Facial Contouring

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Sterry performs permanent facial contouring to refine and define the cheeks, chin, jawline, and upper neck. While facial rejuvenation surgery addresses the effects of aging, facial contouring adds volume where it’s needed and removes it where it’s not. Dr. Sterry can sculpt the face with facial implants, liposuction, fat injections, buccal fat removal, and more, to help NYC patients, typically young adults, attain more defined features and a look that exudes vibrance and health.

Neck Liposuction / Chin Liposuction
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Neck & Chin Liposuction

This is a 40-year-old woman who wanted to reclaim her youthful appearance. Her goal was to look more like her driver's license photograph. I did Smartlipo™ liposuction of the chin and neck at my New York practice, along with some RADIESSE® facial filler in the upper cheeks, for an affordable, minimally invasive treatment th... Read More
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Neck Liposuction

This 38-year-old woman was well known to my practice. After establishing a nice rapport and accomplishing some good results for her, she became the first person that I ever suggested a procedure to. She simply looked like a great candidate for Smartlipo™ of the neck at my NYC practice. While this is quite uncharacteristic of me, I'm... Read More
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Neck Liposuction / Chin Liposuction Case #183

This is a male patient who felt as though he was rather fit, but was frustrated by the appearance of his "chubby" neck.  He clearly worked very hard at the gym and was quite physically impressive, so he didn't "deserve" to have the appearance that he did.
I did some Smartlipo liposuction of his neck and a few weeks later it clearly ma... Read More
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Chin Lipo NYC Case #189

This is a 36 year old woman who asked me to remove her double chin and to enhance her jawline.  She was a "no brainer" from the clinical decision making perspective because it was obvious to me from the start that chin lipo would improve her profile impressively.  However, even I did not realize the impact that Smartlipo would have... Read More
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Double Chin Removal For Men Case #192

This is a very fit 32 year old man who spends his weekends competing is "Extreme" races.  While he is very lean all over, his double chin never really went away.  He tells me that no matter what his weight, he has always been self conscious about his profile.
I thought it was unfair that he could work so hard to stay in shape and... Read More
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V-Line Facial Contouring

V-Line Facial Contouring is performed to improve the profile, jawline, and front view of patients with rounded facial features who want a more sleek appearance.  By combining a series of simple procedures such as in this case:
Neck Liposuction
Microcannula Liposuction of the Cheeks
Insertion of a Chin Implant, and
Buccal Fat... Read More
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Chubby Cheek Reduction and Chin Liposuction

This young woman came in originally asking for chin liposuction.  After that procedure went well, she decided that she would like me to reduce the size of what she called her "Chipmunk Cheeks".  That procedure was performed a few months later.  Read More
Before & After Buccal Fat Removal Case 228 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Chubby Cheek Reduction With Chin Liposuction

This is a 30 year old patient who wanted facial sculpting to create a more refined contour to her profile.  I told her that we had several options and she settled in on Chin Liposuction (some of us call it "neck" liposuction) combined with buccal fat pad removal to improve her contour.
The Buccal Fat pad is removed through the mouth a... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Buccal Fat Removal

The buccal fat pad, located in the cheek hollow where the teeth come together, is larger in some people than others. This enlargement can give the appearance of chipmunk or chubby cheeks regardless of whether you are overweight. Dr. Sterry performs buccal fat removal to add definition to the face using an incision concealed inside the cheek.

Microcannula Liposuction of the Cheeks

Many younger patients benefit from having fat removed from a broader area of the cheeks than possible with buccal fat removal. Dr. Sterry has developed a specialized face liposuction technique using a tiny microcannula that has the following advantages:

  • Accentuating a more defined and elegant jawline  
  • Restricting fat removal to the lower cheek area (below the cheekbones) 
  • Allowing the entire lower face to be contoured, not just the buccal fat area 

This special liposuction technique makes the cheeks “pop,” giving the illusion of higher cheekbones. When performed on the right patient, it can give the face a more elegant and beautiful appearance.

Facial Implants

By placing facial implants through small incisions, Dr. Sterry provides permanent (yet reversible) cheek and chin augmentation. Facial implants, made of firm silicone that feels like bone, can enhance the overall balance of the face. Options include:

  • Cheek implants to add definition to the midface 
  • Chin implants enhance the profile by adding definition to the lower face, strengthening the jawline, and balancing the nose with the chin. 

Dr. Sterry can also augment the cheeks and chin temporarily with dermal fillers like RADIESSE® instead of facial implants.

Chin Liposuction

Submental fat, often called a double chin, can make you look heavy even if you are not. Although there are nonsurgical options like KYBELLA® injections, Dr. Sterry prefers to use chin liposuction for more predictable results with a single procedure. When sculpting the chin, he typically uses Smartlipo™ laser liposuction, which melts the fat for easy removal and tightens the skin for firm contours.

Neck Liposuction

Dr. Sterry often combines neck liposuction with chin liposuction using Smartlipo to sculpt away fullness in the upper neck. Neck liposuction can also enhance chin augmentation results.

Lip Lift

A lip lift involves removing a strip of skin below the nose to raise the upper lip. This procedure enhances the face in a variety of ways, including:

  • Exposing more of the reddish upper lip vermillion  
  • Revealing the lower edge of the top teeth 
  • Reducing the distance between the upper lip and the underside of the nose. 

The resulting scar is concealed in the natural crease beneath the base of the nose.

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He has been president of both the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, he sits on the executive council of the New York County Medical Society and has been a delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York for years. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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In most cases, Dr. Sterry performs facial contouring using a local anesthetic in his NYC office so the patient is awake during the surgery. He typically completes the surgery within 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the specifics of the surgical plan.

Dr. Sterry discusses his facial contouring philosophy in this blog post.

Recovery After Facial Contouring

Recovery varies with the specifics of the surgery; however, most facial contouring patients are ready to resume nonstrenuous work, school, and activities in about a week. After facial liposuction, patients must wear a compression strap for 4 days to minimize fluid buildup under the chin.

Expect swelling, bruising, and numbness for the first few weeks. Most patients are ready to resume their regular exercise routines in about 2 weeks, taking care to do so gradually.

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