Last week i had a patient come to me bringing a wide array of slimming gels bought from all over the country. You may be asking what is so weird about that? after all slimming gels ARE all over the place. No no no..this is slightly different…because the slimming gel is for the face!! Chubby cheeks, chipmunk face, fat face, square face, big jaws, brad pitt face shape for a girl?? These are just some of the complaints I have been getting in my practice. This is a a very big issue because lately, facial slimming treatments have been one of the most sought after treatments in my center.
The concept of having a slimmer face and sharper profile for ones face is actually aesthetically very sound. The angle of ones jawline should slope 9-12 degrees to give a beautiful V shape to have a more beautiful face. If you do not believe it, look at the hollywood actresses and most of them will have a nice V face shape. Go to the toy store and look at barbie dolls. The makers of these dolls are also very up to date in their definition of beauty. Try naming some actresses who have a U face shape?… not many? Thought so…
Thankfully for the advancements of aesthetic medicine, we have now an array of treatments to slim the face. Surgery is still an option but I think it is a little too drastic an option. Right now we have in our arsenal of weapons – BOTOX! Yes BOTOX! Botox as i explained in my earlier blog is a deattenuated toxin that relaxes muscle activity. By placing botox into the mas setter muscle located just below your ear lobe we can relax that muscle and magically create a slimmer face. The reduction of muscle activity means the muscle pushes outwards less and so the jawline is leaner and sharper. There is no side effects if the botox is injected in the right muscle and you may only feel a little more tired chewing on steak or beef jerky. It is simple, almost painless and absolutely amazing. The only downside is that you need to repeat the procedure every 4-6 months. However, the longer you do it, the longer the time span in between treatments become. ( click on this link to see my husband, dr Z do botox injections in Singapore at the jaw to slim the face ).
But Doc!! Wait!! I may have strong muscles at the back of my jaw but I also have chubby cheeks all over.. This is what some of you reading this blog may be thinking. Thats true. Besides the muscle, some people really have chubby cheeks which is more fat rather than muscle. Enter ULTHERA, the latest in ultrasound technology. This wonder treatment
shoots small little pulses of ultrasound rays into the fat layer. This causes the fat layer to be ‘melted’ away and reduces the chunky chubby cheeks. Ulthera when done properly with the right depth, strength and hands will yield beautiful contouring results. We used to have to do liposuction to take the fat out of the cheeks but now with this , 30
minutes and you are done! Some people may need a few sessions but from what I have seen, no one seems to be complaining.
So There you go, botox and ulthera to give one a slimmer and more defined jawline. Fast, effective and non invasive. Its the way to go in the 21st century!
Dr. Z Teo