In this age of constantly putting our face out there on the various social media platforms and video conferencing, I am certain that practically everyone has had thoughts about facial slimming. What’s worse, due to the wide angle lenses built into our smartphones and pads, our faces optically appear wider than as they really are, which is so not fair for those of us endowed with wide faces, yours truly included. Honestly, if there was an easy and practical solution, most would give it a try. This blog is to share with you that for many of you out there, there may be an indeed easy solution to make your face appear slimmer.
The best way to slenderize your face either surgically or non-surgically will depend on first performing a careful analysis in order to understand what the optimal contour and profile of your face should be. Second, we then need to take into account your ethnic make up, genetical tendency to retain versus lose volume in the critical areas of the face as well as the inevitable general laxity associated with aging process which makes most people appear more round and less slender as we age. Based on careful analysis, one or multiple combination of the following six options available will prove to be beneficial to help with slimming your facial profile.
If you are reading this Blog, I am sure you thought about which option(s) you may benefit most from and since we want to approach each section in a comprehensive manner with ample before and after pictures, we have chosen to approach this topic as a six part “Mini” series. We hope that this mini series Blog will shed a light into how you can achieve a slimmer profile.
“Chin Filler Augmentation” For some patients, their cheeky face will slim out in an instant using a filler to augment their weak chin. This is what we call a “five minute facial slim job”. I have been utilizing the various FDA approved fillers as volume 3-D enhancers rather than to just fill in lines and grooves since the fillers have been made available for cosmetic enhancement nearly twenty years ago. As such I have developed a vast experience in the art of filler volume enhancement in the various critical areas of the face, of which chin augmentation is probably one of the most important along with filler nasal augmentation, and filler restoration of cheek eminence. Understanding and applying the proper volume enhancement technique artistically and choosing the best FDA approved filler optimal for each individual patient are the two key critical components to achieve a very natural and satisfactory volume enhancement to the chin area. Most of the times the result can nearly parallel surgical results using implants, but without any added down time. For some patients with flat nasal bridge, “5 minute nose job” using a filler will also help to create a slimmer facial profile by enhancing the 3-D appearance of your face. Finally for those endowed with full facial volume along the lower face and jaw line, Ultherapy can provide a nice subtle lift and help reduce the volume of cheeky lower face, further helping you to achieve a more slimmer profile.
For patients who present with square jaw or wide jaw due to Masseter muscle hypertrophy, sometimes it is as simple as slenderizing their enlarged Masseter muscle along the angle and vertical portion of the jaw using Botox. In less than two weeks their lower face looks noticeably slender. This treatment as a stand alone procedure is best suited for younger patients below 40. Because most patients that benefit from this procedure are usually of Asian descent genetically endowed with widened angle of their jawbone, I have been at the forefront of this treatment since the inception of this procedure. As a result, over the past two decades, I have built up vast amount of experience resulting in predictable and rewarding outcome for my patients. Besides cosmetic enhancement, anyone suffering from TM joint related discomfort from clenching or grinding will greatly benefit in terms of pain relief from Botox reduction of both the size and activity of the Masseter muscle. For patients endowed with full facial volume along the lower face creating a reverse V shape, Ultherapy protocol to tighten and reduce the volume along the lower face and jaw line makes a great combination therapy for facial slimming. Finally, of course if patients also presents with weak chin, performing the “5 minutes Chin augmentation” using a filler as discussed in section “One” of this mini series will help create even a a more dramatic facial slimming to your overall facial profile.
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