What is Facial Balancing?
Posted October 23, 2023
The concept of facial balancing is based on the proportions of the face and its contours. The face can be examined by looking at the upper, middle, and lower portions of the face to determine if an area needs to be addressed. Your facial balance, just like all other areas of the body, changes over time depending upon influencing factors such as shifts in weight, genetics, aging, long-term sun exposure, and lifestyle. Lifestyle habits include smoking, drinking, and drug use. Aesthetics strive to re-establish the balance through skin care, injectable products, devices such as lasers and microneedling, and surgical procedures.
When a patient has a consultation, the provider will assess each area of the face, starting with the outermost layer of skin and then assessing the volume and fullness of soft tissue as seen in the temple, cheeks, and jawline. The tone of the skin and soft tissue is also evaluated to the lower eyelid and neck area. Our providers also assess the position of the hairline, eyebrows, eyelids, and jowls during this process.
We base the treatment plans on the patient’s goals and the provider’s assessment upon examination. The treatment plans can range from skin care products to combinations of products and lasers and occasionally adding microneedling. Providers may also use dermal fillers and fat grafting to add volume to the areas depleted in the temples, cheeks, and jawline. Lastly, surgery can reestablish better positioning of the skin and tissue.
There is no single cookie-cutter treatment plan for facial balancing. Many times a combination of options is necessary to restore balance for each individual’s needs.