While exercise and diet can produce long-lasting results, they take a while to produce visible effects. Make-up combined with massage can make your face appear slimmer if you invest the right amount of effort and time. However, if you are keen on a more permanent solution to alter the appearance of your face, then it may be worthwhile to consider surgical and cosmetic procedures. These include plastic surgery which can extensively reshape your face as well as simpler procedures such as Botox and liposuction.
Performing facial surgery is a delicate and intricate procedure. It involves aesthetic skills as well as surgical precision. An excellent plastic surgeon is as much an artist as a medical expert. Facial plastic surgery combines contouring the face to restructure the facial features to make the face appear as desired from all angles, from the front and laterally as well.
It basically addresses 4 areas of the face as indicated below and involves reducing areas of prominence by removing flesh and bone or augmenting deficient parts by surgically implanting tissue taken from other parts of the patient’s body or introducing biocompatible implants.
The 4 types of plastic surgery procedures that focus on different facial features to create a slimmer face are described below.
This procedure consists of reducing the breadth of the jaw by surgically filing down the angle of the mandible. It is performed by a hidden incision inside the mouth or from an external incision. The procedure often accompanies surgery to restructure the chin.
This surgical procedure entails reshaping the upper cheekbones by shaving and burring them as well as modifying the zygomatic arch. It may also involve cutting the arch in two different places and repositioning the angle of the cheekbones either horizontally or vertically or both.
As the name suggests, this plastic surgery is aimed at reforming the shape of the lower face to create a vertically narrower facial feature. The mandible is surgically altered by removing parts of bone to create a slimmer jawline and chin.
The shape of the mandible is modified surgically by removing parts of bone and flesh near the chin. The medical procedures include sagittal-split osteotomy, mentoplasty and genioplasty.
Botox injections are relatively simpler than plastic surgery. They are ideal for slimming the jawline and recommended for those who have large masseter muscles and a wide jaw.
Injecting Botox weakens the muscles which lead to reduction of the tissue in the area making the facial feature slimmer. The treatment may involve more than one dose of injections depending on how much of the face needs to be reduced.
Seek expert medical advice in conjunction with a facial treatment specialist to evaluate the advantages of a Botox procedure to alter the shape and size of your face.
The procedure entails removing fat using a suction method through small incisions made near the areas where changes need to be made. Fatty tissue deposited in the neck, cheeks and chin are usually the most common targets of Liposuction.
While the procedure is generally performed under general or local anaesthesia and the patient does not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure, there could be certain risks involved. Before committing to liposuction, it is important to consult with a facial treatment specialist and medical experts to ensure that the treatment is appropriate and will produce the desired results.
It is important that you consult with medical experts and surgeons to evaluate the appropriateness of which kind of surgical treatment or procedure will work for you. You also need to ensure that you are prepared physically, mentally, psychologically and financially for the change. A surgical procedure may involve different kinds of risks as well as expenses. Carefully examine and explore your options before you commit to them.