Facial Slimming

Facial Slimming, At A Glance

  • Best Results1-2 treatments
  • Treatment Recovery0 days
  • Procedure Time10 min
  • Skin SpecialistDermatologist, Davin Lim
  • Duration of Results4 to 6+ months
  • AnaestheticNil required
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$$-$$$

Facial Slimming

Non-surgical facial slimming can make a tremendous aesthetic difference for patients. This gives a slimmer profile, also known as ‘V’ shaping. I employ injectables including dermal fillers, muscle relaxants as well as skin tightening procedures to reshape the lower face.

FactsFacts on Facial Slimming

  • An aesthetically pleasing silhouette is a V shaped face
  • This gives the impression of higher cheekbones, a slimmer & sharper jawline
  • A wide face is more common in some ethnicities including Asian-Chinese
  • In most cases it is due to overactive masseter muscles
  • Injectables can reduce the muscle bulk & slim the face
  • Dermal fillers can highlight cheekbones, define the jawline & chin area
  • Ultherapy or HIFU & Radiofrequency can provide skin tightening
  • Threads can also achieve lifting of the mid-face

Why slimming?

V-shaping characteristics include a slimmer & more defined jawline as well as a tapered (not sharp) chin. This gives the impression of a slimmer, more youthful & aesthetically pleasing appearance.

V shaping can be achieved with injectables, threads & skin tightening. The combination of all three gives predictable results.

Certain ethnicities have a genetic predisposition to a broader face with a less prominent chin (Asians for example). Using non-surgical techniques I am able to recreate contours to improve aesthetics.

How do I do it?

  1. Decrease width of the face with injectable muscle relaxants.
  2. Sharpen the jawline & enhance chin contours with dermal fillers.
  3. Tighten the lower face with HIFU or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.

If your profile is suitable for slimming, simple injectables can give the desired results. Muscle relaxing injections are placed in a zone just in front of the ear into a muscle called the masseter. This powerful muscle is the culprit that gives facial bulk, a great look for males, but too strong a look for females.

The procedure itself takes only 1-2 minutes to complete, however the vast majority of my time is spent assessing & planning for the injections. Placement must be exact otherwise other important muscles may be accidentally treated. This can result in an awkward smile or worse still, drooling & problems talking.

I normally use 4-5 injection points per side. In some cases I treat another injection point in your hairline, as other muscles attach to your jawbone.

Is this procedure painful?

Facial slimming procedures are very well tolerated.  I use approximately four to five injection points. This treatment takes 15 minutes to complete. I spend the majority of time planning as this is the most important part of the procedure.

Dermal fillers are virtually painless as they have a numbing effect when injected. Skin tightening devices like Tempsure or Pelleve are not painful, whilst more powerful devices such as Ultherapy & Ultraformer III may require some numbing gas during the procedure.

When will I notice the results?

Slimming takes 4-10 weeks for maximal effect. This is because muscles require time to shrink after the injections. In some cases I perform dermal fillers & skin tightening 4-6 weeks after injections to relax the masseter muscle.

Repeated injections may be required at 6 weeks if you have any imbalance. In this situation you only require ⅕ of the initial dose of injections.

Davin’s Viewpoint on Facial Slimming

Facial slimming with injectables & energy devices can enhance your profile & aesthetics.

As a guide, for females we ideally want a soft tapered ‘V shape contour. In the majority of times this can be achieved with non-surgical slimming using muscle relaxing injections.  The strategic use of dermal fillers (where appropriate), can highlight the cheekbones & provide a nice transition from the jawline to the chin.

In patients close to 30 or over, facial slimming should always be conducted in parallel with skin tightening as slimming can result in increased laxity. My go to device is known as microfocused ultrasound or high intensity focused ultrasound. This machine tightens the deeper layers of skin, whilst preserving the upper layer.

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