There are a lot of reasons why we love getting older—after all, we’re a lot more confident now than we were in our teens. But while there’s plenty to be happy about as you age, you may not be quite as thrilled with how your skin is starting to look. If you’ve looked in the mirror lately only to notice that your complexion looks like it’s a bit sunken-in, you’re not alone. As you age, your skin can start to lose the look of fullness. Ugh, so frustrating! So, what can you do? Here, learn about our top non-invasive procedures that can help address the appearance of loss of volume in cheeks.
What Are the Causes of Facial Volume Loss?
Although Facial Volume Loss is caused mostly by the loss of facial elasticity due to age, volume loss can also occur sooner as a result of:
- Severe weight loss
- Regular sun exposure
- Extreme illness
Facial volume loss is a very common problem as we get older. We lose some of the fat paddings in our faces that contribute to a youthful appearance gradually over time with some people losing more quickly than others.
What Areas Can Lose Volume?
Volume is lost in many areas of the face as we get older. The areas that lose volume include; the cheeks, the brow, and the lips. As the cheeks sag and lose volume, they descend from their usual high position in the face near the eyes to a lower position. This leads to the formation of nasolabial folds (the folds from the corners of the nose to the mouth), oral commissures (the folds just beneath the corners of the mouth), and then jowls ( the skin that sags beneath the jawline). This leads to a more square appearance to the face.
How to Avoid Facial Volume Loss
- Avoid yo-yo diets and excessive exercise
- Eat healthily for a healthy weight and happy hormones
- Supplements to support skin and boost collagen production
- Sun protection
- Reducing stress
- Quit smoking and reduce exposure to secondary smoke
- Balance hormones and consider replacing hormones if depleted
- Improve skin and tissue quality (ie boost collagen and elastin) through skin products and treatments
What Are the Treatment Options?
Rather than radical surgery there are simple non-surgical methods to correct this facial volume loss with very low risk and no downtime. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm can make a huge improvement in facial volume with immediate results that normally last at least one years although individual patient results will vary. The Juvederm family of products include Juvederm Vollure, Juvederm Voluma, and Juvederm Volbella. In order to determine which filler is right for you, book your consultation with Dr. Anterasian or Dr. Amerian to have a professional MD assessment. You deserve to look your best and with these new fillers on the market, you can keep age at bay for the time being.