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.
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:
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.
Dr. 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.
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.