Facial Volume Loss
In the normal course of aging, there is a natural loss of facial fat, collagen, and hyaluronic acid – the chemical which keeps the skin moist, full, and youthful looking. The process usually begins in the 20s as the skin’s natural supports begin to break down, producing a gradual loss of definition in the cheeks, eye sockets, temples, lips, jawline, and forehead. The skin loses much of its youthful elasticity as a result of normal aging. However, behavioral or environmental factors can contribute to and even speed up the process.
What does Volume Loss look like?
As facial volume diminishes, the skin will have acquired lines or wrinkles due to collagen and facial fat depletion. There is a hallowing around the eye sockets along with sunken temples, flattened cheeks, and loose skin around the jawline, better known as jowls. Fine lines appear on the lips and around the nose and folds from around the corners of the nose and mouth. The skin appears drier, thinner, and less pliable and vibrant.
What causes Facial Volume Loss?
Heredity and the normal aging process are the main causes of facial volume loss. However, certain medications may hasten the condition, as well as emotional stress, lifestyle factors, numerous traumas, and extreme “yo-yo” dieting and frequent weight gain and weight loss, which cause a stretching of the ligaments that support the soft tissues of the face. Facial volume loss is accompanied by the loss of blood vessels, fat layers and collagen causing the skin to sink in from the lack of these natural supports. Smoking, prolonged sun exposure, and severe illness also contribute to a general loss of facial volume. Prolonged stress from the loss of a job, family illness or death, financial problems, and hormone changes only accelerate the process.
Facial Volume Loss Treatments
Injected under the skin’s surface, dermal fillers can be used to plump lips, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and fill volume loss. We offer both semi-permanent and temporary fillers to treat deep wrinkles, frown lines, smile lines, vertical lip lines, marionette lines, hollowed cheeks, and eyes, declining lip volume, and acne scars. All fillers are injected by MD.