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Restore facial balance and confidence with jawbone reduction techniques in New York, NY

Jawbone Reduction New York NY

Does your face shape not “match” your softer, more delicate features? Do you hide sharper angles behind your hair? Perhaps, your face appears more angular and less oval than it once did? Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Edmund Kwan, and his skilled team in Manhattan, Flushing, and New Jersey can help you attain the face shape and overall feminine features that may have always eluded you. Likewise, they can correct the root cause of unwanted changes to your appearance over time. Depending on the source of your concerns, jawbone reduction in the New York, NY area at the offices of Edmund Kwan, MD may involve filing down or removing a portion of the bone and muscle. Not every plastic or cosmetic surgery office has the experience and knowledge to safely and successfully offer this type of procedure. As an Asian plastic surgeon, Dr. Kwan sees many patients who desire a smaller jawline and softer facial contours. A typical Asian face tends to have delicate features, so a large or bulky jaw draws the eye downward, overwhelms a slight nose or chin, and the first thing anyone may notice about that face? It’s prominent square or “masculine” facial shape.

The surgical approach

All treatments start with getting a thorough examination of your facial features and advanced, accurate diagnostics. In this way, Dr. Kwan:

  • Pinpoints the exact area of concern
  • Determines if a bone or muscular problem is to blame for bulkiness
  • Removes a portion of both bone and muscle (in some cases, as needed) to achieve desired correction
  • Narrows the jaw by removing the outer layer of bone (specific techniques vary)

The most prominent portions of the jawbone are shaved off to reduce its size and width. A portion of the “trouble” muscle may also be removed. Accessing the problematic areas may be done much less invasively though intraoral incisions made in the mouth. Drains may be placed, and sutures used to close incisions. The function of your mouth and lower jaw is retained, due to the precise nature of our surgical techniques and due to the number of muscles that are required to make a single, subtle facial expression or movement.

The nonsurgical answer

If you used to like the appearance of your face but have experienced some unwanted changes, Botox may be the answer for restoring softer features. Did you know habits such as chronically grinding your teeth can alter the shape of your face? Tooth grinding and clenching can use such significant force that it actually “bulks up” the muscles responsible for crushing and grinding food, similarly to how the upper arms may become bigger with targeted weight training. The masseter muscles that connect the cheeks and jaws operate like any other muscles, which means that the complication of bruxism (as teeth-grinding is known) and other habits like frequent, aggressive gum-chewing can cause them to expand to such a degree that a formerly oval or round face may appear squarer and angled with the passage of time.

Jawbone reduction to narrow a wide face in New York, NY

When injected into the muscles, Botox will block the messages from the brain that tell your muscles to contract. When these signals aren’t able to be sent, the masseters responsible for a bulked-up jaw can’t contract. Since this solution is precisely injected into only the muscles responsible for your concerns, the dreaded “frozen face” is avoided. You can still express yourself naturally, without diminished function. Botox doesn’t require preparation, nor does it require time for recovery and there are no demands on your body for healing. You can get back to your day immediately following the procedure. Unlike more invasive procedures, Botox produces temporary results. Dr. Kwan will advise about ongoing treatments to maintain the results. Over time, less Botox may be required for maintenance. You may also notice quality of life benefits, such as the resolution of headaches, or neck and facial pain caused by tense jaw muscles.

Schedule a no-fee consultation

We understand there are features that bother you, but we won’t know the source of your concerns until we see you and thoroughly analyze and examine your face. Once we know that, you’ll be on the way to loving the reflection you see in the mirror. Contact Edmund Kwan, MD to schedule a consultation at one of our three offices: in Manhattan, Flushing, and 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!! :)
  •  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.
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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 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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