Slimming down the face is a common desire when excess fat begins to weigh down your features, especially on the chin. These fatty deposits indeed give a negative, tired, slumped appearance. It is sometimes a real injustice in the emotional or socio-professional life.
Wanting to slim down the face then exceeds the only aesthetic side: it is the desire to find a dynamic expression in phase with one's personality, with a younger, thinner, more toned face.
Aesthetic medicine has effective solutions to reshape a face without surgery. A precise facial check-up is necessary beforehand, in order to select the right methods between the cold of cryolipolysis, hyperthermia of high-energy waves, or more rarely a Botox ® injection.
The causes: which parts to treat to slim down the face?
If the face becomes heavier with excess fat, it is often the combination of several factors such as hormones, lifestyle, age, heredity ... Slimming by addressing the caloric intake or physical exercise is sometimes possible, but slimming down specifically the face is illusory. Fat deposits are mainly deposited at two levels:
- On the cheeks, excess fat enlarges the cheeks, at the risk of making the cheekbones heavier and accelerating the sagging of the oval of the face. This fat can be removed by liposuction or bichectomy.
- The double chin is also formed on the tip of the face, which makes the face heavier, alters the oval of the face and blurs the separation between the neck and the face, making it unattractive. Removing a double chin is done by cryolipolysis or liposuction.
To choose the ideal procedure, your aesthetic doctor will perform a medical and aesthetic assessment of your face beforehand. He will check that other factors do not weigh down your features, such as a jaw that is too square due to hypercontraction of the masseter muscles, whether or not associated with bruxism. In this case, the solution is an injection of botulinum toxin or Botox®.
A slackening of the oval of the face can also make the face heavier, but this is then a problem of facial volumetry with a displacement of volumes. Slimming of the face is not the priority: the first thing to do is to restore the skin's firmness and tone.
Indications: the main situations in which to slim down the face
Facial slimming by aesthetic medicine is possible for any patient whose face is weighed down by excess fat, whether or not there is skin slackening.
If fat volumes are displaced, additional treatment may be required to restore the face's firmness and tone.
- In the absence of skin sagging, your aesthetic doctor at the Clinique des Champs Elysées will remove a double chin, generally by cryolipolysis.
- Faced with a slight skin slackening, your practitioner will usually favor a lipo-thermolysis or destruction by fat temperature. This hyperthermia will also remodel the dermis by thermage, resulting in skin retraction.
- Faced with significant skin slackening, the only option is often surgery to slim the face and tighten the skin, either by liposuction or by partial or complete facelift.
Fatty bags under the eyes are corrected by an eyelid lift, also called lower blepharoplasty.
What are the solutions of aesthetic medicine to slim down the face?
Your practitioner selects either cold or warm lysis.
Cold to slim the face effectively.
A single appointment of cryolipolysis removes permanently 25 to 30% of the fat of the double chin in 30 to 45 minutes. Coolsculpting ® is an FDA and CE approved device, with an applicator that perfectly follows the contours of the chin. A vacuum suction places the handpiece on the fat tissue to be destroyed.
The heat to slim down the face effectively
Your practitioner can target the fat to be destroyed and the dermis to be reshaped, to thin your face and firm the skin. Depending on the case, he may opt for different combined methods, such as HIFU (focused ultrasound), RF (radio frequency) or CEPM (electromagnetic waves). He can sometimes correct other imperfections such as wrinkles or lentigos at the same time, in order to regain a thinner, younger and more dynamic looking face.
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