Beauty may ultimately be in the eye of the beholder but nothing else is more highly coveted in the Asian region than the V-shape face. Also known as the V-line, it is characterised by a slender frame that slopes gently into a petite, pointed chin, resembling the letter V. This has now become a widely recognised marker of Asian beauty, with Korean celebrities from massively popular dramas and musical groups at the forefront of this movement.
Unfortunately, not everyone inherits this facial trait while those who might have once inherited such standards of beauty, eventually lose it as a result of one or more external factors such as ageing. If you find yourself in one or the other category, you are not alone. Most Asians typically possess a wider, often more angular jaw that gives the individual the appearance of a wide visage, rather than a small one. Hence, it comes as no surprise that many are turning to aesthetic centres for face slimming treatments in Singapore. Read on to find out how you can attain this look effortlessly.
6 Types of Face Shapes
What defines an attractive face shape? A survey conducted in the United Kingdom in 2015, over a period of two months, defined Britain’s perspective of the ideal shape as one that is slim with high cheekbones. However, according to research done on the Asian population, no other is more highly coveted in the Asian region than that of an oval, V-shape. Therefore, attaining this beauty ideal first begins with identifying your face shape. If you struggle with identifying with one of these six categories, you might possess one that lies somewhere in between.
A diamond type is considered beautiful for its highly prominent cheekbones that slope gently into a pointed chin, forming a V-shape. This is the frame of your visage if your forehead is narrower than your cheekbones and the slope from the cheekbones to the chin is smooth.
The main difference between the heart and the diamond lies in the width of the forehead. For this face shape, they would have foreheads that are much wider than the cheekbones and jaw, giving rise to a heart-shaped visage. Similar to the diamond shape, it also slopes gently from the cheekbones, through the jawline, down to a pointed chin. Due to the pointed chin and narrow jawline, the heart type is also considered attractive in Asia.
3. Oblong or Long
An oblong or long type is also characterised by a pointed chin. The main difference between this and the heart or diamond is the ratio of length to its width since it is typically much longer than it is wide. Oblong types are also defined by strong angles at the jawline with the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline all nearly equally aligned, making it appear almost rectangular.
Similar to the oblong type, a square visage is angular around the angle of the mandible and lacks a prominent chin. The main difference between the two lies in its length: the square type has a shorter length that is more or less similar to its width.
A common trait among Asians, round types can be identified by their lack of defined angles, particularly around the chin. A face like this tends to be widest at the cheeks. Its length and width are more or less equal to form a visage that appears rather circular.
This is most commonly associated with the V-shape face. Often cited as the most attractive, oval types are praised for the youthfulness that they lend an individual. An oval visage is a narrower version of a round one with gentle slopes around the sides, resembling an inverted egg. This slope begins from a slightly wide forehead down to the jawline before it tapers gently into a delicately pointed chin. However, it is different from the heart types in one way: the latter has a longer, narrower jawline, accompanied by a much more pointed chin. The slope from the forehead to the chin in an oval visage is more gradual, too.
5 Factors that Influence Your Face Shape
Most people will find that their appearance becomes more susceptible to change as they age, even if they had once possessed a V-shape face that was the subject of everyone’s envy. This is largely the result of a multitude of different factors that can reshape your visage, often even concurrently. Here are five common factors to take note of:
Genes exert one of the most significant influences on the shape of our face. If either of your parents possesses a round visage, you are likely to inherit genes that account for it. This is the reason why round types are most commonly found in Asia.
A poor diet can redefine the visage in more ways than one. For instance, a high-calorie diet can cause obesity, which often leads to a more rounded visage when your body stores the excess energy in the form of fat. Moreover, it can cause premature ageing of the skin and cause sagging, altering the shape of your face from the process known as glycation. When this occurs, glucose molecules bind to lipid or protein molecules in the bloodstream, leading to the production of harmful compounds known as Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). An accumulation of AGEs can affect the structural integrity of your skin, causing it to sag, and may even affect your overall health and well-being.
Smoking contains thousands of harmful chemicals that are detrimental to one’s health — most prominently, nicotine. When nicotine is present in the system, it can cause changes to the dermal layer of the skin by accelerating the rate of skin cell death. This results in skin that is thinner and wrinkle-prone, affecting change in your jowls that can turn your oval-shape face into an oblong or rectangular one.
Age can affect the frame of your visage in at least a couple of ways. As we age, our skin loses its natural suppleness, which can lead to the formation of wrinkles and jowls around the jawline. However, the changes may not always be purely skin-deep. In addition to this reduction in skin elasticity, our facial bones can also alter through the years. This is often seen in a downward and outward shift of the lower jawline and an upward shrinking of the jaw arches. Over time, your jawline will begin to protrude from the side.
5. Insufficient Sleep
Insufficient sleep can accelerate ageing in the skin since your body has not been given enough time to repair itself. Your skin may lose its natural elasticity much more quickly, as it begins to sag into the force of gravity.
Highly Invasive Face Slimming Methods
Every year, thousands of people undergo plastic reconstructive surgery that involves making incisions to the skin in order to attain the perfect V-shape face. According to a survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a global estimate of 98,003 clients opted for surgical methods in 2017 to permanently contour their faces.
