The Asian face has unique anatomical features that require a different approach to facial rejuvenation and enhancement compared to Western counterparts. Dermal fillers can correct volume deficiencies on cheeks, chin, nose, and temples. Muscle relaxants can reduce facial width, giving a more V-shaped face. With injectables and threads, I can reshape most faces for a more harmonious profile.
- There are unique cultural & anatomical differences in the Asian face
- Injectables including fillers & muscle relaxants should be employed accordingly
- Facial slimming & filler rhinoplasty are commonly performed procedures
- Medial cheeks fillers can provide support for the undereye area
- Tear troughs can be corrected with dermal fillers or fat transplant
- Lasers can decrease dark circles
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Dermal fillers improve cheek volume & balances the mid face.
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Dermal fillers improve cheek volume & balances the mid face, reducing shadows & troughs.
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Aesthetic treatments should be bespoke, addressing not only individual & age-associated changes but also ethnicities. Rejuvenation & enhancement should keep these factors in mind, whilst at the same time respecting cultural anatomical differences.
Read more to find out how I approach injectables & skin treatments across the ages.
Younger patients will benefit from procedures that address race associated anatomical deficiencies, whilst at the same time preventing UV associated collagen loss & unwanted pigmentation.
The most frequent area I treat in this age group is the medial cheek & tear trough areas. Dermal fillers can provide support to the lid cheek junction, in turn decreasing shadows that give rise to dark circles.
A typical program is to correct, then maintain. This applies to volume, wrinkles, skin quality & skin tone.
Volume replacement is important in this decade as we go through age related changes including reducing of fat, collagen & bone. Conservative use of dermal fillers will not only enhance but maintain.
Skin tone can be improved with non-surgical devices including HIFU (High Intensity Focus Ultrasound) & RF (Radiofrequency). Threads can also provide lifting, especially in combination with heating devices.
Skin quality & luminosity can be improved & maintained with lasers such as Fraxel, LaseMD, Clear & Brilliant, Picoway/Picosure & dermal toning.
Above all, skin tightening. In general, Asian patients hold their collagen quality for longer, however post-menopausal there is a marked decline of collagen production & contraction, leading to jowls, eye bags & wrinkles.
Skin tightening can be achieved with Thermage, Ulthera – Ultherapy, & Pelleve – Tempsure. I prefer Tempsure as I can heat the dermis for longer, with added safety. This procedure can treat skin laxity on the eyelids, jowls, jawline & neck area. If jowls are heavy, my choice is Ultherapy.
Dermal fillers along the jawline, & cheek can displace & volumize, diminishing jowls. Skin quality & pigmentation can be improved with lasers, peels & clinical creams.
The Asian face has unique anatomical features specific to age & culture. This requires a different approach to facial rejuvenation & enhancement compared to Western counterparts.
Eastern aesthetics in general are different from the traditional dermal filling in Westerners. Some examples of commonly performed dermal filling procedures include-
- Tear trough fillers for dark circles and medial lid-cheek enhancement
- Liquid rhinoplasty to define the nose
- Chin & jawline shaping (most often in combination with facial slimming)
- Fat transfer is another alternative to dermal fillers
Asian aesthetics are unique, namely the aim in most cases is to elongate & slim. Asian women are typically broad faced, with strong jawlines & sharp angles. The aim is to soften facial outlines to more of an oval shape, rather than ‘boxy’.
The most commonly performed method to slim the face is to anti-wrinkle the masseter muscle just in front & below the ear. This slims the face, whilst dermal fillers to the chin can elongate, giving a nice subtle taper. Chin projection can also be achieved with dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers can reshape the nose, creating a better front & side profile. The most common area to enhance is the nasal bridge. Dermal fillers in this area can give a perception of projection & definition, reducing the ‘flat’ look commonly seen in Asian patients.
Dermal fillers in this area typically last around 12-14 months. For nasal contouring I always use hyaluronic acid fillers for two reasons- safety & reversibility.
It is important to address the underlying causes of dark circles. In Asian ethnicities one of the major contributing factors is tear trough related, coupled with maxillary hypoplasia or lack of anterior projection). By building up & supporting the mid-cheek area, shadows contributing to dark circles can be diminished.
Dermal fillers are the preferred treatment of choice for creating volume, structure & improving aesthetic deficiencies. I occasionally use fat transfer in this area (pros & cons discussed elsewhere).
Other causes of dark circles include vascular, or prominent capillaries & veins. Simple vascular laser or IPL-BBL can help. For increased pigmentation due to melanin or post inflammatory skin colour changes, pico or nano lasers can help.
Cases such as pigmentation demarcation lines & constitutional physiological pigmentation are difficult to treat as these are genetically & racially determined. The use of precise skin care & sun protection can marginally improve these conditions (at best).
Skin care is super important. Hyaluronic acid creams can hydrate, retinol & peptides can increase collagen, whilst ascorbic acid, tocopherol, ferulic acid & green tea can protect from UV & environmental oxidation. Caffeine & tranexamic acid can modify blood vessels that contribute to dark circles.