About the jawbone reduction procedure
This procedure is popular among both men and women. Male patients prefer the appearance of larger, more defined bone structures, but do not want overly square jaws that skew the appearance of other features. Most female patients are looking for delicate, slender, soft facial features. However, each patient has a unique vision of ‘ideal,’ and Dr. Kwan begins by learning exactly what outcome the patient is seeking. He uses three-dimensional imaging software to help patients see what is possible
, and to help him understand their goals.
There are different techniques, and Dr. Kwan will choose the best one based on your current jaw structure. The most common are:
- Access from inside the mouth – The incision is near the molars, inside of the mouth. This technique is usually preferable, because it eliminates any potential for external scarring. Additionally, there is little risk of damage to nerves in the area.
The procedure involves removing a small amount of bone, muscle, or both to reduce the size of the jaw. Dr. Kwan then refines the shape by shaving certain parts of the bone and positioning the muscle in an ideal location.
About Vectra imaging
The VECTRA® H1 handheld imaging system brings clinical-quality 3D imaging to any practice. It delivers precision optics for high-resolution 3D images in an intuitive, lightweight and easy to handle image capture system. Ideal for facial aesthetics, clinical documentation, and more, it's completely self-contained with integrated flash and ranging lights, the VECTRA H1 is ready to go with minimal staff training.
Every treatment begins with a personal consultation, aesthetic facial analysis, and discussion of options. Dr. Kwan wants to ensure that every patient makes an informed decision with realistic expectations. He takes great care to explain any risks, potential complications, likely results, and available alternatives. Vectra H1 three-dimensional imaging is an important part of this process.
We will take a few pictures of your face from different angles, using a special type of camera. The Vectra system uses those pictures to render a detail-accurate 3D image of your face. It can simulate the appearance of changes in dimensions, increased or decreased volume, and other adjustments. This allows Dr. Kwan to show you a “preview” of likely results before you commit to treatment.