While it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you’re more than just a pretty face, science has shown that features that are symmetrical are deemed to be more visually attractive on both men and women. To that end, nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, such as injectables, can do more than just reduce wrinkles; they can also enhance the overall shape and proportions of the face. Depending on your unique anatomy, contouring in certain ways can enhance your natural beauty. There are various ways in which BOTOX®, one of San Francisco’s most widely used beauty treatments, and other treatments can be used to refine your face.
A good first step, as explained by the team at The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery, is identifying your face shape.
If your face is short with no sharp angles and has about the same width and length all over, this is known as a round face. Round faces are characterized by a soft, less-defined jawline and forehead. Some people are self-conscious about having a fuller, baby-faced appearance, but the good news is that round shapes are less likely to have flat or pinched-in cheekbones later in life. If you want more chiseled cheeks, try using Juvéderm Voluma® XC to add structure, and use BOTOX® to lift the brows for a more sculpted arch.
On a heart-shaped face, the forehead and cheekbones are larger and wider, leading down to a more pointed and slender chin. This face shape, resembling an upside-down triangle, is youthful-looking, and many people aim to achieve it through cosmetic procedures when aging causes their face to lose its structure. Aging is said to affect the upper part of this face type more, so BOTOX® can be a useful way to counteract wrinkles that occur in this area and brighten up the eyes. Though chemical peels do not impact shape, they are effective for improving the general quality of the skin and reducing fine lines.
Like round faces, square faces have similar measurements in all key areas. The difference is that the jawline is prominent and there are few curves in the face itself. Regardless of whether this is your natural shape, the effects of aging often cause the face to become heavier around the jawline, as fat and skin sink in that direction. Additionally, overworked masseter muscles in the lower jaw area become thicker due to constant chewing, clenching, and grinding. BOTOX® is great for face slimming, because it relaxes these muscles, creating a more V-shaped, youthful face. Injections of Juvederm Ultra® filler make lusher, fuller lips and can soften the jawline.
Faces that are diamond-shaped have a narrow hairline and pointed chin, with high cheekbones being the most pronounced section of the face. Facial fillers and makeup can create the impression of a stronger jawline to make the face look more balanced.
Oval faces, also sometimes referred to as rectangular faces, are elongated with a narrow forehead and softer chin and jawline. They share some traits with square faces, but are vertically longer. To counteract hollow, sunken areas around the cheeks, below the eyes, and on the temples, try dermal fillers like Juvederm®. These soft gels replace the volume that has been lost due to aging, and they contain hyaluronic acid, a substance responsible for retaining moisture in the skin to keep it dewy and supple. Injections can fill out and lift the contours of the face.
A triangular face shape is less common, but striking, with the lower face as the widest area. The forehead and cheekbones are smaller. This is the inverse of the heart-shaped face, and the goal for your contouring choices will be to soften the bottom area and round out the temples to balance it out. If your jawline becomes boxier over the years, BOTOX® can reduce the width slightly, while filler corrects volume loss in the often-overlooked upper forehead area.
Contact The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery for more facts about BOTOX® and other surgical and non-surgical face procedures. Call the offices at 415.433.0303 (San Francisco), or 707.473.0220 (Healdsburg), or write to request a consultation.