Everything you need to know about Facial Contouring with Dermal Filler
Facial contouring is one of the most popular makeup techniques in the world of beauty today, and is embraced by thousands of celebrities, makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts from across the globe. Makeup contouring involves the use of beauty paints, including powders, highlighters, and contour brushes to enhance the appearance of certain facial structures, ultimately creating a more striking look. Contouring techniques can help create more arched cheekbones, a stronger jawline, and a more sculpted nose and chin.
The term ‘contour makeup’ boasts over 100 million results on Google and brings up nine million videos on YouTube. These videos are often tutorials that teach you how to utilise a variety of different makeup products to dramatize and accentuate different facial characteristics. Even Kim Kardashian has produced her own series of makeup tutorials so that her fans can replicate her picture-perfect appearance.
Recently, however, there has been a movement within the aesthetic industry that aims to eliminate the copious amount of time and effort involved in makeup contouring: filler facial contouring.
Filler facial contouring involves the use of dermal filler (replacing contour make up products) to restructure and reshape different sections of the face, including the cheeks and cheekbone area, the jawline, chin, and nose. This method is more long-lasting than makeup contour techniques and aims to create more natural and subtle results.
Traditionally, dermal filler is a product that has been used to reduce signs of ageing, to even out wrinkles and to improve and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the skin. However, using new and improved techniques and formulas, dermal filler can now be used to help define parts of the face, adding volume, density and shape to areas that are underdeveloped and/or un-shapely.
Dermal filler facial contouring has a multitude of benefits, including the fact that it is a non-surgical procedure that requires little healing time and zero to low maintenance.
What is Filler Facial Contouring?
Put simply, filler facial contouring is the process whereby a technician injects dermal filler into a specific area of the face with the aim of restructuring and enhancing that particular feature.
Filler facial contouring mimics the effects produced by makeup contouring. However, the results are much longer lasting, more natural looking and the results are visible 24/7.
Quoted in a Heart Radio article, filler practitioner Dr. Jane Leonard sums up the aim of filler facial contouring. ‘Facial contouring’, she states ‘is a non-surgical way to enhance and define the natural angles, outlines and facial structures to give them a fresher, streamlined look and to beautify facial features’.
What Areas of the Face Can Undergo Filler Facial Contouring?
Cheekbone contouring, otherwise known as cheek filler, is a treatment that relies on the use of dermal filler to add volume, sculpture and structure to the cheek and cheekbone area. During a cheek contour procedure, filler is usually injected along the cheekbone line to create a natural-looking arch. Dermal filler is injected into both sides of the face, usually at three separate points, though more filler will be added to areas that need greater enhancement.
A cheek filler procedure can benefit both men and women and, when delivered by a highly trained practitioner, can create seriously striking results.
A strong jawline is generally considered one of the most attractive features of a person’s face and is often associated with youthfulness and facial symmetry. A jawline filler procedure aims to counter the effects of a sagging, underdefined jaw area to create a more striking and chiselled jaw structure.
During a jawline filler procedure, dermal filler is injected into the treated area in order to create a plumper, tighter look. The filler is injected along the natural jawline with a blunt needle (a cannula) to counter the appearance of a round, underdefined face.
Chin contouring using dermal filler aims to restructure a back-set chin, bringing it in line with the nose and lips. The effect: a balanced, symmetrical, and more desirable-looking side profile.
A chin filler procedure can also help to create a more angular structure to the bottom of the face which helps to enhance and define other facial characteristics.
An aesthetic practitioner can inject dermal filler into the chin area to lengthen and contour it, helping to generate a more proportioned face. Filler can also be used to move the chin upwards or downwards to improve facial symmetry.
What Happens During a Filler facial Contouring Procedure?
Before any filler is injected into a client’s face, every practitioner should have an in-depth consultation with the client to understand what they are hoping to achieve by the end of the procedure. This consultation will also let the client ask any questions they may have regarding the treatment and to inform their filler artist of any pre-existing medical conditions they may have. Based on the information gathered during the initial consultation, the technician will then be able to create a bespoke treatment plan, ensuring that the client’s desires and aims are fulfilled.
As the treatment relies heavily on the use of needles, the practitioner will then usually apply a numbing cream to the area. This will help to reduce any discomfort and/or pain experienced by the client.
Once the numbing cream has taken affect, and the face has been cleaned and marked, the practitioner will then begin to insert small amounts of pigment into the area being treated using a small needle or canula. Depending on the client’s natural facial structure and the results they are hoping to achieve, between 3-4 ml of filler is usually injected into different areas of the face to create a more balanced and structured appearance.
Does Filler Facial Contouring Hurt?
Everybody has different abilities to tolerate pain and will react to the injection of dermal filler in a different way. For some, the process of having dermal filler injected into the face will not hurt at all. For others, the needle may cause extreme discomfort. However, most people experience some level of pain during the treatment, though this will stop as soon as the needle is removed from the skin.
For those with a lower pain tolerance and who are worried about enduring a filler facial contour procedure, the practitioner can always apply more numbing cream to the area to help reduce any level of discomfort. Most dermal filler products also contain a substance called Lidocaine which helps the filler to be administered smoothly and easily, subsequently making the client more comfortable throughout the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Filler Facial Contouring?
The best thing about filler facial contouring is that it can create unbelievably striking and natural-looking results. However, filler contouring also has many more benefits over other contouring procedures. We have listed them below:
- It is a non-surgical procedure that requires little to no recovery time and the effects can be enjoyed instantly.
- Filler contouring is much cheaper than surgical alternatives.
- Whilst filler contouring mimics the effects achieved by makeup contouring, dermal filler is a much longer lasting practice and effectively eliminates the time and money a client would normally spend on makeup application and products.
- Effects of dermal filler contouring last twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for up to two years.
How Long Do the Effects of Filler Facial Contouring Last?
Between six to twenty-four months, depending on the client and the amount of filler administered. Those hoping to add more definition and volume to the area should contact their technician for a follow up appointment.
How Much Does Filler Facial Contouring Cost?
Anywhere from £100 to £1000. Factors such as how much filler is used, who administers the treatment and how many areas of the face are treated will affect the price of a procedure.
How Can I Look After my Facial Filler Contour Results?
Generally, there is not much a client needs to do post-procedure save sit back, relax and let the results heal on their own. However, if a client experiences any bruising or swelling post-procedure, there are a few things they can do to help ease these symptoms:
- Apply a hot compress to the area. Rinse a cloth under hot water, wring it out and apply to the treated area until the cloth turns cold. The client should repeat this action throughout the day and the swelling should ease naturally.
- Use arnica cream and/or aloe vera gel on the injected area. If applied generously, the client should see a reduction in both swelling and bruising.
There are a few other things a client can do to ensure that their facial filler remains in the correct position and stays firm and plump for a prolonged period of time. These include:
- Avoiding touching the area for at least six hours post-procedure.
- Sleeping on their back during the first night following the procedure.
- Not exposing the area to intense heat or extreme cold for at least one week following the initial procedure.
- Avoiding excessive exercise for at least one week to minimise the risk of infection.
- Not drinking alcohol for forty-eight hours post procedure as this can thin the blood and cause intense bruising as a result.
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