Skeletal Contouring: What Is It? And, Who Is a Candidate?

Skeletal contouring is a procedure used to subtly change an individual’s facial structure by manipulating the shape of the facial bones. Skeletal contouring focuses mostly on the nose, jawline, cheeks, and forehead.

What is Skeletal Contouring?

The method of skeletal contouring varies greatly from patient to patient. In all cases, facial bones are changed in some way. Grafting can be used to increase the size of a section of the face. The procedure can also involve bone shaving to decrease or sharpen facial sections, or to simply reshape the bone. Skeletal contouring can give patients a stronger jawline, more or less prominent facial features, and a different nose shape.

Who is a Good Candidate for Skeletal Contouring?

A person may be a candidate for skeletal contouring for several reasons. If you have been involved in an accident or suffered trauma to the face, skeletal contouring can be used to help cover up the damage and return your face to its original appearance. Or, if you simply do not like the appearance of your jawline, nose, or cheeks, skeletal contouring can be used to perfect your features.

What to Expect During the Skeletal Contouring Procedure

Prior to surgery, patients will be given a general anesthetic. Once the procedure has been completed, there may be some noticeable bruising, which should go away in one to four weeks.

After surgery, it is important to keep your head elevated to assist with blood flow. Do not lay flat or sleep on your back. Avoid bending or picking up heavy objects. Also, avoid direct sunlight so your incisions can heal properly

If you have suffered facial trauma, or simply want to change your facial features for cosmetic purposes, skeletal contouring may be for you. Call our office today to set up a free consultation!

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