COMPLETE GUIDE TO V-FACE SCULPTING
In recent years, the jawline and, more generally, the lower third of the face have been at the forefront of facial aesthetics. The jawline can be a telltale sign of either youth or age, masculinity or femininity. Moreover, the jawline is that crucial transition point between the face and the neck, and global balance and symmetry of this area is frequently one of the biggest concerns of patients interested in rejuvenation. It is unsurprising then that a range of options – from nonsurgical to surgical – exists to decrease the width of the lower face.
At AIREM, we have created a customizable treatment to address these aesthetic concerns utilizing both non-surgical and surgical techniques. The V-Face Lifting and Contouring Treatment slims your chin and contours your face into the desired V-shape with a series of micro-treatments that reduces excess fat under and around your chin and tightens the fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth (jowls), chin and neck. To understand and choose among the many treatments available in V-face shaping, we have to first identify the specific concern and the goals you want to achieve. Here is where going through several scenarios can be helpful. Keep in mind that you may not fit perfectly into any of these categories and that there is no hard or fast rule regarding which of these procedures may be beneficial to you. These are merely broad guidelines.
TO UNDERSTAND AND CHOOSE AMONG THE MANY TREATMENTS AVAILABLE IN V-FACE SHAPING, WE HAVE TO FIRST IDENTIFY THE SPECIFIC CONCERN AND THE GOALS YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE.
A FEMALE PATIENT IN HER 30S WITH A WIDER AND SHORTER FACIAL SHAPE, DESCRIBED AS SQUARE OR RECTANGULAR, DESIRES NARROWING OF THE LOWER THIRD OF THE FACE.
Additionally, she has strong cheek muscles and excess fat within her cheeks, both of which contribute to the appearance of a broader face. There is also fat along and underneath her chin and jaw that obscures her underlying bony structure. For her, a number of options are available to achieve the V-line face slimming look:
- Routine neurotoxin, such as Botox, to the cheek muscles, or masseters, would gradually shrink them in size.
- Buccal fat removal, a minimally invasive procedure performed with local anesthetic in which a hidden incision is made inside the mouth over where the fat is found, would further slim the lower third of her face.
- Chin and neck liposuction would optimize the result by defining the beautiful transition from the face to the neck.
A YOUNG FEMALE PATIENT IS INTERESTED IN V-LINE CONTOURING.
This is a set of treatments designed to achieve a very specific, almost diamond shape to the lower third of the face and is quite popular among the Asian population. Many of the procedures mentioned in the previous scenario, such as neurotoxin injection into the masseter muscles and buccal fat removal, can play a significant role in V-line contouring. However, to really form that V-face shaping of the central part of the jaw, the bone, which is the deepest layer of tissue, has to be reduced. This typically involves surgically shaving down or cutting out the excess jawbone in the middle of the chin (also known as a T genioplasty) and along the jaw angles. Incisions are all hidden inside the mouth, the function of the jawbone is not affected, and patients are expected to heal without any side effects.