Insights on Facial Sculpting – An Interview with Dr. Terence Tan
Facial sculpting can be achieved with both invasive and non-invasive procedures, and it can help to shape and contour our facial features. For non-invasive options, aesthetic doctors can use botulinum neuromodulators (commonly known as “Botox”) and dermal fillers to sculpt patients’ facial features.
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Q: Hi Dr. Tan, is facial sculpting, or facial contouring common in Singapore? Is the treatment frequently requested in your clinic?
A: Facial contouring or facial sculpting is one of the most common requests amongst my patients. While most of my patients have an idea what they like, very frequently, patients rely on my opinion on what we can do and how we can achieve the desired results. I believe that the best outcomes occur when the patient’s opinion is aligned with the doctor’s expertise.
Q: What is your approach towards facial sculpting?
A: My approach to facial sculpting is largely dependent on the patient’s existing face shape and age. Most patients would already know what neuromodulators like botox and dermal fillers (like hyaluronic acid fillers) do and I would concentrate on discussing what treatments we need to do to achieve the desired results.
But for those who do not know, botulinum neuromodulators like botox, is injected to relax muscles resulting in less wrinkles on the face. Weakening of the jaw muscle can also slim the jawline by reducing the size of the jaw muscle over time. Dermal fillers , on the other hand, can be used to plump up the skin to add volume to sunken areas on the face, lift sagging skin and smooth out the lines for a more youthful look.
For younger Asian faces
Younger Asian faces are generally rounder and wider. A good approach would be to sharpen the jawline. This can be done via chin, and possibly nose sharpening by dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid fillers. These come in various brands like Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero. Most dermal fillers come in various models, and the main difference is in the firmess or hardness of the filler. In general, younger patients have good skin texture and want sharp features, so a firmer filler like Juvederm Volux, Restylane Lyft or Belotero intense is good. Jaw reduction with botulinum neuromodulators like Botox, Xeomin or Dysport is also commonly done. In asia, skin tightening by using small doses of neuromodulator to tighten skin is also a common procedure. This procedure has various names like microbotox, dermalift, and botox lift, for example. They generally refer to the same procedure.
For younger Caucasian faces
For the younger Caucasian faces, my approach is different. Caucasian faces are generally longer and narrower. The emphasis is generally to widen the cheekbones to give the face a more structured look.
For mature patients
For more mature patients, the approach needs to be slightly different. Treatments tend to be the focused on anti-aging as wrinkles are starting to appear and skin has started to sag. Botox jaw reduction tends to be less effective and may even be inappropriate as the face needs the jaw muscle to lift and support the loose skin. Skin tightening becomes more important. Skin tightening procedures like Ultherapy is probably most commonly done for these patients in our clinic. Dermal fillers that we choose are generally softer and are directed more towards wrinkles and areas with volume loss due to aging. Fillers to the undereye area or tear trough, the smile lines or nasolabial lines, lines near our mouth or marionette lines, and filler to the temples are the most common. The aim in these patients is to restore a smooth contour of the face. Of course, mature Asian patients would also benefit from dermal filler of the chin.
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