An aesthetically pleasing facial shape has always been portrayed as a face shape of an upside-down egg, oval with the widest part of the face being the cheek bones, slowly narrowing towards the chin.
Each individual has his/her own facial shape. Some may have a very angular, square jawline, while others may have chubby cheeks which make their face look round.
Some have facial volume loss, which gives them the gaunt or sharp triangular shape. Our lower facial shape is attributed by our bone, muscle, fat and skin.
Many of us desire to have a V shaped face or simply want to have a slimmer or feminine facial shape. At GEM clinic, we offer non surgical treatments to reshape your jawline, by reducing the size of muscle bulk, melting unwanted fat and also lift up saggy skin. We do not perform surgical reshaping of the jawbone.
When you come to see our friendly doctors for a consultation, we would like to understand the face shape you desire and assess if it is achievable in a clinic setting. If the undesirable face shape is due to the jawbone (mandible), we will refer you to the appropriate surgeon for further advice.
Once we assess the cause of your facial shape, whether is it due to enlarged muscle bulk (the masseters) or excess stubborn fat, we will explain the various treatment options to achieve a harmonious facial shape.
For muscle bulk reduction, we use Botoxto shrink the enlarged (hypertrophic) muscle. The slimming is gradual as the muscle starts to relax after 1 week, with maximum slimming experienced after 1 month.
The mini injections are hardly painful but you will experience a sour sensation as the solution enters the muscle. Some individuals, mostly men, have an enlarged salivary gland known as the parotid gland that can contribute to the bulky mass along the jawline. This gland can be shrunk also with Botulinum Toxin.
This is usually a one-time treatment, unless the masseter is grossly enlarged due to lifestyle habits such as chewing gum, peanuts or habitual grinding of teeth. If your face looks roundish because of facial fat (chubby cheeks), we can dissolve the fat with our mesolipo solution. This requires several sessions depending on the thickness of the facial fat pads.
The slimming effect is also gradual. We also have the option of melting various areas of facial fat with our ultrasonic device. This usually requires only one session with significant results.
Once the desired shape is achieved, we usually advise our clients to do skin tightening treatments such as
to lift and also firm up the overlying skin to achieve a more harmonious and youthful contour.