Asian skin features a wide variety of skin-tones, and each of these come with their own set of treatment requirements meaning that for some people, certain procedures are more suitable than others. Dr. Michele Green specializes in Asian skin treatments. With years of experience treating Asian skin, we have compiled a list of the more popular options that our patients look for.
Botox for the Masseter Muscle
One issue we have been asked about by both male and female patients is the ability to reduce the shape or appearance of their jaw line, a sort of squareness around the sides of the jaw for instance. For those looking for a way to reduce this appearance, to give the look of a more naturally sculptured jaw and cheekbones, then there are a few ways this can be done. For Asian patients, one of the most popular ways of achieving this look is via Botox for the masseter muscle.
This treatment, also known as a “non-surgical jaw reduction”, can give the individual the appearance of a slimmer, or v-shaped jaw line. Botox is injected into the masseter muscle, which is located at the side of your jaw. Since this area only requires one injection on each side of the jaw, this is a quick and effective treatment that you can fit in your lunch break.
Individuals looking to get a non-surgical jaw reduction should see visible results within two to eight weeks, and the treatment is temporary. Over time the effects of the Botox treatment will wear off.
Non-surgical Nose Job with Restylane and Juvederm
For individuals who wish to save on time, expense, and the pain of having a surgical treatment on the nose such as Rhinoplasty, then there are non-surgical solutions available, treatments that are suitable for those with Asian skin-tones.
Some patients have come to us with a flat shaped nose and are looking to add volume to the bridge of the nose, for this we recommend Restylane and Juvederm, which are two popular types of dermal fillers that can be injected into the nasal area with an aim to improve the volume and look of the nose by adding volume to the bridge area.
Both these fillers are fairly similar in their application and results, but there is a subtle difference between the two. Dr. Green will advise you on an individual basis as to which would be more suitable for the results you are looking to achieve. In basic terms, Juvederm is great when used in smaller quantities and can provide a very smooth look to the injected area, whereas if more volume is required then Restylane may be the better option as it is ideal for creating volume.
Both Restylane and Juvederm are long lasting, with volume lasting at least six months and up to twelve months before the treatment may need to be repeated. In addition to this, both dermal fillers are fast acting, so in many cases, results should be visible almost immediately.
Thermage for Skin Tightening
Thermage is another treatment that is great for a range of different skin types including Asian skin tones. Thermage can be used for a range of anti-aging treatments, where the goal is to tighten skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. Thermage is also a treatment that can be used on almost any part of the body to provide skin tightening without the hassle, downtime, and expense of surgery. In addition to this Thermage typically only needs one treatment before you can start to see potential improvements in skin tightening.
The way Thermage works is that it uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat the inner layers of your skin, while simultaneously cooling the surface of your skin. Directly after the treatment the patient may experience a slight glow from the procedure, but this should soon reduce. Overall, no downtime is required, so you can go about your daily routine. Results from Thermage should be visible within two to four months and the great thing about Thermage is that the effects from the treatment will last up to two years.
Alex TriVantage and Chemical Peels for Skin Discoloration and Sun Spots
One other area that needs specific treatments tailored towards Asian skin tones are those we use for treating skin discoloration and sun-spots.
For Asian individuals with darker skin, our recommendation is that only lighter chemical peels should be used to ensure that the treatment is successful. Generally, laser treatments are a more suitable treatment especially for individuals who need a procedure that a light peel cannot effectively treat.
Alternatively, Candela’s Alex TriVantage is great for targeting brown spots or pigmented lesions that can be found on the face, but also in other areas such as the neck, shoulders and the rest of the body that has been affected by sun damage. Depending on the individual, one or two treatments may be necessary and results are permanent.
For more information about dermatology treatments for Asian skin, please contact Dr. Michele Green at 212-535-3088 or contact us online. Based in NYC, Dr. Green is a Board Certified cosmetic dermatologist.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.