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What is forehead contouring? Discover this low-risk surgery to transform your appearance in NYC

Forehead Contouring Surgery NYC

Forehead contouring surgery in NYC at the offices of Edmund Kwan, MD has the potential to transform the overall appearance of your face. The transformation doesn’t stop there; when you’re happy about how you look, confidence soars. Since the upper third of the face plays such a significant role in how the rest of your features look, it should come as no surprise that more people are asking, “What is forehead contouring?” and discovering how it can improve their lives.

The basics

An elective procedure, contouring or augmentation enhances the shape of the forehead, or adds volume to flat, sunken contours. It has the added benefit of removing surface imperfections and wrinkles, akin to how inflating a balloon has the effect of smoothing out folds. This surgery also contributes to a smaller, thinner, and narrower facial appearance. A broad, curved, and smoothly-shaped forehead is often associated with a more feminine and attractive look than a flat, sunken one. By beautifying the forehead, creating more attractive contours, or softening coarse facial characteristics, Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Kwan, also opens and draws attention to the eyes and cheeks. By changing one feature, you can alter the relationship between all features and add beautiful balance and harmony.

Generally, this procedure may be attractive to patients who wish to:

  • Minimize prominent bones or bony protrusions near the brows
  • Add volume to flat foreheads
  • Correct hollow areas

It’s possible that some of these features may sound like you and the results from contouring may be desirable. But, all procedures start with a visit to one of Dr. Kwan’s offices in Manhattan, Flushing, and New Jersey. The doctor will discuss your goals and evaluate your medical history and areas of concern. You must be in physically good health. The risks are like other types of surgeries, and include adverse reactions to anesthesia and infection. Following pre- and post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Kwan help to minimize the risks of these and other complications, such as asymmetry, visible scarring, and hair loss. Dr. Kwan’s combination of skill and his surgical approach are safe and low-risk alternatives to techniques that use fat or silicone implants for augmentation. These alternatives are associated with several complications, including fluid accumulation, unnatural-looking results such as visible borders at the implant site, and ruptures.

Technique you can trust

Technique you can trustDr. Kwan opts to use safe, synthetic surgical bone cement or osteobond to improve the shape and appearance of the forehead. This material was developed in the 1930s for skull reconstruction procedures, and has been used successfully worldwide for forehead contouring since the 1960s. As an implant material, bone cement is reliable, durable, and permanent, retaining its position after several years.

If you’re a suitable candidate for this procedure, it will be performed on an outpatient basis and with appropriate anesthesia and sedation. After an incision is made in the scalp, the bone cement is prepared and inserted while it’s still pliable. Dr. Kwan then molds the substance into the desired shape, which underscores the importance of selecting a surgeon with extensive skill and artistry. After the desired correction is attained, the doctor closes the incision with sutures.

Enjoy beautiful results in no time

Surgery can be completed in about an hour, but follow-up visits are required to remove stitches and monitor your results. The rate of satisfaction with forehead contouring is high, and revisions are a rare occurrence. Patients appreciate that incisions are well-hidden behind the hairline, in a meticulous manner that allows hair to grow through the incision. You aren’t left with visible reminders of surgery over the long term.

Post-operative swelling typically resolves in about two to three weeks. Some patients also notice a little temporary bruising in the eye area. Forehead augmentation or contouring doesn’t require a lot of downtime or demands on your body for healing. You may be able to resume normal activities in a few days, with full recovery in one to two weeks.

Forehead contouring may also complement brow lift surgery. To discuss your options, contact Edmund Kwan, MD and schedule an appointment at one of his three Tri-State Area locations.


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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 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.
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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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