By THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL, MD
Special to The Nation
Is loose skin around your chin and jawline causing you to appear older than you actually are? In the past, the only procedure that could smooth out folds or wrinkles, and manipulate a well-defined jawline was a facelift. But now, just give a dermatologist a syringe of filler and she can reshape your jawline and soften the wrinkles without surgery.
The most versatile and popular filler nowadays is hyaluronic acid based. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and therefore there’s no risk of allergic reaction. You probably think of hyaluronic acid filler as something only for wrinkles.
But hyaluronic acid technology has moved on in recent years. HA fillers have the ability to lift, sculpt and define the jawlines of both men and women, especially with the latest injection technique.
For a V-shape jawline and to slim down the face, a thick HA filler is required to provide lift and superior support. Jawline sculpting can be divided into three main treatment areas: the angle of the mandible, the peri-jowl region and the chin. If your chin is a bit too short in relation to the rest of the face, the dermatologist may enhance it with a filler injection.
The longer chin and contoured jawline can create a gentle curve that feminises the face.
Another treatment area is the lateral cheeks. With a deeper placement, the filler creates a lifting effect and provides backward traction of the loose skin in your lower face, making the appearance of nasolabial folds less noticeable.
For those who aren’t interested in a surgical procedure, this approach is very effective at facial lifting, diminishing wrinkles and creating a more defined jawline.
It can also give the illusion of a slimmer face if you have more of a distinction between face to neck. Filler is what replaces bone, and bone is what gives a more contoured or slimmer look. The results are immediate and last from six to eight months depending on the filler of choice and your body’s response.
With a focus on anatomical dangers, this technique can provide a safe treatment as long as you choose the right kind of products and have the work done by an experienced dermatologist.
It can achieve a good aesthetic outcome too. This means resculpting your face to add the softness, volume and structure it needs, so that afterwards you just look |like yourself – only more youthful.
THANISORN |THAMLIKITKUL MD is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions for her to firstname.lastname@example.org