This comprehensive guide will delve into the intricacies of facial bone contouring, including patient suitability, the surgical procedure, potential risks, recovery expectations, desired outcomes, and the integration of digital 3D technology for precision. Facial bone contouring is a specialised surgical procedure performed by Dr Quan Ngo, an accomplished Specialist Plastic Surgeon renowned for his expertise. Dr Ngo holds the position of Head of the Department of the Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery unit at Liverpool Hospital, a prominent trauma centre in New South Wales, Australia.

Understanding Facial Bone Contouring

Facial bone contouring is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the facial bones to enhance aesthetic appearance and, when necessary, structural functionality. This procedure is highly individualised, taking into account each patient's unique facial anatomy to achieve balanced and harmonious facial features.

The primary objective of facial bone contouring is to create facial symmetry and balance. Dr Ngo's surgical expertise addresses various concerns, such as correcting a prominent jawline, refining wide cheekbones, enhancing a weak chin, or addressing facial symmetry issues. Dr Ngo employs advanced surgical techniques, complemented by digital 3D planning and printing technology, to ensure precise and predictable results. This approach not only enhances facial aesthetics but also boosts patient confidence.

Patient Suitability for Facial Bone Contouring

The selection of suitable candidates for facial bone contouring involves several considerations:

  • Candidates should be in good physical and mental health, with no medical conditions that may hinder the healing process.
  • Realistic expectations regarding the outcomes should be established through comprehensive consultations with Dr Ngo.
  • Facial bone contouring is suitable for addressing various aesthetic concerns and may be recommended for those seeking improvements in jawline, cheekbones, chin, or facial symmetry.
  • Smoking can negatively impact the healing process, and candidates are often advised to quit before and after surgery.
  • Successful recovery requires adherence to post-operative care instructions, including rest and dietary adjustments, under Dr Ngo's guidance.

The Surgical Procedure

Facial bone contouring comprises several key steps:

  • The procedure begins with general anaesthesia administered by Dr Ngo to ensure patient comfort and safety.
  • Dr Ngo strategically places incisions inside the mouth or along the hairline to access the facial bones for reshaping, aiming to minimise visible scarring.
  • The facial bones are meticulously reshaped, including adjustments to the jawline, cheekbones, chin, and forehead.
  • Specialised plates and screws secure the repositioned facial bones to achieve the desired configuration.
  • Incisions are closed carefully with sutures, minimising visible scarring.
  • Patients are moved to a designated recovery area to wake up from anaesthesia under Dr Ngo's supervision.

Risks Involved

While facial bone contouring is generally safe, potential risks include:

  • Infection at the surgical site, managed with antibiotics.
  • Numbness or altered sensation (e.g. tight feeling) in the facial area, usually resolving over time.
  • Some scarring may be present, but Dr Ngo's attention to detail helps minimise its visibility.
  • In some cases, the desired aesthetic outcome may not be fully achieved, potentially necessitating revision surgery.
  • Healing duration varies among individuals, with some experiencing prolonged physical swelling or asymmetry.
  • Delayed or failure of bone healing (more commonly seen in smokers)

Recovery Expectations and Timelines

  • Significant swelling and bruising are expected, peaking in the initial days and gradually subsiding over several weeks. Dr Ngo's post-operative care includes strategies to manage these effects.
  • Patients typically follow a soft diet for several weeks to avoid pressure on the operated areas, with food reintroduction guided by Dr Ngo's instructions.
  • Rest is crucial during the early recovery phase, with strenuous activities avoided for at least 4-6 weeks.
  • Most patients can resume non-strenuous work or activities within 1-2 weeks, but full recovery may take several months, with residual swelling gradually dissipating.

Facial bone contouring, as performed by Dr Quan Ngo, offers individuals an opportunity to achieve facial balance and harmony. Dr Ngo's extensive experience and commitment to excellence make him a trusted choice for patients considering this surgical option. Before opting for facial bone contouring, consulting with Dr Ngo, an Australian Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is advised. Dr Ngo is based in Sydney and maintains multiple consultation rooms throughout the city, including Bankstown, Burwood, Cabramatta West, Campbelltown, and Chatswood. His use of 3D technology enhances precision, ensuring predictable outcomes. Dr Ngo also collaborates with a team of experts in non-surgical facial rejuvenation to provide comprehensive care tailored to each patient's unique needs.