What Is Facial Contouring and How Does it Work?

Have you ever wished that you had a more prominent chin, higher cheekbones, or a more elegantly shaped nose?  Facial contouring plastic surgery procedures may be able to help.  These techniques, which are designed to bring better balance and proportion to the structural appearance of the face, accounted for nearly twenty percent of all cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in 2015, and they continue to grow more popular each year.  With more and more men and women availing themselves of the many advantages that facial contouring can provide, understanding exactly what is possible and how it can be accomplished may help you decide whether such a procedure is right for you.

What Is Facial Contouring and How Does it WorkThe most important thing to remember when you are considering the various facial contouring options is that little changes can make a big difference.  The face is the primary focus of our social interaction and attention, and just the tiny raise of an eyebrow or a twitch of a lip can signal a whole range of nuanced expressions.  By the same token, even the most minor and subtle of alterations with cosmetic plastic surgery can often achieve striking and elegant results.  By far the most common form of facial contouring involves changes to the size or shape of the nose through rhinoplasty procedures, but this is certainly not the only option available.  In fact, many who are troubled by an overly prominent nose have found that surgery of the chin, a procedure known as genioplasty, can effectively balance out the facial features and make the nose appear more proportional.  The most natural looking facial contouring results are usually achieved when the doctor and patient examine the face as a whole, examining the different components and how they work together to create a unified and seamless look.

Some patients who might be interested in facial contouring are discouraged by the idea of having to use artificial silicone implants to achieve their desired results.  While it is true that such implants were frequently used in the past, the more advanced techniques that we use today tend to rely on the use of natural fat, cartilage, and bone taken from the patient’s own body instead.  For example, fat transfer, although it has been around for a while, has become extremely popular over the past few years.  These techniques use liposuction to remove small amounts of fat from the patient’s abdomen, hips, or thighs, then re-inject this fat (after it has been purified) back into areas that require additional volume.  Because this fat comes from the patient’s own body, there is a significantly lower chance of rejection or other post-surgical complications.  In fact, the fat usually blends smoothly into the surrounding tissue, growing naturally and lasting much longer than artificial implants or fillers.

Every face is unique and the possibilities of facial contouring are virtually limitless.  During a consultation one of our board certified plastic surgeons can carefully examine your facial features and go over your specific health requirements so that we can determine exactly what approach would best achieve your individual aesthetic goals.  If you are interested in learning more about any of the procedures that we perform at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C., contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta, or at one of our other Atlanta area offices located in Sandy Springs (Northside), Newnan, or Cumming, to schedule a full consultation.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.