3 Ways To Get A More V-Shaped Face Without SurgeryJuly 24, 2020
Since Facetune became a popular influencer tool (and was subsequently banned from Instagram), the heart-shaped or V-lined face seems to have become a new icon of beauty. Speculation has been rife online about celebrities, from Adele to Sophie Turner, who have suspiciously slimmer, more v-lined faces than they used to, and the fact that they haven’t had surgery. Maybe it’s Photoshop, but possibly, it’s non-surgical facial contouring.
What is Facial Contouring and How Does It Work?
Facial contouring is a non-invasive practice of reshaping the face without surgery. It may involve one or a combination of three common methods:
- Ultrasound energy to reduce fat around the jawline
- Anti-wrinkle injections to reduce the masseter muscles in the cheeks
- Dermal filler to add definition.
Our facial structures are all unique, but if you want to add a bit of contour and shaping without surgery, here’s how it can be done.
Facial Slimming with Ultrasound
Ultraformer is a technology that’s popular for anti-ageing, but it can also be effective for fat reduction. It uses high-intensity focussed ultrasound (HIFU) to stimulate collagen in your skin, which keeps the skin young and elastic, and prevents sagging.
When applied with a deeper setting, Ultraformer can be used to zap the fat cells in specific locations beneath your skin. Your body then sees those cells as a waste product and removes them naturally.
What makes Ultraformer such a remarkable technology is that it allows your provider to target specific depths and locations precisely.
By removing some of the fat around the jawline, you can achieve a less-rounded, more v-lined appearance while also helping to keep your skin tighter and more youthful at the same time.
Sometimes, a larger masseter (or jaw muscle) can give your face a rounded appearance, and surprisingly, this can be adjusted with anti-wrinkle injections.
Anti-wrinkle injections partially relax the muscles where they’re administered. When injected into the large, meaty masseter muscles, you can still speak and chew, but the muscle doesn’t work as much, so it becomes smaller, and your face doesn’t look as round.
As a bonus, people who have this treatment also tend to stop grinding their teeth because the muscles are more relaxed.
Dermal fillers come in varying degrees of thickness; the thinner fillers are more often used for lips because they move more naturally, but the thicker ones can be used for adjusting the shape of your facial features, such as the non-surgical nose job.
When it comes to Facial Contouring, dermal fillers can be used to shape the bottom curve of the chin, so you get the appearance of a slightly elongated, more heart-shaped face.
They can also be used to add definition to the shape of your mandible (the lower jaw bone). Oftentimes, women prefer to enhance the top corners of the v-line in their jaw, for a more angular appearance, but it’s also common for men to request fillers for a more squared jawline or to project their chin slightly forward to reduce roundness and add definition.
The technique is done using a cannula to prevent marks or bruising, and it’s important to have a follow-up appointment the day after treatment so that your doctor or nurse injector can ensure the filler is settling well.
Is Facial Contouring Safe?
The treatments discussed above are widely regarded as safe so long as they’re performed by a qualified provider who has extensive training and experience.
Injectable treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, are a medical procedure, and all medical procedures can carry some risk, so it’s important to have a consultation before going ahead with treatment, and ask about your provider’s experience.
Is Non-Surgical Facial Contouring Permanent?
Ultraformer slims the face by eradicating fat cells, and once those fat cells are gone, they’re gone permanently. The few fat cells that remain can accumulate some fat, but this is rare for the face.
Anti-wrinkle injections do wear off, and over time, there is a chance that your masseter muscles can eventually start to grow again, but this generally takes significant amounts of time.
Dermal Fillers can last 1-3 years, depending on the type of filler and where it’s placed. They’re made from a substance that occurs naturally in your skin’s moisture barrier, so your body can metabolise them, but this happens over a longer period of time.
When used in areas that have less movement, such as the nose or chin, dermal fillers tend to last longer compared to areas with lots of movement, such as the lips.
Which Facial Contouring Treatment Is Best?
It depends on the shape and structure of your natural face. Ultraformer and anti-wrinkle injections can both slim the face, but one does so by shrinking muscles and the other by shrinking fat.
Dermal fillers don’t exactly slim the face, but they can create the appearance of a slimmer face by enhancing structure and elongation.
Some clients use a combination of treatments for a more pronounced result.
Have your heart set on a more V-lined face?
Since we’re all unique, the best way to get a v-lined face is to start with an assessment with a qualified professional who can discuss which treatment options are best for you.
Come in for a complimentary, obligation-free consultation with one of our qualified cosmetic doctors and nurses.