How to Stay Gold
Many of us know that the golden ratio exists in geometry, art and architecture. But today, people in the aesthetic fields — think doctors, surgeons and even makeup artists —are using the principles of the golden ratio and adopting it for the face. The ratio of the length of a person’s face to its width should be 1.618 (an approximation of the golden ratio). In other words, a person’s face is considered beautiful if it is is about 1.5 times longer than it is wide. But a pleasing-shaped face can be achieved other ways.
While there are cultural differences in terms of what people find most desirable in a face — the South Koreans for example, prefer a smaller face and even have painful “bone-setting” facial massages that can reshape the face by working on the skin and muscles of the face — there are also underlying, desirable factors that transcend these variances. In general, more defined contours and a symmetrical visage are some of the factors that people aim for when they use either fillers or face paint to correct any facial imperfections.
Here are some ways to achieve this.
There are many non-surgical alternatives for those who are looking to improve the symmetry and contours of their faces. Dr Kevin Chua, the founder of Dr Kevin Chua Medical & Aesthetics, recommends procedures like Ulthera (from S$500 a session), Botox (from S$300), fillers (from $650) and even bio-stimulants like Sculptra. “Ulthera uses focused ultrasound to precisely deliver energy to the deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen growth and provide a lift. With a customised delivery plan, we can easily correct asymmetry by targeting more on specific areas on one side over the other. Botox can be used to soften frown lines and with proper dosing, balance on the face can also be achieved,” says Dr Chua. When it comes to asymmetry, fillers can also help. “Fillers, as their name suggests, corrects any volume defects in the face. Sculptra is injected into the deeper layers to stimulate collagen growth, improve skin laxity and return volume, especially over anchor points like the temples and cheeks,” says Dr Chua.
If the issue is a square-ish jaw, injectables can also be used to soften these features. Dr Chua says he would use Botox to soften the jawline where suitable. Another imperfection, droopy eyes, can easily be corrected. “Droopy eyes can be easily corrected using Ulthera. Botox may also be used to correct the droopiness by giving a slight lift to the edge of eyebrows, giving a brighter appearance,” says Dr Chua. There are also other procedures that can help such as the Venus Freeze (from $200 per session), a multi-polar radio frequency machine that gives the face an overall lift. However these treatments do need to be maintained and can last anything from four to 18 months. In general, Botox results can last up to six to nine months, Ulthera can be done every six to 18 months — depending on each patient’s response — and Venus Freeze can be done weekly.
Dr Chua’s clinic focuses on non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments, but beyond these recommended treatments he would also recommend fillers to raise the nasal bridge, plump up the hollow area under the eyes or the lips of his patients. He also believes in a more holistic approach. “Diet and exercise also stimulate hormones, which help to keep a youthful appearance. Avoiding too much caffeine in your diet and keeping yourself well-hydrated goes a long way. Alcohol should also be consumed sensibly and in moderation,” says Dr Chua.