The face provides is the first noticeable profile of a human. It not only provides beauty to one’s silhouette but also invariably allows others to judge them based on their grooming and lifestyle. Facial aesthetics is oft ignored by males and can unknowingly lead to a blow in their over-all confidence.
Facial sculpting aids in enhancing the patient’s facial profile to attain an ideal silhouette. This aesthetic procedure includes enhancing the patient’s face jawline via fat loss. It can also be used in combination with different procedures to help achieve desirable results.
At Tamira, we offer an array of services that can boost the patient’s morale by improving their aesthetic appearance.
Face Sculpting Techniques
What is cryolipolysis?
The word cryolipolysis means the removal or destruction of fat cells using very low temperatures. The fat cells are frozen using this technique and the frozen fat over some time is naturally removed by the body.
How it is done:
The process of cryolipolysis is carried out by a machine localised on the target area. Constant low temperature is maintained from 30-55 minutes to freeze the fat cells in the desired location.
How is fat removed?
The frozen fat is eradicated from the body via a process called apoptosis (cell death) and is gradually excreted by the body through urine. It takes several weeks for all the frozen fat cells to undergo this bodily process. (Avram, 2009)
This process is non-surgical, safe, painless with mild discomfort from the temperature, clinically tested and natural. But most importantly, cryolipolysis removes unwanted fat cells, unlike dieting where the fat cells only shrink.
The term cryolipolysis however, is the entire process from freezing to losing fat cells. This includes the CoolSculpting procedure to freeze the cells and waiting for the body to gradually remove the cells resulting in fat-loss.
What it is:
CoolSculpting is the treatment procedure combining the process of cryolipolysis and licenced cutting edge technology to provide the safest, fastest non-surgical fat removal that results in body contouring.
This procedure precisely targets fat cells and leaves other cells in the area unharmed. It has the highest success rate amongst non-invasive fat-loss treatments (73%) (Krueger, 2014). Zeltiq ‘CoolSculpting’ is the only FDA approved and patented technology meaning that the machinery used in CoolSculpting is safe to use on any skin type, it can even be used multiple times with no side effects.
What to expect:
Once the procedure is complete, you will start noticing a reduction in the targeted area after two weeks. It may not look perfectly toned immediately as the removal of fat would be uneven and more time as well as sessions would be required.
This process is solely meant for body toning or contouring, used to remove small stubborn bulges of fat. However exciting it may sound, it is not meant for weight loss or to reach an ideal BMI. Eligible individuals are required to have a healthy lifestyle along with exercise being within 30% of their ideal BMI. Otherwise, the process of cryolipolysis will not be effective, as new fat cells will develop to replace the frozen ones.
The thread lift is a fairly new and effective treatment to instantly lift the skin. This method can be used to reduce the appearance of a double chin due to sagging. The treatment involves strategically placing a dissolvable suture under the skin using a syringe, the suture tugs on the muscle below and tightens the grip. Thread lifts result in firmer, lifted, smoother and more defined jawline. The best part about this treatment is its longevity, it may require follow-ups only once in a few years as the stitch dissolves naturally.
Due to the delivery method, it may cause some redness, tenderness and bruising which usually disappear within a week. There is no downtime involved.
Surgical procedures: Treatment to Sculpt your Face
A double chin in face is a common problem across all ages and genders. It usually comprises of either sagging skin or stubborn fat on face that is hard to target. Both of which, may induce self-consciousness and make one feel gauche. A double chin reduction surgery can aid in reducing fat around the chin area – revealing a more toned and defined jawline.
- Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
- Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
- Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
- Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
- Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.
This technique of chin reduction surgery removes fat in small amounts to render a seamless finish. Liposuction is performed under local anaesthesia. The process involves creating small, tactical incisions under the jawline and inserting a cannula. The instrument is moved in a windshield-wiper motion and using gentle suction, the excess fat is removed. Once the desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using sutures. The area may be dressed using a chin bandage to support the stitches during recovery.
This method of chin reduction surgery removes loose skin and tightens the muscles of the chin and upper neck. Submentoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure begins with incisions that are made in the hairline, under the jaw. The surgeon then proceeds to tighten and anchor the muscles, along with removing any excess skin. Once the desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using sutures.
The treated area may be dressed using a chin bandage to support the stitches during recovery. The scarring caused due to this technique is typically well hidden in the hairline. Submentoplasty is a more advanced method of chin reduction and can be combined along with liposuction to achieve more effective results.
Risks & recovery
- Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 3 to 10 days, depending on the technique used.
- Activities – there should be minimal mouth or jaw movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
- Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid jaw movement for the first few days. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
- Scarring – depending on the technique used, there may be visible scarring.
- Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
- General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring and infection.
- Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
- Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids any tugging or pulling.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
- Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
- Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.
- Makeup – makeup can be used to conceal any prolonged bruising and scars post-recovery.