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Is it possible to change the shape of your face? I'm pretty thin, but my face is naturally short and wide. It makes my face look fat. I want a little bit longer, thinner face. Is there a procedure to reconstruct the bones in your face? Thank you.
I don't know if anyone would want to play with the bones in your face, because the anatomical changes could produce physiological differences that could cause more harm than good. However, there are techniques that can dramatically change the shape of the face...from lipo, chin implants, cheek implants, fat grafting, brow lifts, etc. or a combination.
there are procedures that hlep change the look of your face shape. there are facial implants (chin, jaw, cheeks). they can shave off part of your jaw to make it look thinner and longer, or add to it if you want a rounder looking face, reduce malar (cheekbones), all kinds of procedures but there are many risks and complications
There are also other ways to change the facial contour without osteotomies (bone work). They involve the implants as others have mentioned - however there is a craniofacial pioneer (Michael Yaremchuk)
who now works as a PS in Boston, MA.
He uses his own implant technique and cutting edge tissue engineering to change facial contour in a way that previously could have only been done with bone work. He has helped a lot of kids with cogenital deformities - lessening the ordeal of the surgeries involved; but, now he is on the aesthetic side of the field.
Thats prob the most drastic change that I have ever seen in face work.
The work was at the patient's request, and I cant see I agree with the aesthetic goals he choose - But from a technical perspective, I find the face flawless with no sign of ever having surgery.
Honestly, if I met the patient before I would not recognize him from the after picture. It takes real talent for that level of invasiveness to produce that natural of an outcome.
I have not consulted with Yaremchuk for anywork, he is just one of the docs who's work I follow. My current endeavor is to seek a (hopefully final) rhino revision from two operations I had 11 years ago.
I question the integrity of the cartalige in my dorsum after the extensive work - the tissue is very stiff. I was thinking of possibly consulting with Yaremchuk because of his ability to graft stonger synthetic cartilage that I may need to gain structural support with my desired refinements.
As I also wish to have my nasal bone reduced, and consider that all bonework should be done in the hands of someone skilled specifically in osteotomies - I have him on my list of potential doctors to consult with.
I have a long list of metrics that I employ to "de-select" doctors, so right now my list consist of two!
I wish you the best in your endeavors!
p.s. - Anyone had any work done by Dr. Yaremchuk in terms of implants or contouring?
I'd stay well away from implants if I were you. They seem to lead to long term problems. Go see a good maxiofacial surgeon and have a consultation. My face is 'short and wide' as well kind of squarish and am I'm opting for a sliding genioplasty, it will lengthen my face and give me more of a pronounced chin. You can see my recent post where I put up images of the suggested facial changes. You can see how the procedure would give me more of a oval whereas now I 'm kinda round and square.
Good luck! But really make sure you see a good maxiofacial surgeon, not a PS who is willing to have a go!
Hi, I don't know if you even come on this site anymore since the question was in 2006, but I've always hated my face shape and I thought if I got buccal fat extraction done, it would improve it by creating a thinner contour. Unfortunately, I feel like the buccal fat extraction brought out the "boxiness" of my face more, (a problem I have more so I think because I am Asian). In fact, I can't ever wear my hair up in public because I'm so embarassed by my face shape. There are quite a few procedures that can be done to change the face shape...jaw reduction surgery, mandible angle reduction, and the malar reduction. I've actually been investigating a lot of Asian and Facial Feminization Surgery websites as they provide more information on the procedure, risks, and you can read stories and experiences of what they went through. All surgery is a risk, but reducing the bone doesn't seem so bad when you know other people have gone through it and you can actually view people's progress on youtube. I'm seriously considering doing the jaw reduction surgery once I save up enough money. Hopefully once I get it done I can share my stories on here since it's hard to ever really find any information on facial contouring anywhere...
Also responding to this old thread to agree with some of the others have said. The least invasive way to start if you are not happy with the shape of your face is with an orthodontist. Braces can really change the shape of the face for the better. I had upper jaw surgery (dental necessity rather than cosmetic) and am more symetrical now. It is a hard recovery - swelling, pressure, numbness, and difficulty eating. It is not very painful though as the nerves are often bruised or cut. As with anything, get several oinions from qualified doctors.
I have had both the FAMI method AND the Layering method performed on me. Both did not last beyond 4 months. I've researched it since, and fat injections can not last, period. Fat GRAFTING, may, however. You probably don't want fat grafted anywhere on your face w/ the exception of an overdone blepharoplasty procedure.
hello all i started doing a lot of research about changing the shape of the face and i've found that the only place that do all the procedures im interested in is in a clinic in south korea. i am interested in doing the zygoma reduction, V line osteotomy and the forehead augmentation. it says the price would range from US$ 10,500 ~ US$ 16,500 which is pretty good. i am hoping to go there sometime next year for a consultation. here is the website: http://english.bkdy.co.kr/photo/photoList.asp?cate=face if anyone is interested in going sometime next year too p.m me. maybe we can go together, because i really wouldn't like traveling so far by myself. oh and you can find the prices when you click conultation then click price inquiry on the right.
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