In the age of social media and Zoom calls, looking good has become a priority, and everyone has become more aware of how they look on camera. Now we're spending more time online, more people have decided to get plastic surgery or treatments in order to look their best. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is recognized as the world's biggest association of facial plastic surgeons, has found that in 2020, seven in 10 plastic surgeons reported a surge in treatments and bookings for various aesthetic procedures. One of the most in-demand treatments is facial contouring, which can give you a slimmer face. If you're thinking about investing in a better profile, here's what you need to know about facial contouring.

It's non-invasive

Cosmetic procedures such as V-line surgery, which can slim the jawline and chin so that they appear more contoured, have been around for years. This is a major surgery that involves shaving the tip of the chin and removing the broader part of the mandible bones, and it usually takes three weeks to fully recover. While V-line surgery can certainly give you a slimmer face, there are other non-invasive ways to achieve the same effect, such as facial contouring with Botox.

Botox is commonly used for treating wrinkles, and it's a popular treatment since the cost of Botox is reasonable: plastic surgeons and med spas offer treatment packages so you can get discounts on subsequent injections. When it's used for facial contouring, Botox is injected into the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw, which results in a slimmer jawline. Most people choose this treatment over V-line surgery, since it's non-invasive, and it's perfect for those with a low pain tolerance.

There's little to no recovery time

Apart from Botox injections, fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse, Restylane and Boletero are also commonly used to slim and contour the face. Facial contouring can be done during a work day, as there's little to no recovery time, and you can get injections and leave the clinic right after. However, you will be advised not to lie down, exercise, drink alcohol, lean down, or take pain relievers after your treatment in order to get the best results. 

It wears off after a few months

Facial contouring using Botox injections will take about four days before you can see visible results, while it's possible to notice results immediately after getting jawline fillers. The effect from Botox will last up to three months, so you'll need to get injections several times a year to maintain a slimmer face. Meanwhile, filler will last a year to two years, so it's a better option for those who'd rather not have too many treatments in a year.

Botox and filler injections can give you a camera and Zoom-ready face in an instant. Always do your research before getting medical grade aesthetic treatments, and remember to find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.