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Face Slimming in Singapore: Insights Into Non-Surgical and Surgical Options

What is Face Slimming?

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Face slimming is a suite of techniques designed to minimise facial fat and enhance features. These methods range from non-invasive to surgical, targeting the cheeks and chin for a defined look. They are particularly relevant for Singaporeans: as Asians, we tend to have broader, shorter facial features than our Caucasian counterparts. Curious about face slimming? Stay tuned to explore further.

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What is a V Shape Face?

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A V-shaped face, desirable in Singapore, features prominent cheekbones—those defined bone structures in the mid-face area—along with a well-defined jawline and a pointed chin. This aesthetic is sought after across genders: associated with femininity and youth in females, and a strong, defined look in males.

Achieving a V-shaped jawline often involves targeted treatments like HIFU and thread lifts, which focus on the lower face to enhance the jaw’s contour. For more information, simply message our friendly team!

Factors Affecting Face Shape

  • Genetics: Predominantly determines facial structure, influencing the prominence of cheekbones and jawline.
  • Ageing: Ageing transforms a youthful V-shape into a broader, inverted version as skin sags, counteracted by treatments like Fotona 4D laser and RF that enhance skin firmness.
  • Lifestyle Choices: Factors such as diet, exercise, and excessive drinking can impact facial fullness and alter the appearance of facial features. Supporting face slimming treatments with lifestyle choices such as a balanced diet low in sodium and regular hydration can enhance and prolong treatment effects.
  • Bruxism: Chronic teeth grinding and jaw clenching can lead to an increase in muscle size in the jaw area, resulting in a change in facial shape that may make the jawline appear wider and more square.

Fotona 4D Laser

Fotona 4D Laser uses controlled heat from laser technology to stimulate collagen production and improve skin firmness.

The “4D” in its name refers to the four different dimensions or steps of the procedure that target different layers and aspects of the skin. These steps are designed to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation. The four dimensions typically include:

  1. SmoothLiftin™ (Intraoral Tightening): Involves the use of a laser inside the mouth to tighten the skin around the cheeks and nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the mouth’s corners). It stimulates collagen production from within, helping to firm and plump the skin.
  2. FRAC3® (Rejuvenation): Targets deeper imperfections in the skin. The FRAC3® mode uses fractional laser technology (laser treats small skin areas to improve texture and tone) to address deeper skin issues such as pigmentation (skin colour caused by melanin levels), texture irregularities, and deeper wrinkles.
  3. PIANO® (Skin Tightening): Provides deep heating to the dermis (middle skin layer that provides strength and flexibility), which induces the production of collagen, a protein that keeps skin firm and elastic, hence tightening the skin. The PIANO® mode uses a unique pulse structure to ensure safe and effective deep tissue heating.
  4. SupErficial™ (Light Peel): Involves a light laser peel to improve the skin’s texture and overall appearance. It helps to remove dead skin cells and provide a smoother, more radiant skin surface.

Botox

Botox, short for botulinum toxin (a powerful substance produced by certain bacteria), is a popular non-invasive treatment. It involves injecting small amounts of the toxin into targeted facial muscles to temporarily relax them, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It works by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Results typically start to show within a few days and can last for several months.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, such as chin fillers and jawline fillers, are injectable gels made from substances like hyaluronic acid or biocompatible materials. They’re used to add volume to the face, filling in wrinkles and enhancing facial contours by restoring lost volume. They can be used to plump lips, define cheekbones, and restore youthful fullness to areas affected by ageing. Results are immediate and can last from several months to over a year, depending on the type of filler used.

Thread Lift

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A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses biocompatible threads to lift and rejuvenate facial contours. The threads are inserted into the skin and gently pulled to lift sagging skin, providing an immediate lifting effect. Over time, the threads stimulate collagen production, resulting in long-lasting improvements in skin firmness and elasticity.

