Facial Volume Loss: Causes and Treatments

facial-volumeWhen most people think of aging, wrinkling and sagging skin top the list of noticeable changes to one’s appearance. 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 twenties 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.

Causes Of 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 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.

Non-Surgical And Surgical Treatments
The most common method of replacing lost volume is with hyaluronic based (HA) dermal fillers. HA dermal fillers have been used for many years, and in conjunction with Botox, they comprise the most frequently performed aesthetic procedures.

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical treatment primarily used to shape and proportion the face, making them a very powerful tool in facial rejuvenation and enhancement. There are a number of dermal fillers currently in use and each can be used in a variety of areas in the face to reverse the effects of aging.

Brow Lift
A forehead lift or brow lift can smooth out the wrinkles and correct drooping brows and heavy lids to provide a younger, friendlier, more youthful appearance. A brow lift also has the ability to reveal a hidden upper lid.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Signs of facial aging are first expressed around the eyes. These changes produce a fatigued appearance that may be perceived by others as exhaustion. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, addresses contour irregularities caused by poor skin texture, excess skin, and changing in eyelid fatty tissue.

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