular muscles can become “hypertrophic” due to overuse habits like teeth-grinding and -clenching. Just as bone may be removed, so can muscle. In the hands of a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, function isn’t affected because the surgical technique is so precise.

Forehead frustration?

Dr. Kwan has around two decades of experience treating many different types of patients.

A perhaps overlooked area for contouring involves the forehead, which may be shaped to your goals and needs for treatment. Many of our Asian patients want to achieve a more curved or “feminine” forehead shape. Contouring corrects a flat or depressed forehead to achieve balance and harmony among other areas of the face or features. The treatment requires minimal healing time, is well-tolerated by our patients, and may involve using a pliable and biocompatible bone cement to improve the area.

The whole face must be regarded as a single unit. Edmund Kwan MD accounts for all areas of the face when recommending the best procedures or techniques for contouring and improvement. Consider how a reduction of the cheeks or mid-face area alone can cause an imbalance of the facial shape among those with a square-shaped face – making the remaining jaw angles look even more prominent. Dr. Kwan combines extensive technical expertise with artistry to soften angles and achieve your uniquely beautiful look, and that may involve combining a couple of procedures, such as reduction of both the cheeks and jaws. Schedule your consultation at the Manhattan, Flushing, or New Jersey office.


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  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - reviews by Tina R
    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Mascha N
    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Rocky P
    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Glenn C
    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews T. Cannon
    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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