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HIFU

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HIFU, which stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a non-surgical procedure. The term “high intensity” refers to the powerful ultrasound waves used, while “focused” describes how these waves are concentrated into a specific area. It utilises focused ultrasound energy to penetrate deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and resulting in skin tightening and lifting. Results develop gradually over several months and can last for up to a year or more.

Buccal Fat Removal (Bichectomy)

Buccal fat removal, also known as Bichectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat pads from the cheeks. The term “buccal” specifically refers to the cheek area.  This results in a slimmer, more contoured appearance to the face. Recovery involves some swelling and bruising, but the results are permanent.

Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation can be achieved through injectable fillers or surgical reshaping. Fillers provide temporary enhancement by adding volume to the chin, while surgical options offer permanent results by altering the bone structure. Recovery time varies depending on the chosen method.

Submental Liposuction

Liposuction refers to the surgical removal of fat from specific body areas. Submental liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from under the chin and neck area. By contouring the jawline and reducing the appearance of a double chin, it creates a more defined facial profile. Recovery involves minimal downtime, with permanent fat removal.

Dermalift

Dermalift is a non-invasive procedure that revitalises the skin using microcurrent therapy (low-level electrical currents that stimulate facial muscles), ultrasound, and radiofrequency (heats deeper layers of skin). It stimulates collagen production, tightens the skin, and improves overall skin texture. Each session typically lasts 30-60 minutes with minimal downtime.

Jawline Radiofrequency

Jawline radiofrequency is a non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and contour the jawline. By stimulating collagen production, it improves skin elasticity and defines facial contours. Sessions typically last 30 to 90 minutes with minimal to no downtime.

Jaw Shaving (Mandibular Contouring)

Jaw shaving, or mandibular contouring, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the lower jaw for a more streamlined profile. It is performed under general anaesthesia and results in a narrower, more refined jawline after recovery, which includes managing swelling and following a soft diet initially.

Other Face Slimming Treatments

  • Face slimming creams in Singapore often contain ingredients like caffeine and collagen, which help reduce puffiness and improve skin elasticity, enhancing facial contours.
  • In addition to creams, face slimming serums can be a potent part of your skincare routine, with formulations rich in peptides and hyaluronic acid to tighten and hydrate the skin.

Our team of experienced doctors at DrHaach is here to provide personalised advice tailored to your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. We’re here to guide you through the most appropriate procedures for your desired results.

Conditions Face Slimming Can Treat

  • Square Jaw: Face slimming treatments reduce the size of the masseter muscles (jaw muscles used for chewing and clenching) or remove excess jaw fat, creating a more tapered and refined jawline. Botox injections can also help by relaxing these muscles.
  • Lack of Facial Contour: Injectables and contouring techniques enhance facial angles, creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing face shape. Dermal fillers and Fotona 4D Laser are effective options.
  • Sagging Skin: Non-surgical tightening treatments like HIFU stimulate collagen production, lifting and firming the skin for a more youthful appearance. Thread lifts and jawline radiofrequency can also tighten sagging skin.
  • Double Chin: Treatments such as lipolysis (process where fat cells are broken down into smaller molecules) or ultrasound therapy (uses sound waves for treatment) break down fat deposits under the chin, resulting in a slimmer neck and chin area. Submental liposuction can also be used for fat removal.
  • Excess Facial Fat: Procedures like buccal fat removal or liposuction remove unwanted fat, sculpting a leaner and more defined facial structure. Dermalift and chin augmentation can further enhance contours.
  • Bulky Cheeks: Techniques such as buccal fat removal slim down prominent cheeks, giving the face a more delicate and streamlined look. Jaw shaving (mandibular contouring) can also reduce cheek bulk.
  • Uneven Jawline: Treatments address asymmetry by reshaping or refining the jawline, resulting in a more symmetrical and attractive appearance. Chin augmentation and jawline radiofrequency are common treatments.

Face Slimming Procedure

Embark on your face slimming journey confidently with expert guidance through pre-procedure preparations, the treatment process, and post-care tips.

