Open Your Eyes
At Face Forward Houston Orbital rim reduction is sought by both trans- and cis-gender patients wishing to reduce heaviness and shadows above the eyes caused by thick orbital rims. The orbital rims are the bone above and to the sides of the eyes. Feminization of the face frequently entails reducing the brow bone and shaping the orbital rims to give the eyes a softer, brighter appearance. In addition, reducing the orbital rims helps chase away shadows around the eyes, which look brighter and more open as a result. The orbit can also be enlarged at the same time as the rim is reduced. This creates a bigger and more open space around the eye. The goal of orbital rim reduction is to open the eyes, making them appear brighter, softer, and more feminine.
A Brighter Gaze
Patients with heavy orbital rims have thick areas of bone that protrude over the eyes. This overhang creates shadows around the eyes, making them look tired and sunken. Orbital rim reduction reduces the prominence of a heavy orbital rim, allowing the eyes to come out of the shadows and look lighter and more open. As a result, the eye area is refreshed, softened, and brightened.
Dr. Regina Rodman of Face Forward Houston is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a prestigious track record of providing safe, beautiful outcomes for all patients. To provide the best results from orbital rim reduction, she has developed a unique method of reducing the side and upper areas of the orbital rim to open up the eye. By rounding out the rim in all directions, she makes the eyes appear brighter, larger, softer, and more youthful.
Individuals seeking orbital rim reduction wish to have a more refined, feminine-looking brow and eye area. For this reason, orbital rim reduction is often performed along with brow bossing, which reduces the prominence of a heavy brow bone. Both procedures minimize anatomical traits commonly associated with a masculine face shape. An orbital rim reduction can enhance the eye area in a few ways:
Get a New View
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rodman at Face Forward Houston today. You will receive an individualized assessment of your facial structure and learn what orbital rim reduction can do for your overall appearance. In addition, imaging may be performed to aid Dr. Rodman in planning your procedure around your unique bone structure.
A Brighter Setting
Prior to an orbital rim reduction Houston patients will be given general anesthesia for your procedure. If your orbital rim reduction is being performed along with brow bossing, an incision in your forehead will be used to access all surgical sites. For patients who only need the rim reduced, the incision may be made in the eyelid, where any scar will be concealed in the natural crease of the skin. Dr. Rodman uses a surgical burr to carefully sand down the orbital rims and achieve a brighter, softer-looking eye area. Men tend to have a more projected orbital rim, but women generally have a bigger orbit. Both the vertical and the horizontal shapes can be altered to feminize the eyes. Dr. Rodman reduces the rims' horizontal and vertical projection to help the eyes look brighter, wider, and less recessed.
Things Are Looking Up
Pain, bruising, and swelling is normal after surgery. Every patient is different, but full recovery may take between two and four weeks. Get plenty of rest and plan for some downtime from social activities while you heal. Dr. Rodman will provide detailed instructions for caring for the surgery site and will check your progress at your post-operative visit.
Orbital rim reduction is a permanent procedure. Depending on your cosmetic goals, you may wish to combine orbital rim reduction with brow bossing, a brow lift, hairline advancement, or another related surgery. Dr. Rodman will help you assess your options during your consultation.
Pain, swelling, and bruising are normal during recovery. Your symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or medication prescribed by Dr. Rodman.
As with any surgery, orbital rim reduction includes risks such as bleeding, scarring, infection, and a bad reaction to anesthesia. There is also a small risk of damage to the nerve that moves the forehead. Working with an experienced surgeon can mitigate your risk of side effects.
Insurance now often covers facial feminization surgeries. You should check if they have benefits for surgeries associated with gender dysphoria.
Schedule Your Houston Plastic Surgery Consultation Today
The Face Forward process starts with a consultation. You will meet with Dr. Rodman (either in the office or via video call) to discuss the result or look you want to achieve. Dr. Rodman will review and educate you about your options and schedule you for the procedure of your choice. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as necessary. Achieve your look and enjoy the new you! Schedule your consultation for plastic surgery in Houston at Face Forward today.
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