2 Non-Invasive Face Slimming Treatments in Singapore
Call it the luck of the draw. We’re born with varying face shapes and sizes. Some of us are lucky, gifted with a naturally well-defined set of facial features that look slim and youthful.
Others, not so lucky. Especially with genetically broader, shorter and weaker facial characteristics common among East Asians. There is a strong cultural demand for East Asian women and even men to undergo face slimming treatments such as jaw augmentations, chin projections, buccal fat removal, and so on.
We also try all ways and means on our own with limited results, like doing intense cardio exercises, reducing salt intake to prevent water retention and face bloating, dieting and cutting back on sugar, sleeping adequately, and even resorting to face contouring massages. All for the goal of having sharper looking faces.
But East Asians are not alone in this demand for a taut and defined V-shape face. This opinion is also mirrored by older Caucasians.
In our youth (more so with Caucasians and to a lesser degree East Asians), our faces sport a youthful V-shaped triangle, with skin that is taut and firm. As we age, our skin sags, and the youthful V-shape inverts, now with a broader lower half of the face. This inversion of the youthful V may suggest why people desire to maintain or achieve a slim v-shaped face.
In our quest to achieve that youthful and slim V-face, many treatments and methods were invented. Plastic surgery is an obvious one that comes to mind; but it is a drastic and irreversible measure with a long downtime and associated risks.
But with technological advancements, face slimming no longer just means reducing the amount of fat in your face or shaving off your jaw bone. Now, you have non-surgical options to remove fats, lift and tighten skin, rejuvenate ageing tissues, and contour and augment facial features.
Below we share several effective non-surgical face slimming treatments available in Singapore:
Minimally invasive and non-surgical, Botox jaw reduction helps you slim down your face by working on squarish boxy jaws.
Genetics aside, square jaws can appear with time as you use your jaw muscles to chew and clench, resulting in overdeveloped jaw muscles.
How face slimming can be achieved is with Botox injections on both sides of the jaw, specifically targeting the masseter muscles. Botox relaxes the overactive and bulky masseter muscles. This is a simple “lunchtime” procedure which takes less than a minute to perform.
Gradually, these muscles slacken, letting the jawline reduce in size and sharpen in shape. When this is contrasted with the cheekbones, the face looks sharper and more defined overall.
Results of face slimming with Botox can last anywhere between 6-9 months, and may take 2-4 weeks to fully realise.
Price of Botox Face Slimming & Jaw Reduction starts from $750.
Having a well-defined jawline is vital to projecting a slim and youthful V-shaped face.
However, not everyone is born with a razor sharp jawline and projected chin. Fat deposits around the jawline and under the chin (submental fat) can make the face appear to “melt” into the neck, giving you an undefined, or round and fat looking face.
This is where chin and jawline fillers can help. While not technically face slimming, dermal fillers can help give your face an illusion of a slimmer face by defining your jawline better.
This is achieved by injecting dissolvable dermal fillers to sculpt the jawline. At the same time, chin fillers are injected into the chin to give it more projection and also to sharpen the face. This helps you achieve the youthful and slimmer V-shape face.
Price of Chin & Jawline Filler start from $800/syringe.
HIFU is a non-invasive technology that effectively tightens and contours sagging skin on the face without any surgery or downtime.
Not only does HIFU boost your skin’s elastin and collagen production, it can achieve face slimming by tightening your double chin, lifting saggy cheeks, and toning up the lower half of your face for a sharper, more defined V-shape.
This is done by focusing ultrasound waves that penetrate deeply into the skin without harming the skin surface. It can even reach the SMAS (Superficial MusculoAponeurotic System), the same skin depth plastic surgeons work on in a surgical face lift.
The focused ultrasound waves generate heat in the targeted area, stimulating your collagen fibres to thicken and tighten, which lifts the skin. This gives you an illusion of a slimmer face.
HIFU technology is used by many brands for cosmetic purposes, with the FDA-cleared Ultherapy being one of the first. At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we carry a Korean HIFU brand as well as Ultherapy.
Price of HIFU V-Shape Face Sculpting (from 600 shots) starts at $1500.
Price of Ultherapy V-Shape Face Sculpting (Cheeks + Jawline + Double Chin) starts at $3000.
The Fotona 4D / 5D Laser is a non-invasive laser treatment that not only improves sagging skin in the lower half of the face, but it can also address skin laxity, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and skin texture; utilising 4 different laser technologies in one treatment session.
In particular, Fotona’s proprietary SmoothLiftin™ mode helps lift and tighten sagging jowls, cheeks, and chin for a more defined V-shape face, without any downtime.
It works by delivering non-ablative laser energy inside the oral cavity, such as the underside of your cheeks. This generates controlled heating in the intra-oral area, stimulating collagen contraction and production. From the outside, PIANO and FRAC3 modes further tighten your skin while the Er:YAG laser improves your skin’s texture.
The result? A visibly lifted and tightened midface region and chin, added skin plumpness similar to a filler treatment, and marked improvements to nasolabial folds.
For optimal results, we recommend 3 sessions on average. The exact number of sessions can be determined during the doctor’s consultation.
Price of Fotona 4D/5D Laser Lift & Rejuvenation starts from $800 for 4D – and from $1200 per session for 5D.
Thread Lifting is a technique of using absorbable surgical threads to lift sagging skin and other soft tissues for a more defined V-shape face.
As we age, gravity and changes in our facial bone means we lose the supporting structures that keep the overlying soft tissues such as fat, skin, and ligaments taut and in place. This ageing process causes the soft tissues to sag and move, resulting in saggy cheeks and jowls.
By placing dissolvable threads deep underneath the skin at targeted areas, the displaced soft tissues are lifted, resulting in a sharpening of the jawline. The threads provide two kinds of lifting benefits: the mechanical lift of the thread itself, and the stimulation of collagen due to the threads. This face slimming benefit can potentially last for 1-2 years.
Price of V-Face Thread Lift starts from $1000.
From $800 for 4D – $1200 for 5D /session
The Fotona 4D/5D Laser is a non-invasive laser treatment that not only improves sagging skin in the lower half of the face, but it can also address skin laxity, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and skin texture
[21 May 2020] Written by Dr. Kelvin Chua
Dr Kelvin Chua started his surgical training in Australia, teaching for several years in the hospitals, and spent time in dermatology and surgical rotations.
Over the course of 15 years, Kelvin has since performed more than 1,000 successful cases of liposuction procedures and Botox and filler treatments under his belt. With a keen interest in non-invasive facial contouring and lifting techniques as well as liposuction for body contouring procedures, he also performs HIFU, Thermage FLX, Fractional CO2 laser, Radiofrequency, hair loss management & treatment, as well as moles and lumps removal.
With a strong passion for inspiring others through teaching, Kelvin is a motivational speaker at Republic Polytechnic, an appointed trainer for aesthetic institutions and cosmeceutical companies, and is a mentor to aspiring aesthetic doctors.
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