Facial Contouring (Facial Sculpting)


Facial contouring or facial sculpting, which is another name used for this procedure, is a way in which you can change the contours of the face as well as making parts of your face smaller and creating emphasis on the areas you want to show off the most. This is another form of elective plastic surgery and is usually used to help create harmony and balance within your face.

Most surgeons do not take surgical procedures under general anesthetic lightly so firstly the individual will go through a CT imaging scanner that will produce pictures of the bone and soft tissue of the face. From this, the surgeon can discuss with the individual what issues they have and how they can resolve them.

The most common issues with the face can include; the nose, the cheekbones, the chin, forehead, lip and cheek fat. Facial contouring is a general term for all of these plastic surgeries in order to achieve an ideal shaped face.

Facial contouring can be done using implants in various areas of the face and can even be achieved using fat removal and reducing the bone by trimming down.

Facial contouring begins by finding a plastic surgeon to complete a range of surgeries under one general anesthetic. This can be classed as being much safer than having a set of continuous surgeries as this opens the individual up to complications with the general anesthetic. Whether the individual chooses to have chin implants and facial liposuction, these can be discussed and even though these anatomical structures are located in different areas of the face, the surgeon will be able to use equipment to reduce the amount of scaring and incisions made to the face.

The need to be perfect has increased so much that not only women feel that it is necessary to have the best features, but men also feel the need to live up to high expectations as well. The outcome of facial contouring surgery is what makes the surgery so ingenious.

Why have Facial Contouring Surgery?
One reason why women may choose to undergo facial contour surgery is because they feel they would like a smaller, softer, more feminine look. On the other hand, if a man feels that their face looks too feminine, facial contouring can help achieve a more masculine and chiseled look. Facial contouring can also be used with individuals who are in the process of moving from one sexuality to another. This can be quite a serious procedure so the choice must be made with all the information and research in tow.

Other candidates for facial contouring surgery tend to be members of the older generation who have looked in the mirror and do not see themselves looking back anymore. These individuals have lost their facial contouring due to the amount of saggy skin and wrinkles on their face.


Facial contouring is the result of a combination of procedures, scheduled by your surgeon to get the outcome you desire.

Common contouring procedures combinations include rhinoplasty, rhytidectomy, otoplasty, mentoplasty andblepharoplasty.

The surgeon will go through the risks associated with having this procedure however as the surgery can be a long one, the surgeon will ensure that the individual has no health issue which may be effected during the long anesthesia.

Risks and Complications

Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.

There are numerous risks and complications, which can be associated with undergoing a long procedure under general anesthetic. These risks and contraindications include; suppressed breathing, lowered blood pressure, a blood clot in lungs, and a blood clot in legs, heart failure and even death. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

The risks and complications associated with the facial contouring surgery itself can include:

Infection can be quite a rare complication however it can happen. If you have had fat removal, then the infection can form around the incision sight. If this does occur, then the surgeon will prescribe some antibiotics. If you have had implant surgery, infection can be extremely damaging and if the antibiotics do not deal it with, this could affect the implant itself and this could result in the implant having to be removed as a last resort.

Keloid scaring is another potential risk and complication. Keloid scaring is where the incision sight becomes red and raised. It is not nice in appearance so if this kind of scaring occurs, this could result in the incision sight having to be cut out and then re stitched.

Scar tissue is another complication and is what the body produces to help the areas, which have been affected by the surgery. It is an immune system response and usually goes away some time after the surgery, however if it does not, the scar tissue can wrap around the implants and cause them to constrict which in turn can cause the implant to change shape which can be extremely detrimental for the face. The scar tissue would usually need to be removed as well as the implant.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How long do the results of the facial contouring procedure last?
A. This does depend on the individual. If you have had implants as part of your surgery, after time these implants may be subject to wear and tear so it is worth having a check up every ten years to see if you need any further surgery.

Q. If I have implants, will I feel them?
A. It is extremely rare to feel your implants as they are made out of material, which is best suited to the area, which it is being inserted. They may feel strange but this will usually go away a small time after the surgery.

Q. If I have the surgery, will it drastically change my appearance? Will my family and friends recognize me?
A. This depends on how much surgery you have done. If you are going all out and decided to have the maximum amount of work done, this can result in a dramatic result. This must be considered before having the surgery.

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