Facial shape

Find out how it is possible to improve facial shape with non-surgical methods

Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Quick Facts on Facial Shape

  • Facial shape is a strong determinant of perceived age.
  • Dermal fillers can be used to volumise, proportion, and reshape the face.
  • The Golden Ratio, or Phi, can be used to help achieve ideal facial proportions.
  • Jaw squareness can be reduced with anti-wrinkle injections
  • Enhancing the facial shape is an effective method of non-surgical rejuvenation of the face.

What is non-surgical facial shaping?

The facial shape is a strong determinant of one’s perceived age. As we age, volume loss of the face occurs. That is, the more youthful oval shape of the face takes on the shape of a skull. Hollowing in areas such as the temples, around the eyes, and the cheeks with age creates this appearance. Sagging of the skin produces further disproportion of the face, creating concerns such as jowls. Volume loss and sag combined cause the youthful triangular shape of the face to become more square.

Traditionally, facial shaping and face lifting has been performed exclusively by surgical means. With the advent of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, it is now possible to volumise and shape the face and make subtle yet significant changes without the need for surgery. The key difference between the non-surgical procedures and the surgical procedures is that the non-surgical procedures require little or no recovery. Furthermore, as expected, non-surgical procedures carry less risk, and require no general anaesthetic.

Reshaping the face can also be used to improve facial proportion. Areas such as the cheeks, nose or lips can be filled with dermal filler to balance facial proportions. This is done to enhance or beautify the face. The Golden Ratio, or Phi, is often used to help guide practitioners to perform treatments on the face to achieve ideal facial proportions.

What is the importance of revolumising the face?

One of the key factors that contribute to facial ageing is loss of facial volume. This is often overlooked when rejuvenating the face. When we are young, our face resembles a grape, full, smooth and firm. As we get older, we lose the volume in our face and it becomes more like a sultana.

Replacing lost volume is in many cases more important than surgically lifting the face. Lifting the face surgically without replenishing lost volume can often result in an unnatural appearance. Revolumising the face does not always replace the need for a surgical procedure, but in many cases, surgery can be avoided or delayed simply by strategic revolumisation of the face. This can be done relatively non-invasively by dermal fillers.

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Dr Gavin Chan revolumises Monica’s face, leading fitness lifestyle volume loss in the face has occurred

Tear Trough fillers

Tear troughs, or the hollows under the eyes, can make one appear tired when they are not. Through the use of dermal fillers, these can be disguised. Furthremore, the appearance of eye bags can be reduced by the placement of filler around them.

Temple filler

The temples are one of the first places to lose volume due to ageing and lead to a more skeletal appearance of the face. Replacing volume in the temples can help to restore the oval shape of the face and smooth the transition of the forehead to the cheeks.

Chin Enhancement

Chin enhancement can be performed non-surgically with dermal fillers. This can help to balance the profile, and extend the jawline. It is a good alternative to a chin implant.

Cheek Enhancement

Cheek enhancement can be performed with dermal fillers to replace the volume that has been lost with time, or to further enhance the shape of the cheeks.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Through the use of dermal fillers it is possible to straighten the appearance of the nose, including left/right deviations or bump in the nose – without surgery. For those who have lower nose bridges, dermal fillers can also be used to increase the height of the nose.

Non-Surgical Jawline slimming/bruxism

Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to slim the jawline to reduce the squareness of a face, as well as to help reduce contraction of muscle that causes teeth grinding or clenching.

Non-Surgical jawline enhancement and jowl reduction

The appearance of jowls can be reduced, and the jawline straightened through the use of dermal fillers in the pre-jowl sulcus.  This is the space between the chin and the jowls.  Filler here hides the appearance of jowls by making the jawline appear straighter and provides a viable alternative to surgical treatments

Non-Surgical Skin tightening/lifting

Skin tightening and lifting can be achieved with non-invasive and non-surgical methods for those who don’t want to have a facelift. This can help to reposition the skin on the face and improve facial shape.

Non-surgical / injectable lip enhancement

Dermal fillers can be used to replace volume in the lips, shape lips, and to help reduce the signs of ageing of the mouth area.

At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, our Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses are specialists in dermal fillers and also in non-invasive and non-surgical treatments in facial shaping.

Our practitioners will accurately assess and treat you, ensuring natural and aesthetically pleasing results.

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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