3 procedures to help with your facial contouring
Our face is our first impression on the world – and on ourselves every day in the mirror. If your cheeks, jawline, or nose profile aren’t what you want them to be, that daily reminder can be a challenge. Thankfully, there’s a non-surgical way to add shape and definition to our facial features, empowering us to face the day with confidence.
Why is there a change in the contours of the face?
The oval of the face loses its shape for several reasons:
– the main reason is age-related changes. The skin becomes less elastic over time as the synthesis of elastin and collagen slows down starting from the age of 35.
One of the most vulnerable parts of the body is the neck. Thin skin and an unexpressed subcutaneous fat layer in this area are a condition for rapid tissue dehydration;
– Genetics plays an important role in the loss of clarity of facial lines. If women in the family begin to age early, it is necessary to take preventive measures after the 30s;
– Fluctuations in weight also negatively affect the clarity of the contours. Gaining weight causes the skin to stretch all over the body, including the face. On the other hand, drastic weight loss leads to sagging skin as it does not have enough time to adapt to the changes. That is why it is recommended to lose weight gradually.
– Excess fluid in the body is another reason for the fuzzy oval of the face. If a person likes to eat spicy, salty, and sweet foods, excess fluid accumulates in the body and swelling appears, the face becomes rounded, and the skin is loose.
– The wrong posture makes you constantly slouch. This leads not only to a change in the position of the spine. Posture affects the shape of the face – the position of the neck changes, and hence the chin, mouth, and cheeks.
– Ultraviolet rays “drain” collagen in the skin.
– If a woman uses skincare products that do not match her skin type and other characteristics of the body, such as age, they begin to work in the opposite direction – the skin becomes loose and sags. Inadequate hydration and cleansing also play a negative role.
When is the face oval correction needed?
Most often, the correction of the oval is carried out with age-related disorders. After 25 years, the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid decreases – these are substances that are responsible for the elasticity and youthfulness of the skin. As a result of this and other aging processes, the skin becomes flabbier, begins to sag, and fine wrinkles start to appear. These changes become noticeable at different ages – for some people they are noticeable at the age of 40-45, and for some – after 30.
However, some cosmetic procedures are carried out to improve some individual characteristics. For example, there are treatments that allow you to remove the second chin, reduce the cheeks, highlight the line of the cheekbones, etc.
The main factors for facial contouring
- age-related changes;
- pronounced nasolabial folds (flews);
- deep wrinkles on the forehead;
- “crow’s feet”, wrinkles around the eyes;
- purse-string wrinkles (fine lines around the mouth);
- overhanging eyelids;
- omission of the corners of the lips;
- ptosis, sagging tissue;
- skin laxity, etc.
Procedures to help with facial contouring
There are 3 of the most effective facial contouring treatments that can help to achieve the desired results:
Face contouring fillers
Injectables can do amazing things for your appearance and facial contouring. When these cosmetic injections are performed by an expert you can contour, correct, and even change the shape and look of your face. Adding dermal filler to cheekbones will give you a lifted appearance, elongating the chin will create a more oval- or heart-shaped face, non-invasively define the jawline, make the nose bridge higher, invert downturned lips, or correct any facial asymmetries.
There are hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero), that will give volume into the areas where the volume has been lost. Fillers can be thick and thin which makes them better suited for contouring different spots on the face. If the temple area, cheekbones, jawline, or chin need correction then experts use think filler as these areas need structural support. Thinner fillers are used in the lips, nasolabial folds that run from nose to mouth, and marionette lines that happen around your chin.
There are also other fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra that work by stimulating the production of new collagen over time, and also yield successful results when it comes to volumizing the face. Fillers usually last anywhere from 3 months to 5 years, depending on the exact filler used and where in the face it’s injected.
In addition to smoothing wrinkles, Botox can be used to slim and contour the face. This can be achieved by targeting the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw. These muscles can give the face a square shape. This procedure is referred to as masseter reduction. The masseters are a set of muscles that span the mid to lower face and are responsible for chewing.
Botox can also be injected into the chin muscle to reduce wrinkling and elongate it from a frontal view. As with fillers, results aren’t permanent and the procedure needs to be repeated approximately every six months. However, with repeated use, the muscle activity stays suppressed so the muscle shrinks long-term, allowing for dramatic jawline narrowing.
Facial contouring with PDO threads
Thread lifting is the most innovative method of revitalization, restoration of facial contours, and tightening of facial skin with absorbable threads made of PDO (polydiaxonone).
PDO is utilized like most injectable fillers, a small needle is inserted into the skin which carries the actual PDO thread. The needle is removed and the PDO thread remains under the skin. The thread then promotes the body to naturally create collagen which lifts the skin. Within a short time, the thread naturally dissolves leaving new collagen in the treated area providing a non-surgical lift and rejuvenation to the skin.
The PDO thread lift is very versatile, allowing practically all areas of the face to be treated, including the:
- Under eye area
- Crow’s feet (wrinkles around eyes)
- Nasolabial folds
- Wrinkles around the mouth (smoker’s lines)
- The cheeks and lower face, in particular, benefit greatly from the procedure.
When it comes to facial contouring, there are many options in the market. The above-mentioned three procedures are considered some of the most effective ones. Your aesthetician will help you choose the right treatment for you to achieve the desired results.