A slim face is a feature of youth and beauty. Over time the structures of the face change. Fortunately, we can reverse some of these changes with Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. When injected into the skin Botox will relax the muscles and smoothen out the overlying wrinkles. The most common areas of treatment with Botox are in the upper face. These include the horizontal lines seen on the upper forehead when you raise your eyebrows, the vertical lines seen between the brows when you frown (frown lines), and the crow's feet seen around your eyes when you smile. Full results are seen two weeks after a Botox treatment and most people enjoy their results for three to four months.
What is the ideal facial shape?
The ideal shape of a face depends on a number of things. First it is different between men and women. And second, there are some differences from culture to culture. In the United States, the ideal shape for a female is that of a heart. In a heart-shaped face the mid-face is widest where the cheeks project outward near the ears and the lower face tapers down to a point at the chin. In men, on the other hand, a square lower face with a well-defined jawline is more desirable.
What changes the shape of the face over time?
There are many things that affect the shape and appearance of the face which change over time. As mentioned, the cheeks should be prominent. Over time the fat pads in the cheek get smaller and the cheek bones move downward and inward. These make you lose the projection in the cheeks. At the same time, we lose collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin tight, firm, and youthful in appearance. Over time we stop making as much collagen and it is lost. This leads to loose skin, wrinkles, and sagging, making the face look like it is sinking down. In some people, especially those who clench or grind the teeth, a bulge can appear in the lower face, making the lower face appear wider. This is a result of using the muscle that sits in the lower face which is used to bite.
What can I do to slim my lower face?
There are a number of things you can do to slim the lower face. First fillers such as Voluma can be placed in the upper cheeks, restoring the projection and lifting the lower face. Also, laser skin tightening treatments can be done to stimulate the formation of collagen. This will tighten the skin and lift the face. Another simple treatment for those with a bulge in the lower face is with Botox. Botox works by relaxing muscles. In the upper face, when you make facial expressions you are using the muscles. Over time this leads to the formation of wrinkles such as frown lines and crow’s feet. When the muscles in the upper face are relaxed with Botox these wrinkles smoothen out. In the same way, Botox can relax the muscle that is used for biting. When relaxed it becomes smaller, making the bulge less visible. This slims the lower face. This is the treatment the patient shown here did. She got a slim lower face and she looks like she has lost weight. At the same time she no longer has pain associated with grinding of the teeth.