Before the Procedure

  • Personal Consultation: Discuss your goals and concerns with a qualified practitioner.
  • Medication Avoidance: Be mindful of blood-thinning medications and supplements to prevent bruising.
  • Pre-Procedure Instructions: Follow specific guidelines provided by your practitioner, such as fasting requirements.

During the Procedure

  • Facial Evaluation: Expert assessment of your facial anatomy to identify treatment areas.
  • Comfort Assurance: Application of numbing cream or local anaesthetic for minimal discomfort.
  • Treatment Techniques: Various methods employed to contour and slim your jawline.
  • Time Efficiency: Procedures typically take less than an hour for your convenience.

Post-Treatment Care and Maintenance

Following your face slimming treatment, it’s important to take care of your skin and follow post-treatment guidelines provided by your practitioner. This may include:

  • Avoiding excessive sun exposure and using sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Using gentle skincare products and avoiding harsh chemicals or exfoliants.
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise or activities that may increase sweating for a certain period as advised by your practitioner.

Face Slimming Treatment Benefits

  • Greater Confidence: Which shines through in every aspect of life: relationships, friendships, work. Enhanced confidence in social situations makes it easier for you to express yourself without inhibition, and be your best self around others.
  • Facial Muscle Relaxation: Certain treatments target overactive muscles to prevent a square jaw appearance.
  • Improved Skin Elasticity: Promotes collagen production for firmer and more elastic skin.
  • Balanced Skin Tone: Some treatments help in reducing dark spots and evening out your complexion for a more balanced skin tone.

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Am I a Good Candidate For Face Slimming?

Here’s a concise point-form guide to determining if you are a good candidate for face slimming:

  • Desire for Contoured Jawline: Ideal if seeking a more defined facial profile.
  • Healthy Skin Elasticity: Best results in individuals with moderately elastic skin.
  • Stable Weight: Should be at or near ideal body weight based on BMI, muscle mass and other factors.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understanding the achievable results.
  • Good Overall Health: Free from conditions that impair healing.
  • Non-Smoker: Smoking can complicate both the procedure and recovery.

Face Slimming Treatment Risks

  • Oedema: You might experience fluid retention, leading to puffiness.
  • Bruising: Risk of bruising at injection sites.
  • Erythema: Possible skin rash after treatment.
  • Nodules: Small, hard lumps may form.
  • Muscle Weakness: Difficulty in chewing or speaking.
  • Vascular Occlusion: Rare, may cause skin necrosis.

Choosing a reputable beauty clinic mitigates risks. Consider online reviews and compare options to ensure safety and satisfaction.

Face Slimming Treatment Complications

  • Infection risk: Any invasive procedure, such as plastic surgery, can lead to infection.
  • Swelling: Treatments can cause temporary bloatedness in facial tissues.
  • Impact on fat stores: Liposuction may unevenly reduce facial fat.
  • Asymmetry or drooping: Uneven Botox injections may cause facial imbalance.
  • Nerve damage: In the worst case scenario, incorrect injections can affect facial nerves.

Face Slimming Treatment Cost in Singapore

Treatment

Cost Range (SGD)

Botox

$200 – $1,000 per area

Fotona 4D Laser

$800 – $1,500 per session

Dermal Fillers

Jawline fillers: S$600 – S$1,200 per syringe
Chin fillers: S$600 – S$1,000 per syringe

Thread Lift

S$1,000 – S$8,000

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound)

$1,000 – $4,000

Buccal Fat Removal

$2,500 – $6,000

Chin Augmentation

Chin implants: S$4,000 – S$6,500

Genioplasty: S$9,000 – S$15,000

Submental Liposuction

$1,000 – $3,000 per session

Dermalift

Starts from $500

Jawline Radiofrequency

$500 – $1,500 per session

Jaw Shaving (Mandibular Contouring)

$15,000 – $20,000

Face Slimming Creams/Serums

$20 – several hundred dollars

Please be aware that the costs provided above are approximate and may not encompass additional expenses such as consultation fees, medication costs, and other related charges.

