Face Design – how do injectors determine how to make you beautiful?
Here we ask one of our skilled injectors to explain their approach to face design:
Behind every skilled injector is a mixture of a health practitioner, an artist, and a scientist. They are trained in health which gives them a clinical skillset with strong ethical codes, they studied in-depth human anatomy and physiology whilst applying the highest standards of science in research and statistics, and they enjoy spending time applying art to their lives. They take these attributes and apply them to each face they treat in aesthetic medicine. While their clinical skillset takes charge of the theory and safety behind your appointment, the artist and scientist mix while they work with you to design your goals and assist you in being the best aesthetic version of yourself.
Sometimes during the journey of looking refreshed and rejuvenated, we take a turn and go beyond that where we start to want to create new goals and seek guidance on how to recreate, restructure and ever so – defy our natural anatomy. Beauty is subjective and each face is unique and therefore, a facial assessment with a trusted injector is vital as the first step of the beautification journey…but what does the injector look for and suggest that make this all possible?
Is it really all about Phi/The Golden Ratio?
Before I delve into semantics, in the back of every injector’s mind is something called the golden ratio or ‘phi’. The golden ratio (1:1.618) is a mathematical formula that has been around since ancient times and used in many famous architectures and art such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting Mona Lisa or his drawing of the Vitruvian Man. It represents divine proportions and what humans instinctively consider as the most beautiful and harmonious to look at. Could be said that this is quite shallow but maths and human instincts don’t lie. It is however, sometimes unachievable applying it to someone’s face and not everyone feels it’s their idea of true beauty, but it is a concept that is taken into account and has been applied to aesthetics medicine for many years and somewhat part of every facial assessment.
The Most Important Part: What Matters to YOU
The first part of the face design consultation is the practitioner finding out what matters to you. What would you like to improve, what would make you more comfortable, and what would make you love your appearance more!
The General Impression
During your consultation, your injector will first gain an initial impression of your overall facial appearance – your skin quality such as laxity and texture, scarring, pigmentation, skin damage and your face shape (oval, round, square, triangle, heart). They will then identify any distractors of the face such as fine lines and wrinkles, and hollowings that create shadows, such as under the eyes.
After this general impression, your practitioner will get down to specifics, which is mostly about angles and proportions and, shadows. For skin it will be looking for smoothness, tone, clarity and light reflection.
Getting Down to Specific Angles and Proportions
Your injector will then conduct a more specific assessment and look at your face in horizontal thirds and vertical fifths. By analysing the face in thirds and fifths, it helps identify proportions of features and symmetry and then suggestions can be made on treatments such as dermal filler that improve the overall facial harmony.
Another assessment can be made from a profile view – they will question if your side profile is convex, concave or plane and what contributes to these profiles… they do this by assessing your nose shape and projection, your lip proportion and projection, chin projection. Some terms they may discuss with you are ricketts line, nasomental angle, 1:1.6 lip ratio and ‘ogee curve’ which is an S shaped curve of the cheek, this is associated with youth and pleasing aesthetics.
An area that tends to be forgotten or under treated is the submental area and neck. This (along with the back of your hands) is where your mother always told you to look after as it can be the tell tail sign of ageing. Your injector will poke, prod and pinch your submental area to assess fat vs skin laxity and ask you to squeeze those platysma bands and assess the strength of those muscles. Treating this area sooner rather than later is fundamental for anti-ageing and beautification.
Finally, they will discuss with you their overall assessment with you starting with bone structure then muscle, fat, and skin. This is where the traction is laid for you to ensure the success of your journey and know what treatment to get and when to get it. An example is dermal filler to address bone structure asymmetry, antiwrinkle for your muscles that cause static lines, threads and filler for fat loss and skin boosters, laser and skincare products to improve skin quality.
While that all sounds complex and time consuming – it really isn’t, your injector is able to assess you and all these aspects within minutes while collaborating with you on your facial goals. It needs to be said as well, they also consider what you determine as your beautiful, different ethnic groups, cultures and individuals all have different ideas of what a beautiful face is, regardless of proportions the devil is in the detail of what you want to achieve and what your injector can do. trusting your injector is the foundation to your beautification, assessing and addressing your entire face instead of one part over a few treatments ensures your journey to your beautiful is a success.
Skin Design Consultation
Skin Consultation with therapist will involve:
Skin History: Your past history of skin problems and treatments will be discussed, and the current state of your skin and what improvements you would like to get will be discussed
Skin examination by the therapist of multiple types of issues of complexion appearance and health:
- Evenness (in colour variation in the skin tone)
- UV spots (photodamage from sun)
Treatment plan: Treatment options to suit the findings will be discussed, and a treatment plan formed
Part 1 – How do I know where I should get filler in my face?
A good place to start is reflecting on your biggest concerns… some questions that might help are: how do you like your photo being taken? Do you angle your face to the right because you feel your jawline contour is sharper? Or front on because you feel most confident because your side profile accentuates your features? or …
Do you look in the mirror on your birthday and notice more heaviness around your mouth or you see jowls like your dads forming or a more familiar, do you overline your lips with lip liner to create a fuller lip?
All these concerns are valid and important and the best thing about it is, we can help with thanks to the use of many non-invasive procedures and products like filler injections.
Filler injections are an incredibly versatile substance that can remodel, rebuild, fill, finesse, contour, and lift.
Let’s start with the dreaded ageing process that causes those fat pads to descend south. Without going into too much detail (there’s a lot of detail), as we age our bones shrink and lose volume, we lose definition and the scaffolding that once kept those cheeks high and taut has started diminishing. In addition to this we lose soft tissue fullness in certain areas while hypertrophy fat develops in other areas such as your nasolabial folds, jowls and submental. Lastly, our 2 favourite proteins – collagen and elastin start losing their ability to create more. Filler is the most impactful, scientifically proven treatment that helps rebuild structure and rejuvenate soft tissue.
Usually around 30 years of age this process can begin, the severity of it depends on genetics, your lifestyle such as smoking and sun exposure, skincare routine and even if you have gone through a major weight loss journey. So this decade is a great place to start talking with your injector about where you should start your filler treatments. They will usually recommend starting filler in your cheeks, as this is where we can best treat the symptoms of lower face heaviness and/or sagging. It helps rebuild that scaffold and lift fat pads, from there they will assess the lower one third of your face and may recommend jawline and chin filler to help redefine, sculpt and lift. In saying that, genetics may bless and delay the ageing process, or you may only feel your concerns are ready to be addressed at a later decade such as your 40s or 50s – Filler injections can be done at any age above 18.
Filler can also finesse, fill and remodel areas that cause insecurities such as thin lips, asymmetry or hollowing under the eyes. These treatments require a consultation first to see if your expectations and goals can be met, just because your friend got her tear troughs or lips done once or twice to reach their goal, doesn’t mean that will be the case for you. No two facial structures and soft tissue are the same, so before you see us, take a closer look at our before and afters and look for similarities such as lip shape, face shape or under eye hollowing to gain insight and ideas of what you like and if you can’t pin point exactly what it is you would like or may need, rest assure, we will take the time in the consultation to discuss this with you.
Part 2 coming soon 🙂