Is There a Procedure to Slim Down Asian Faces?
Slim is not just a look that people like on their bodies. A slim face is also a popular aesthetic. People follow face slimming exercise routines and do yoga in their own homes to try to achieve the effect they want. Some even pay thousands to improve the appearance of their faces. Age does not matter–Singapore’s senior citizens are just as concerned about sagging cheeks and wrinkles as younger generations.
Face slimming and augmenting procedures range from non-invasive, minimally invasive to invasive. Treatments can be non-surgical or surgical. Non-invasive procedures include light treatment, minimally invasive procedures include getting fillers or Botox injections to relax the muscles of the face, and invasive procedures include getting a full facelift surgery.
Below are some common non-invasive and invasive procedures you can have done for face slimming in Singapore.
Facelifts are one of the top five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures of 2017, behind breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty (commonly known as a nose job).
The word “facelift” is actually a catch-all term for a group of procedures whose goal is to give the patient a more youthful appearance. When most people think of facelifts, they are actually thinking of facelift surgery, technically known as rhytidectomy, a procedure where surgeons make incisions around the face and “lift” the muscles underneath to make the skin look younger.
Facelift surgery requires a significant healing and recovery period because surgeons need to cut into tissue. It can take up to a full year for all signs of swelling and bruising to completely subside, and feeling in the skin to totally normalize. Due to the invasive and healing extensive nature of facelifts, not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. People with subpar health or underlying health problems and poor skin elasticity are advised to seek an alternative option.
Minimally invasive, less painful treatments are emerging as alternative options to invasive facelifts. Two methods you have probably heard of are cold laser treatments, and skin tightening using radiofrequency waves.
Cold laser is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level laser beams to stimulate skin cells in the face to start the process of regeneration, making your face look radiant and fresh.
It can also aid your face against collagen decline. Collagen is the substance in our bodies that keep our skin and bone structures elastic and firm. As we grow older, our body’s ability to produce collagen slows down, causing our skin to become less supple and elastic–enter wrinkles and fine lines. Cold laser reduces the appearance of these wrinkles and fine lines, and can also be used to remove fat from the jowls or around the neck area to tighten sagging skin and get rid of the infamous “turkey neck” that comes with aging.
Because of the healing properties of cold laser treatment, it is also a method used to treat sprains, inflammation due to arthritis, and chronic pain. One study successfully improved a pregnant woman’s inflammatory skin disease with low-level light therapy.
The main advantage and draw of cold laser treatments is its non-existent recovery period. Cold laser treatment is painless, because doctors do not apply heat to the skin, which is done in radiofrequency treatment; or cut up the epidermis, which is done in traditional facelifts.
Thermage Skin tightening is another non-invasive procedure that can contour the face into a slimmer shape. This method uses a device that targets the deep layer of the skin–called the dermis–with radiofrequency waves. Similar to the effect of low-light beams, the heat energy stimulates the tissue to increase collagen production. Over time, the higher levels of collagen helps lift saggy skin, and eases wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and nose. Thermage treatment is not just restricted to the face–doctors can also use it to sculpt areas around the body, buttocks, and limbs, and improve cellulite marks.
Thermage tightening takes place over several appointments. Sometimes, results are visible after the first session. Because the doctor will be using heat to target key areas, patients may feel some mild discomfort during the procedure, and individuals with low tolerance for pain may want to opt for over-the-counter pain medication before their appointment. Doctors also apply a topical anesthetic to reduce the heated and minimal stinging sensation from the radiofrequency waves.
It takes little time to recover from Thermage skin tightening. Besides redness and mild swelling that usually subsides within the day, patients can return to their daily activities without any issues.
Your pre-facelift checklist:
A facelift surgery requires more preparation than cold laser and radiofrequency treatment. For instance, where patients can take painkillers before Thermage facelifts, patients undergoing surgery are advised to avoid taking aspirin or any anti-inflammatory drugs, as these can increase bleeding and bruising. Patients getting surgery should also make sure their procedure is going to be performed by a licensed plastic surgeon.
Due to the non-invasive nature of cold laser and radiofrequency treatment, patients do not need much preparation. Patients will need, however, to be comfortable with going back to the doctor regularly, as each treatment will run over the course of several appointments.
Those interested in any kind of face slimming treatment, surgical or otherwise, should check with their doctors if they have pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, so your doctor can prescribe the right course of treatment for your skin. Doctors should also be made aware of any allergic reactions.
Wondering about which treatment is right for your skin? You can ask Dr. Tyng Tan of Singapore’s Aesthetic and Hair Clinic.