However, these procedures tend to come with higher risks and longer downtime. In order to reduce the risks involved, much more effort is often required as preparation, including a full medical examination. Some clients may also have existing health issues which may interfere with the treatment, inadvertently placing them in danger. There have even been cases of patients failing to wake up, following the use of general anaesthesia.
Despite the many potential risks involved, we will nevertheless share the two most common surgical face slimming methods that patients undergo.
1. Mandible Reduction Surgery
Mandible reduction surgery involves shaving off part of the mandible, also known as the jaw bone, in order to reduce its width. This highly popular surgical procedure leaves no visible scars since the surgeon typically approach the bone via the inside of the mouth. However, a study conducted by South Korean surgeons in 2005 found that some clients went dissatisfied with the results of the mandible reduction surgery as the chin was still left as is. As such, they had to opt for chin surgery (genioplasty) to complement the mandible reduction procedure and properly contour the entire lower jaw.
2. Chin Augmentation (Genioplasty)
Chin augmentation, or genioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves altering the size of the chin. There are a few different types of genioplasty procedures but to achieve the V-shape look, surgeons will typically insert an implant, which is made out of silicone, medpore, or teflon, beneath the skin to reshape the chin into a pointed one. This may be done intraorally to avoid visible scarring but some doctors may opt to do so via the bottom of the chin.
Minimally Invasive Face Slimming Treatments
As a midpoint between the highly invasive and non-invasive face slimming methods, the minimally invasive slimming methods aim to reshape the visage without having to make major incisions to the skin. While the risks involved are typically lower than highly invasive procedures, they do require some downtime and attentive aftercare. Here are the three most common procedures under this category:
1. Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is regularly used to combat the appearance of wrinkles. However, it is also used to reshape the visage by reducing the size of the muscles around the jaw, also known as masseter muscle. The botox may then be injected into either the upper or lower half of the muscle, depending on the doctor’s agreement with the patient. This causes the width of the jaw to narrow. However, this procedure may require demanding aftercare during its downtime, during which side effects such as headaches and oedema may arise.
2. Chin Fillers
Chin fillers aim to achieve the same result as genioplasty without having clients go under the knife. Instead, the doctor will inject a soft substance, which is often hyaluronic acid (HA), into the chin to give it a more defined appearance. Either a local anaesthetic or numbing gel will be used to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. However, downtime of up to a week is usually necessary following the treatment.
2. Thread Lift
Ideal for clients with sagging skin, thread lifts usually involve weaving a special thread through excess skin and tucking it into the back of the ears. However, great care must be taken in order to maintain the effects of the procedure. For instance, clients must be careful not to overuse their facial muscles since it might cause the threads to move out of place.
Non-Invasive Face Slimming Treatments
Given the risks and inconvenience that are associated with surgical procedures and minimally invasive treatments, you may feel reluctant to go down that route. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2017 found that there had been a 12% decrease from 2016 in the number of people opting for invasive procedures. The reason behind its decrease is the number of individuals opting in favour of non-invasive face slimming treatments — not only are they safer and much more cost-effective, they can garner almost the same effects following the suggested number of sessions.
If you, too, would like a more effortless way to a V-shape face, consider these following treatments:
1. (MP)2 Technology
Face slimming treatments that utilise (MP)2 Technology, involve a patented dual use of Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) to reduce fat cells that are deposited around the jawline. Both painless and non-invasive, you will only feel a warm sensation (measuring approximately 43-45°C in temperature) emanating from the applicator as it glides across the surface of the targeted area. This special applicator is so powerful that it is able to deliver energy to the third layer of the skin, about 1.03mm below its surface, to target subcutaneous fat tissue. Fat cells are eliminated during this process, resulting in a slimmer jaw within a couple of weeks without any downtime. This is a completely effortless, non-invasive method of narrowing down your visage into your desired V-shape without worry about any downtime. For best results, you may be recommended to undergo regular treatments in order to maintain your new V-shape face.
2. Facial Firming Creams
Easily procured over the counter, facial firming creams contain ingredients that support the increase of firmness to help you achieve a V-shape face. These topical creams contour the visage in different ways, depending on their composition. For instance, products that contain vitamin C encourage the body to rebuild the layer of collagen in the skin, contouring the face into a sharper V-shape by reducing the appearance of jowls around the jawline. However, you need to be diligent in applying the cream on a daily basis to observe any improvements, which may not be appealing for busy individuals.
3. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a procedure that uses focused ultrasonic waves to tighten up, lift, and contour the skin on the face. This is ideal for you if your face shape has been altered as a result of your jowls. HIFU achieves this by using ultrasound energy to rapidly heat up skin cells deep beneath the surface until it results in very minimal cellular damage without leaving behind any visible marks. Consequently, this encourages the body to increase the production of collagen in the area in order to lift and contour sagging skin that has lost its suppleness.
Which is the Right Treatment for You?
Given the wide array of options for face slimming in Singapore, making the final call can be a tough one. To help you narrow down this list of options, you can seek out an experienced skincare professional to examine you and provide you with the right advice for your particular situation. At one-stop aesthetic clinics like Geo Aesthetics, you can speak to a specialist about your facial concerns and they would offer their expert’s advice on the right treatment for you and offer you advice across various factors like the need to implement lifestyle changes.