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Transform or restore desirable contours with effective face reduction treatments in New York, NY

Face Reduction in New York NY

Many plastic and cosmetic surgery offices in NYC focus on offering services to augment or plump up the face. As a Board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in working with Asian patients, Dr. Edmund Kwan understands there are many men and women who desire the opposite of those conventional services that may be available at other surgical centers. Whereas some cultures value high and prominent cheekbones, others place immense value and find great beauty in smaller, more delicate features (including the cheeks). The latter type of patient generally doesn’t desire dermal fillers to add more prominence to the cheeks. Likewise, these patients may not have a need for procedures to “fill in” areas of the face; instead, they may have the opposite goal. They may desire face reduction in New York, which can come in many different forms, depending on the need and areas for improvement.

Face reduction at Edmund Kwan, MD isn’t limited to the cheek area. The lower third of your face can also overwhelm and detract from beautiful eyes or other, softer features. A prominent or angular jawline may give your face a square shape. You may desire a more oval shape, which better complements smaller features and is generally associated with a more feminine appearance. Facial shape is a fundamental part of our appearance and provides a “blank canvas” for the rest of our features. It can be disconcerting when that shape doesn’t exist in harmony with the rest of the face or doesn’t represent how you see yourself and the image you’d like to convey to others.

After consulting with you, examining areas of your face (both visually and with imaging), Dr. Kwan will determine how to get the facial shape and overall appearance that you desire. The mid-face or cheek area may be “downsized” by:

  • Accessing the treatment site through intraoral incisions in the mouth
  • Repositioning the bone to be treated in the “trouble area” until the desired level of correction is achieved
  • Allowing the repositioned bone to settle on its own as part of the body’s natural healing process
  • Alternately, burring or filing down the widest part of the face, reducing facial size and minimizing the appearance of sharp contours and angles

Conservative techniques and approaches to more invasive surgical procedures are generally better-tolerated by the patient, are comparatively lower risk, and are associated with faster, more predictable healing. In the case of cheekbone reduction, repositioning and allowing bone to heal and settle avoids the need for “conventional” plates and wires. These techniques are also highly customizable, as the amount of reduction and reshaping depends on the size of your cheekbones and your personal preferences and goals for facial transformation.

Effective face reduction treatment in New York

If the source of your distress is your jawline, Dr. Kwan’s skills and the results of a thorough evaluation may result in him recommending either bone or muscular reduction, or a combination of both approaches. During your evaluation, it may become apparent that the cause of a bulky lower face resides not with oversized bones but rather with overworked muscles. A portion of muscle will either be precisely removed, or Dr. Kwan may recommend Botox as an alternative to surgical reduction. The same injectable treatment used to soften crow’s feet and erase frown lines may be used to relax the masseter muscles in your jaw. When these muscles are put in a chronic state of stress, due to habits like night-time teeth-grinding, they bulk up. The effect over time is a prominent, strong jaw that may result in a change in the shape of your face that alters your overall appearance. Botox is a temporary answer to attaining or restoring your desired look, but it is no less effective. In Dr. Kwan’s skilled hands, all of our procedures are safe and don’t affect healthy function; however, nonsurgical procedures like Botox are generally attractive (for the suitable patient) as they don’t require preparation, nor make demands on your time and body for recovery. Botox injections can be completed in a single session, with no downtime and little to no side effects other than mild and fleeting redness, bruising, and tenderness.

There are many variables to consider when determining the best approach for face reduction, as the term means so many different things and can vary considerably from patient to patient. Contact Edmund Kwan, MD to schedule your complimentary consultation in Manhattan, Flushing, or New Jersey.


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    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!! :)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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