How to Return Volume to Your Face
While lines and wrinkles are often the first sign of aging we worry about, they are not the only telltale indication that time is passing. Loss of facial volume, which results in hollowing and a sunken appearance, can also be a simply symptom of age. In the past, the only way to address loss of volume was through surgical procedures, but things are very different today. Now, you can restore youthful fullness to your face with quick, relatively painless injectable procedures.
Reasons for Volume Loss
Collagen is the secret behind our full, youthful facial profiles. In addition to fat, this substance, naturally produced by the body, supports the underlying skin structure to keep the complexion soft and supple as well. Unfortunately, our bodies produce a little less collagen every year beginning as early as the 20s. Less collagen over time means skin laxity, wrinkle formation and the familiar hollow look in the mid and lower face.
Areas Where Volume Loss Occurs
There are a few places where you might notice volume loss. The first is in the midface around the cheek area. Hollowing around the cheekbones can lead to lack of definition in the cheekbone area and loose skin between the cheeks and jawline. Another area where volume loss occurs is underneath the eyes, giving you a perpetually tired look. Finally, volume loss can begin to appear around the jawline, where you might start to notice loose skin and the appearance of those dreaded jowls.
The good news is there are injectable treatments to address every one of these concerns. A variety of dermal fillers are available with different textures and particle sizes to treat both larger and smaller areas of the face. Dr. Rappaport is highly experienced in using dermal fillers to help his patients achieve a wide range of cosmetic goals, so he can help you select the specific filler and injection placement to give you the best possible results.
Juvederm is often the filler of choice for adding definition and volume to the cheeks. This hyaluronic acid-based filler offers nearly instant results that will last for at least six months before a touch-up procedure is needed. When strategically placed into the midface, Juvederm Voluma will give a subtle lift to your cheekbone, define the cheek area and produce a more youthful facial contour in this area.
Radiesse, a dermal filler containing calcium-based microspheres, is often the filler of choice for the area under the eyes. This formula works well in the tear trough, where volume is often lost to give your eyes a sunken, tired look. Just a small amount of Radiesse can eliminate that hollow look and refresh your entire appearance by making your eyes look more awake and vibrant.
Radiesse is Fillers are also a good option for reversing early signs of jowling along the jawline. This filler They adds subtle volume and definition around the chin area to produce the youthful heart-shaped facial profile you are looking for. Radiesse is a longer-lasting dermal filler as well, with results lasting at least one year for most patients. Results in this area are particularly long lasting.
In addition to their work as an anti-aging treatment, dermal fillers can also be used on younger patients that weren’t blessed with defined cheekbones or a strong jawline. While these treatments are temporary, they can give you a good idea of what you might look like with implants or fat grafts before undergoing surgery.
Dermal fillers are quick and relatively painless. Most procedures take just a few minutes to complete and patients can return to regular activities right away. To learn more about your options in dermal fillers, contact Houston Center for Plastic Surgery at (713) 790-4500.