A V-shaped face is perceived as more youthful and feminine than a square, prominent jawline characteristic of a masculine appearance. It is for this reason that many Asian patients with angular jaws or rectangular face go for Botulinum Toxin (or more commonly known as Botox) injections in their masseter muscles (used for chewing) to make this area look tapered and more feminine.
Botox + Dermal Fillers = Slimmer Face
The ideal female face is thought to be oval-shaped, smoothly contoured with a tapered jawline ending in a V-shaped chin. It is with this image that many Asian patients, among whom wider faces with angular jaws are common, get into a Botox clinic in Singapore (where this procedure is popular) and come out with a softer jawline.
Botox is FDA-approved for use as a forehead wrinkles treatment, so you would need a Botox specialist to inject into your masseter muscles as this is not an area where Botox is FDA-approved yet. By blocking the nerve that signals muscle movement in this area, the clenched look of the jaws relaxes, making the face appear softer and more delicate.
Slimming of the face can be achieved by combining the effects of Botox and the results of dermal fillers. Soft tissue filler injections that lift up the lower face and widen the mid-face creates more facial harmony especially for patients who have square faces. A filler doctor in Orchard area, Singapore may use chin fillers that sharpens the chin to achieve the V-shape of the face.
When You Need a Lift
There are instances where dermal fillers might not provide enough lift to sagging skin. A more dramatic result can be achieved by Silhouette Soft, an absorbable thread lift procedure which immediately lifts the area, which the doctor can further contour to achieve a balance of facial features.
The thread lift downtime is minimal to none – patients normally get this “lunch hour lift” and walk out of a medical aesthetic clinic afterwards – but the results are immediate and last for a period of 12 to 18 months as the absorbable cones trigger collagen production after the procedure has been completed.
What to Do with Sagging Jowls?
Botox injections into the masseter muscles slim the face if the jawline is not lax to begin with. But if there is laxity and Botox is injected into this area, the sag will become more prominent.
To tighten sagging jowls, a more appropriate treatment would be to use a skin lifting and tightening treatments such as Ultherapy or Titan. Ultherapy uses safe, non-invasive ultrasound therapy and infrared light, respectively, to trigger dermal activity that leads to the creation of new collagen.
Both are FDA-approved, with the Ulthera recommended for use to lift and tone the eyebrow area, the chin, the neck and the décolletage. Titan, on the other hand, is FDA-approved for dermal heating, so if you have laxity in other parts of your body such as the upper arms, abdomen and thighs, Titan can be used as skin tightening treatment for these areas, too.