The facial shape you’re born with is part of your face’s character and is part of what makes you, you. While you can’t change your face shape, what you can do to up your attractiveness is soften hard angles, enhance proportionality, add dimension where it’s lacking, and minimize aspects of your face shape that dominate or overwhelm other features. This is a key component of Dr. Mabrie’s Illumination 360° approach to perfecting your face with injectable fillers at his San Francisco plastic surgery practice. He considers the principles of symmetry, proportionality, youthfulness, and familiarity when working to bring out the best in your face shape.
Face Shape and Attractiveness
You may not be conscious of it, but you’re making decisions based on your face shape all the time. Buying glasses? You pick the ones that look good on you because of the way they work with your face shape. Styling your hair? You probably know what lengths and cuts work for you and which ones aren’t flattering, and that has a lot to do with the angles and dimensions of your face shape.
Working With Your Face Shape
Most makeup artists, beauty bloggers, and aesthetic experts agree that, in general, faces come in 4 shapes: oval, heart, round, and square. Of course, the dimensions of your particular face shape can vary—you may have a long oval face or a wide heart-shaped face, but in general, each of us fits into one of these categories.
Many consider this to be the "ideal" face shape because of its symmetry and balanced proportions. Oval-shaped faces are generally one-and-a-half times longer than they are wide, and celebrity examples of this face shape include Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Kanye West, and Ben Affleck.
Dr. Mabrie often focuses on emphasizing the center of the oval face for optimal balance. He may add dimension to the cheeks, improve the contour of the nose, or correct under-eye circles.
With age, the oval face can become square or even triangular as the skin and fat from the mid-face descend and accumulate in the lower face. For these individuals, Dr. Mabrie often focuses on restoring volume to the temples and cheeks with fillers, and correcting signs of aging like nasolabial folds.
A heart-shaped face is wide at the forehead and narrow at the chin. Celebrities with heart-shaped faces include Reese Witherspoon, Taraji Henson, and Ryan Gosling. People with this face shape can typically benefit from treatments that help bring more prominence the lower face and balance out the width of the forehead. Dr. Mabrie may perform subtle lip and jawline enhancement with fillers or use fillers to soften a very pointed or prominent chin.
As it ages, the heart-shaped face can be prone to noticeable forehead wrinkles or drooping brows, which Dr. Mabrie can correct with BOTOX or Dysport. As fullness in the cheeks diminishes, filler injections can restore shape and give a subtle lift, as well as smooth out nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Round-shaped faces are roughly equal in length and width, which can create the appearance of a "baby face." Celebrities like Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jeremy Renner have this face shape. Dr. Mabrie uses fillers to illuminate the center of the face while augmenting the cheekbones for enhanced mid-face contours. Refining the nose and chin can also help create a more elongated facial appearance.
As the round face ages, it may become more square or pear-shaped as volume shifts to the jaw and neck. Fat loss and descent can also produce under-eye hollows. Dr. Mabrie restores the cheek and under-eye areas with fillers, drawing attention to the midface while creating a subtle lift that reduces the prominence of jowls.
If your face is square, you'll see that the temples, cheekbones, and jawline form a relatively straight line, and each point is an equal distance from the center of the face. Celebrities with square faces include Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, and Zac Ephron. This is considered an attractive face shape for men, but women with this face shape often want to soften the jawline and add prominence to their cheekbones with fillers. For certain individuals who want to reduce the prominence of the jaw, BOTOX can be injected into the masseter muscle, which produces a slight slimming effect.
Aging can cause the square face to become more rectangular or even pear-shaped as the tissues descend. Dr. Mabrie can add volume and lift to the cheeks—which improves and de-emphasizes jowls—with products like JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC®. Refining the chin with fillers can also help reduce signs of aging in the square face.
Male Athletic Shape
The athletic male face shape is sort of a hybrid of the square shape and the heart shape—think Superman, Batman, or David Beckham. It is characterized by prominent, angular cheekbones, a defined jawline, and a strong chin. The chiseled, straight lines resemble the square face, but the angle from the temples to the chin align more with the heart shape.
With age, the clean lines of this face shape can soften and sag, with lax tissue collecting around the jaw and neck. Cheeks lose volume and develop either a flattened or a gaunt, hollowed look. Dr. Mabrie can use injectables to subtly lift and define the cheeks and restore the angularity of the jawline. Fillers at the junction of the cheek and under-eye area can reduce the appearance of shadows and bags and restore prominence to the cheekbones.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can make the most of your face shape with injectables, request a consultation with Dr. Mabrie at his San Francisco practice. You can also call (415) 445-9513 and one of our friendly staff will schedule your appointment.