The Art of Facial Slimming Without Surgery
- Posted on: Apr 4 2019
As the expression goes, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. At MunkMD Dermatology clinic, we recognize that beauty lies not only in the beholder, but in the mind and heart of the beheld. If you have found yourself struggling with your natural beauty, wishing your face had a slimmer, more sculpted appearance, we’ve got you covered. Many of the non-surgical treatments we do here at MunkMD Dermatology clinic contribute to a slimming effect to the face, usually to address low or weak cheekbones, weight held in the face, sudden weight gain, or jaw clenching and grinding.
Here are our insights into the art of non-surgical facial slimming:
Masseter muscle injections
By injecting neuromodulators into the masseter muscles (the muscles that connect the jawbone with the cheekbones), we can release the tension in the muscles, which in turn reduces the wideness of the jaw. These muscles are responsible for chewing and grinding, and can either be wide naturally or become that way if a patient has a tendency to clench their jaw. This treatment takes about two weeks for full effects to appear, and lasts approximately four to six months.
Please note that it’s always important to go to an experienced injector with knowledge of the anatomical structures of the face.
Strategic placement of fillers in different areas of the face can contribute to a slimming effect. For someone with flat cheeks or a round face, we would recommend placing some fillers at the cheekbones which will give the cheeks more definition and make the face look more heart-shaped. Injections in the tip of the chin can also elongate the face and contribute to a more slim, sculpted appearance.
After receiving injections, we recommend not engaging in strenuous physical activity for a day or two to reduce the possibility of swelling. Otherwise, and barring the slight possibility of bruising at the injection site, there is no downtime.
Double-chin reduction and neck skin tightening
These two treatments are slightly different, but contribute to the same effect: a tighter and more defined chin and neck. The neck is an often overlooked area that can reveal our age. As we age crepey skin and wrinkles appear, and if we gain weight we might develop a little pouch of fat just under the chin. To target double chins we use the CoolSculpting treatment, which freezes fat for easier absorption into the body, and to lift and tighten the skin we use Ulthera, a lifting treatment which helps tighten the skin. Both are nonsurgical, fairly comfortable treatments that have no downtime and lasting results.
As you can see, there are several ways to achieve a slimming effect for the face. The beauty of these treatments, and Dr. Munk’s approach, is that they take into account the overall balance of the facial features. The art lies in maintaining this balance and augmenting your natural beauty. If you have any questions or are interested in any treatments mentioned here, feel free to reach out to us by phone or through our online form.
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