Hi Dr. Lam,
I want to thank you for the commitment and passion so visible in your work. I'm an artist in my twenties, since I was 13 I've sketched, painted, and studied the face with an obsession. I'm asian and there's something that has always bothered me about my face. I feel like my face looks flat, not just because of my wider-set jaw or cheekbone but because the maxilla around the nose appears recessed and my brow bone seems flat. I guess I would make the comparison to the profile of a Bulldog versus a Husky. I don't feel like reshaping my nose or adding an implant to make the tip project further would give me the profile I am looking for (see: Pinocchio). I don't think my nose is particularly flat, it appears flat because the base is concave and the maxilla region around my mouth juts out accentuating the nasolabial fold. I feel as if alot of surgeons dismiss this region, I drew an illustration of what I meant below:
I exaggerated alot of features in the illustration above. I would hope that most of this midface region would be addressed via implants or fat fillers instead of breaking bones and repositioning them.
My question is, are the current advances in plastic surgery addressing this area? What are the available procedures and methods as of today? What are your thoughts on the topic? Pros and Cons to addressing facial balance in this way? How complicated or dangerous would this method be? I just wanted to pick your brain and see what you thought and maybe perhaps what the inner circle of plastic surgeons may be discussing regarding this region. Thank you =)