How the shape of your face predicts how you age

SkinViva’s Dr Ahmed El-Houseiney talks us through how the shape of your face makes a difference on what parts of your face start to age first and how they show signs of ageing.

Expert advice on how face shapes age and what you can do about it.

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    By Dr Ahmed El-Houseiney, MBBCH 
    1. Oval face shape

      If the length of your face is around one-&-a-half times its width and your forehead and jaw are roughly the same width then you’ve got an oval face shape.

      As people with oval faces get older they lose volume at the sides of the forehead (temple hollowing) and also a hollowing of the cheeks. This can prematurely lead to a gaunt look.

      Long-lasting dermal filler injections with high viscosity are ideal to restore this lost volume in the cheeks and temples. The viscosity allows your clinician to shape and mould the filler to not only replenish volume but to re-shape and create new definition. Two recommended fillers for cheeks and temples are Juvederm Voluma or Sculptra and you’ll need a budget of between £400-£900 for results lasting 18-24 months.

    2. Heart face shape

      The key feature of heart shapes is a delicate, more narrow jawline in relation to the face being wider at the cheek bones and wider at the forehead.

      An ageing heart shape loses support in the top half of the face. This can particularly affect the temples along with the forehead. As the forehead droops the eyebrows become flattened and upper eyelids become hooded.

      Botox is a key weapon in combating ageing for a droopy forehead because the key is opening back up the eyes by lifting the forehead. Botox works by relaxing the muscles it’s injected into. By relaxing the muscles responsible for pulling down the forehead, a lift is created lasting 3-4 months.

      For severe forehead drooping and eyelid hooding, there is a surgical option by way of a forehead lift typically costing between £1,500 to £2,000.

    3. Rectangular shape

      A face that has more length than width can be considered rectangular in shape. 

      Common problems for a rectangular face shape tend to be in the lower half of the face. The jawline loses its definition and jowls begin to form. The chin loses its shape and underneath the chin loose skin forms the classic “turkey neck”.

      A thread lift can be a great option to tighten sagging skin and restore the key lines and definition of a jawline. Expertly placed dermal fillers and the use of Botox also works effectively to reposition volume and relax key muscles. Facial exercises can also help to reduce the ageing process by exercising the muscles in the jaw and neck

    4. Circular (round) face shape

      Round-faced people have a face which is as long as is it wide (give or take half an inch). They have plumpness (due to stores of fat) in the cheek area.

      As the round-face gets older, less elasticity in the skin and some fat loss causes the cheeks to sag downwards. In turn this typically causes very pronounced lines which run from the corners of the nose down to the corners of the mouth – one on each side (known as the nasolabial folds). In addition, sagging cheeks and fat loss can lead to a gaunt look underneath the eyes and a hollowing can appear known as tear troughs.

      Three areas of the face should be treated with different types of dermal filler injections in order to treat both the cause and the symptoms. The cause being the cheeks sagging and the symptoms being the shadows and hollows under the eyes and also the nasolabial folds.

      Injecting Juvederm Volift under the eyes is a delicate procedure to rejuvenate tear troughs which creates a fantastic smoothing of the area thus reducing the shadowing effect. Volift is ideal because it injects smoothly and is easy to spread once injected to create the most natural looking results.

      The cheeks call for a more cohesive and viscous filler in order to hold the structure and support the shape of the cheeks. Juvederm Voluma creates a long-lasting and reliable look for an 18-24 month duration.

      Nasolabial folds are a straight forward symptom to treat with a dermal filler but it’s important not to overfill or over treat the area in order to avoid the “done” look.

    About Dr Ahmed

    Dr Ahmed is the latest addition to SkinViva’s team of expert Aesthetic Doctors and Dentists. He has worked in the industry for many years and has particular expertise in the area of facial ageing.

    SkinViva Manchester

    SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

    Their team of aesthetic medical professioanls offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester and also at an extensive choice of conveniently located locations across the North West. Clinics are held at salons and centres in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Manchester, Stockport and Bury.

    A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is arranged with an experience aesthetic clinician. The same individual would carry out treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.

    For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation with a cosmetic doctor or dentist, please call 0161 865 1141, email

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