Why Choose DrHaach's Face Slimming Treatment?

  • Personalisation: At Dr. Haach, we understand that each individual is unique. Therefore, we offer aesthetic solutions tailored to the specific needs of both women and men. For our face slimming service, we ensure that each plan is individually tailored, reflecting our commitment to personal care.
  • Holistic Approach: Our methods are designed to enhance both the aesthetic and functional aspects of facial features. This means that our face slimming service not only aims to slim down the face but also to enhance your overall look and feel.
  • Safety and Efficiency: We adhere to the highest standards of safety and effectiveness in all our treatments. This ensures that our face slimming service is not only safe but also effective in delivering the desired results.

Please note that while we strive to provide the best service, individual results may vary based on various factors such as skin type, lifestyle, and more. It’s always best to have a consultation with our professionals to understand what you can expect from the treatment.

Lifestyle Tips for a Slimmer Face

In addition to face slimming treatments, adopting a healthy lifestyle can further enhance your results and maintain the health of your skin. This includes:

  • Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to provide essential nutrients for skin health.
  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water to maintain skin elasticity and promote overall well-being.
  • Protecting your skin from sun damage by wearing sunscreen daily and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.
  • Getting enough sleep to allow your skin to regenerate and repair itself overnight.

Face Slimming Before and After Photos

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Subsidies or coverage for cosmetic face slimming treatments, including from health insurance or Medisave, are generally unavailable in Singapore. However, some clinics may offer payment plans to make procedures more accessible.

Results from face slimming treatments typically become visible gradually over several weeks to months, varying based on the specific treatment used and individual response.

Non-surgical face slimming results vary in duration: procedures like lasers and skin tightening can maintain effects for up to 6 months. Repeat treatments are often necessary for sustained outcomes.

These factors can cause the loss or lack of a V-shaped face:

 

  • A short, flat chin
  • A broad, square jaw resulting in a boxy facial contour
  • Skin sagging due to ageing

Facial fullness when skinny can be due to genetic predispositions or water retention, influenced by diet and lack of targeted facial exercises. Managing hydration and salt intake helps.

Non-surgical face slimming treatments like Botox typically require maintenance every 3-4 months after an initial observation period of 4-6 weeks. Consult a licensed practitioner for a tailored treatment plan.

The number of face slimming sessions varies depending on the individual and the treatment type. Generally, 4-6 consecutive sessions with 1 week interval are recommended.

To lose facial fat quickly, engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, adjust diet to reduce salt and sugar intake, and stay hydrated. Consultation with a personal trainer for targeted exercises is recommended.

Losing weight can make the face appear prettier by defining features like cheekbones and jawline, though results vary among individuals.

Yes, to a small extent. Gua sha (刮痧) tools are massage tools used to scrape the skin gently to promote lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. In the context of facial slimming, these tools can be used to temporarily reduce puffiness and enhance facial contours by promoting circulation and reducing fluid retention.

Yes, you can put on makeup after face slimming treatment. However, for some treatments, it’s best to avoid makeup for the first day to allow nutrients from the treatment to penetrate deep into your skin.

Yes, to a limited extent. Face slimming exercises, such as jaw releases and chin lifts, can strengthen facial muscles, leading to a more defined face shape over time.

Facial slimming masks and devices provide non-invasive, temporary contouring by promoting lymphatic drainage and reducing puffiness. Useful for enhancing professional treatments or alone, choose based on material quality, user reviews, and skincare compatibility.

Medical References

Almukhtar, Rawaa, and Sabrina G. Fabi. “The Masseter Muscle and Its Role in Facial Contouring, Aging, and Quality of Life: A Literature Review.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/PSEF CD Journals, vol. 143, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 39e–48e, doi:10.1097/prs.0000000000005083.

Olivieri, Petra, et al. “Aesthetic Facial Surgery and Orthodontics.” Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, vol. 32, no. 1, Feb. 2020, pp. 153–65, doi:10.1016/j.coms.2019.09.004.

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