Your facial features play a significant role in creating a positive self-image, and any imbalances or disproportions may leave you feeling less than happy. Cheekbones that are too wide or flat, or a chin that protrudes too much, can all detract from the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Facial bone contouring surgery can help to bring balance and harmony to the most prominent areas of your face, resulting in a more pleasing and confident look.
What is Facial Contouring Surgery?
Facial contouring procedures can effectively narrow the shape of your face and soften angular lines through reductions in hard tissue. Small pieces of bone are removed or shaved down to decrease the width of the cheekbones, chin, and jaw. This can create a dramatic aesthetic improvement with permanent results.
Common Facial Bone Contouring Procedures
A surgical plan is created to align with your individual aesthetic preferences. Depending on your goals, one or more procedures may be necessary. This could include:
Narrows the appearance of the jawline and chin by removing small sections of bone to adjust the shape.
Angle Reduction Surgery
Softens the squareness of the face by shaving down the bone to reduce the width and angle of the jaw.
Cheek Bone Reduction Surgery
Minimizes the prominence of the cheeks by shaving the bone and recontouring the shape for a narrower appearance.
Chin Narrowing Surgery
Decreases the width and projection of the chin to improve balance within the lower face.
Cheek Fat Removal (Buccal Lipectomy)
Reduces the fullness in your cheeks by removing the small fat pads in this area.
Masseter Reduction Surgery
Parts of the masseter muscle and jawbone are removed to create a slimmer facial contour.
Treatment can be combined with corrective jaw surgery for more comprehensive results, or it can be performed on its own.
What Does Facial Bone Contouring Entail?
An in-depth consultation is conducted first to understand your concerns and goals regarding your facial aesthetics. Be honest and open about what features you are dissatisfied with and what your goal is for your appearance. Our doctors will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve these results through precise contouring procedures.
You may opt to undergo multiple procedures at once, or you may choose a phased approach for a slower transformation to fine-tune your facial shape. General anesthesia is administered to keep you as comfortable as possible during surgery.
The surgeon will make intraoral incisions to assist in carefully reshaping your cheekbones, chin, or jaw to create the desired appearance. You may have a small incision near your ear as well, but any scarring should be virtually unnoticeable.
The initial recovery time is around three weeks, giving your body time to heal and allowing the majority of swelling to decrease. While it can take up to a year for the swelling to fully resolve and the fine details to emerge, the transformation will be immediate. You will notice how the structure and shape of your face have changed within days after surgery.
Why Choose an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are intricately familiar with the bones and structure of the face. They regularly make adjustments to the face by manipulating the hard tissue to improve function, aesthetics, and symmetry. Facial bone contouring is a natural extension that utilizes similar tools and techniques to create a more harmonious and visually appealing aesthetic.
Using the same intraoral approach, the surgeon can carefully remove or reduce excess bone to refine the shape or angle of key features. This can be done to decrease the width or height of the jaw or chin, narrow the cheekbones, soften the angles, and enhance overall contour. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon understands how to achieve balanced proportions without interfering with facial function.
Boost Your Confidence with Facial Bone Contouring
Achieve a facial shape you find more appealing with facial bone aesthetic surgery. Whether you are unhappy with the width of your chin, the broad or flat nature of your cheekbones, the prominent angle of your chin or jaw, or have other concerns, schedule a consultation at Los Angeles Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at (310) 842-4811. Our surgeons are happy to discuss your goals and options for attaining the results you love.