Why is a V-Shaped face desired?
As we age, the fat pads beneath our skin shifts, and our skin loses its laxity. This combination leads to an inverted triangle of youth. A V-shaped face refers to an oval face that narrows down to a sharp end at the chin. This face shape is seen as desirable as it makes the face appear slimmer, more youthful, and feminine.
What can I do to achieve a V-Shaped face?
The most common non-invasive method for achieving a slimmer face shape is masseter btx injection. The masseter muscle is a muscle used during mastication (chewing). By paralyzing the muscle with toxin injections, this muscle is weakened and reduces in size, giving the appearance of a slimmer jawline. This is most suitable for patients with bulky masseter muscles.
The procedure also benefits those who have bruxism ( teeth grinding), reducing long-term damage to the teeth enamel and reducing the frequency of tensions headaches as a result of teeth-grinding.
Pain Level: 1/10
Treatment Duration: 10 – 30 minutes, depending on numbing time.
Results in: 3 – 4 weeks
Ultherapy (Skin Tightening Treatment)
For patients who are experiencing lower face sagging e.g prominent jowls due to skin laxity and fat shifting, skin tightening procedures such as Ultherapy may be a more suitable alternative to achieve a slimmer tighter face.
Pain Level: 4/10
Treatment Duration: 1.5 hours – 2 hours
Downtime: None – 1 week
Results in: 10 – 12 weeks
If you have a weak profile or a recessed chin, fillers may be able to help you achieve a more balanced face, and also shape a V-shaped face for you when injected into the chin area.
Pain Level: 2/10
Results in: Instantly
A combination of the above treatments may also apply to a single person, depending on existing facial structure.
How often do I have to do these to maintain a V-Shaped face?
After treatment, it takes around two weeks to start seeing a reduction in muscle activity. Reduction in muscle bulk starts becoming noticeable four weeks post-treatment, and you will start noticing slimming of the jawline. Effects of the procedure last between 4-6 months depending on your metabolism. Patients often opt to do twice yearly treatments to maintain the effects of treatment.
As ageing occurs daily, one may find that over time, the tightening effects are slowly going away. Patients typically come back once a year for maintenance.
Fillers last between 9 – 12 months, and patients usually come back at the 9-month mark for a touch up before it is completely reabsorbed by the body.