Who, What, How : Facial Contouring

Facial contouring
Facial contouring is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that can go a long way towards subtly changing and re-shaping the contours of your face. Dermal fillers are the most popular option for non-invasive facial contouring, with their success resting in the plethora of different fillers available to suit different needs. By injecting dermal fillers into the face, you can create a smoother, fuller, and more contoured facial shape by smoothening the wrinkles and reducing the depth of the folds and hollows of the face.

Filler can be used to augment cheeks to enhance their shape, add volume to the nasolabial fold and laughter lines, increase volume to fill out gauntness in the lower cheek or temple area, as well as filling out depressions under the eye area. Facial asymmetries, down-turned mouths and jawlines that require definition can also be effectively addressed with dermal fillers.

There are hyaluronic acid fillers, simply put, work by absorbing water to create plumpness or fullness. Different fillers, depending on their consistency, are used to contour different areas of the face. ‘Thicker’ fillers are used in areas where you need structural support such as the temple, cheekbones, jawline and chin. Whereas fillers with a ‘thinner’ consistency are used on the nasolabial folds – that run from nose to mouth – and the marionette lines around the mouth.

Other fillers, such as Radiesse and Sculptra, work by stimulating the production of new collagen over time, forming a lattice within the tissue that provides a framework for your body to produce its own collagen.

Who should perform it?
A Consultant Dermatologist or a Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Who is a suitable candidate?
Someone who is keen to maintain a youthful ‘fullness’ of face or someone who is bothered by facial asymmetry, a down-turned mouth or lips or a jawline that needs more definition.

How long do the results last?
Between 3 months and 5 years depending on the filler used and where in the face it is administered.
What is the downtime?
This is individual to the patient and filler used, but generally speaking, there may be a little bruising, redness and swelling. We advise that patients avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours to minimise swelling, as well as sleeping upright on their back, but most resume regular activities immediately after the treatment.
Anything else you should know?
Liquid Rhinoplasty or non-surgical Rhinoplasty is growing in popularity, primarily due to social media. The significant risks of this procedure – infection, skin necrosis and blindness – are under-reported and too often the result of a poorly trained practitioner. Ensure that if you are considering this procedure that you opt for either a Consultant Dermatologist or Consultant Plastic Surgeon, that you research their work and discuss the risks involved together.