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NYC plastic surgeon helps you love your facial contours with face reduction surgery

Face Reduction Surgery NYC

Face reduction surgery in NYC at the office of Edmund Kwan, MD is not any one procedure or technique. The approach Dr. Kwan and his team take to surgery is as unique as you are! Procedures designed to reduce the appearance of the cheeks and jawline maintain or restore beautiful balance among facial features. They may also be combined with augmentation procedures as a “profile surgery.”

The right facial plastic surgeon for your procedure

Dr. Kwan is Board-certified in plastic surgery, a distinction that requires demonstrated knowledge and clinical experience in this specialized discipline. Furthermore, he has around two decades of experience treating Asian patients. The importance of this experience can’t be overstated when exploring facial reduction procedures.

Generally, Western cultures covet and seek augmentation procedures such as dermal fillers to add volume to the cheeks. Many of our Asian patients prefer a soft, subtle look. Furthermore, high cheekbones and well-defined and prominent mandibular or jaw contours are common characteristics among many patients of Asian descent. The beauty of a diminutive nose, delicate chin, or striking eyes may be lost when wide cheeks and a square and sharp jawline overwhelm the appearance of the face.

You have options!

All successful treatments start with accurate diagnostics. A thorough evaluation, including radiography will determine what is responsible for your square facial shape, or bulky profile. Strong bone structure may be the cause, but prominent bones frequently exist with a condition called benign masseteric hypertrophy. Characterized by oversized chewing muscles, this hypertrophy is often a result of overwork. Habits such as jaw-clenching, teeth-grinding, and persistent gum-chewing work the muscles of the lower jaw. It’s also common among Koreans who enjoy lots of chewy squid! The more you use any muscle, the bigger it grows. In this case, masseter muscles may become so enlarged that they alter the shape of the face. A face that appeared more oval can become boxy, and the twinkling eyes or button nose that used to get noticed now take a backseat to a square facial shape.

Patients who require muscular correction may benefit from the removal of a portion of muscle, or from Botox. Not just for crow’s feet and forehead lines, Botox is a non-invasive alternative to surgical intervention for facial reduction.  When injected precisely by Dr. Kwan, the treated muscle can’t contract. A muscle that doesn’t contract can’t produce the action responsible for bulking up the lower part of the face. It should be said that Botox:

  • Is temporary. Results last about six months.
  • Requires periodic injections to maintain beautiful results.
  • Doesn’t treat or improve the appearance of bony projections.
  • Can significantly improve the jaw angle that is so noticeable at the sides of the face and contributes heavily to an unmistakably square shape.
  • May not be a suitable alternative for severe cases, or to achieve very dramatic transformations.

Patients who don’t want repeated injections to the masseter muscles may consider more invasive options.

Bone reduction is very popular at Dr. Kwan’s office, especially among his Asian patients. Cheek reduction may be achieved by shaving the outer bone. This procedure may be performed with an intraoral incision. This approach is generally less invasive than surgery to reposition the cheekbone and it’s associated with faster recovery times. When bone is reconfigured by Dr. Kwan, it eventually settles into a new position that creates a narrower appearance as the body heals post-treatment. There is no need for plates or wires, which have traditionally been used for these types of reduction procedures.
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Shaving or burring can also reduce the size and sharp angles of the jawline and, if appropriate, may be accomplished through an incision in the mouth. Cutting out or resecting and contouring the bone may be combined with removal of a portion of the muscle to achieve a softer, more delicate jawline and oval facial shape.

Facial reduction procedures may also be combined as part of an overall profile makeover. Procedures that reduce some areas of the face are combined with treatments that augment or enlarge other features, such as specialized facial implants.

Contact Edmund Kwan, MD today

Don’t wait to reduce facial contours and boost your confidence! We’re sure you have many questions and we know that there are numerous considerations, including for pre- and post-operative care. Dr. Kwan’s team wants to hear from you. Call to schedule an appointment 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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