Global Beauty: Facial Shadows


The French author Marcel Proust said, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

It is a well-known fact that youthful faces have light and shadows all in just the right places.

Facial shadows are not simply dark areas that border the light. These shadows are as important as the light in giving life to the face. It is the facial shadows that shape the light and focus our attention on the light. For example, talented makeup artists understand that you cannot have shadows without light and you cannot have facial highlights without shadows. Photography is indeed the language of light and shadows, and in fact, photography literally means “writing with light.”

To create an outstanding aesthetic outcome, you should look beyond facial highlights and focus on facial shadows.

Courtesy of B. Kent Remington, MD.

The use of an aesthetic blueprint for treating the cheek and other key facial areas creates a better balance between light and shadows. Phi calipers can be utilized in designing this blueprint.

Innovative facial syringe therapy with hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers and neuromodulators is aimed at recreating facial highlights by lifting areas of deflation and facial contouring. This is essentially a form of biomimicry – trying to mimic what the patient once looked like.

Facial Shadows Demonstration

Here is an example of a 45-year-old patient:

Before Treatment: front and 3/4 view

Courtesy of B. Kent Remington, MD

After Treatment: taken only 30 minutes after treatment

Courtesy of B. Kent Remington, MD.

The youthful cheek “form shadow” should be left untreated because this helps recreate the cheek highlights that are associated with a healthy, youthful, and natural-looking face.

Courtesy of B. Kent Remington, MD.

Watch how this result is achieved in this video clip:

Teach aesthetic patients that getting older is not optional but looking older is. Restoration and facial maintenance are a choice, but doing nothing is also a choice. Some patients say “I just want to grow old gracefully.” Maturing gracefully means that you make a choice to look age appropriate and with careful maintenance, you will start receiving increasing comments from those who have chosen to do nothing. These comments are usually along the lines of “you always just look the same.”

Understanding light and shadows as part of the facial restoration process goes a long way to making someone look great.  And, looking great is the best thing anyone can wear.



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