As you grow older, you begin to experience a loss of collagen and facial fat. Collagen is vital because it is the substance produced by your body that keeps your skin looking young and moist. As the skin begins to age, it loses much of its youthful elasticity, which results in the emergence of wrinkles. This also leads to a loss of definition throughout various areas of the face.
You no longer have to live with these unsightly signs of aging, as we offer a number of treatments that will restore facial volume. These non-surgical treatments are performed in our office through the use of facial fillers. These injectables work quickly to restore facial volume, as results are usually visible within a short amount of time and can last on average up to a anywhere from 6 months up to 2 years depending on the product used.
In the normal course of aging there is a natural loss of facial fat and collagen, the chemical which keeps the skin moist and 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. Nasolabial folds form around the corners of the nose and mouth and oral commissures develop just beneath the corner of the 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 Solutions
- Restylane Lyft
- Restylane Silk
- Juvederm Ultra
- Juvederm Ultra Plus
- Juvederm Voluma
- Juvederm Volbella
By using a stabilized hyaluronic acid designed to mimic the body’s own hyaluronic acid, Restylane restores fullness and volume to the skin. It also corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Results can last up to 12 months. To create lasting results, repeated treatments are recommended, as they will stimulate the body to produce collagen. Click here to learn more.
Restylane Lyft was formally known as Perlane-L and is made of an injectable hyaluronic acid that can be injected in many areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid is a natural product that can be found in our bodies. It assists in increasing the elasticity and provides fullness to the skin. By injecting this natural product into the facial area the nasolabial folds of the skin can be eliminated and filled.
Restylane Silk is recently FDA-approved filler that targets wrinkles and lines around the mouth and also works as a subtle lip enhancer. This hyaluronic acid-based product is similar to its Restylane family, and consists of a clear gel formula with fine, smoother particles ideal for providing the most natural results. Click here to learn more.
Juvéderm® Ultra is a hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face. Ultra is thin and less viscous making it ideal to treat very fine wrinkles and scars. It is also used in more superficial locations of the face where maximum silkiness is required. Results can last up to eight months or longer. Click here to learn more about all Juvederm products.
Juvéderm® Ultra Plus:
Ultra Plus is more concentrated than Juvéderm® Ultra and is designed for a much deeper injection, both are hyaluronic acid fillers. It also lasts longer and puts more fluid into the area where injected. The additional fluid provided is ideal in augmenting lips. This is a popular filler among younger patients who are in thier 20s and 30s. The effects of Ultra Plus also tend to last longer than those of Juvéderm® Ultra.
Juvéderm® Voluma is a new and more robust type of hyaluronic acid filler. It is designed to restore facial volume loss, which results in a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Juvéderm® Voluma accomplishes its outcomes by being artfully injected directly into the bone. Results can last up to two years.
Volbella is a smooth gel that can increase volume in the lips and smooth lines around the mouth area. This product can provide natural appearing results because of the smoothness of the molecular formula. The filler has been specifically designed to be placed in areas that are constantly moving such as the lips and mouth area. The hyaluronic acid filler found in Volbella can last up to one year.
Belotero is a safe and effective option for facial rejuvenation. This filler is hyaluronic acid-based and can be compared to Juvederm or Restylane. What makes Belotero special is its density, resulting in a more fluid assimilation within the skin tissue. Belotero is perfect for those looking to soften fine lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, frown lines, the décolleté area, and for lip augmentation.
This filler stimulates your body to produce its own natural collagen. As a result, it provides instant correction to facial wrinkles resulting in a younger and more natural look. Results can last up to a year. Radiesse is best suited in building facial contours like chins and cheekbones. Click here to learn more about Radiesse and our other facial fillers.
Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable in a class of its own. It is made from poly-L-lactic acid which assists in replacing collagen loss. Sculptra has been approved to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds in smile lines, marionette lines and chin wrinkles. The results are subtle and happen gradually over time. Typically three sessions are needed in the span of a few months and the results can last for up to two years.
Bellafill is a new way to treat problems on the face and remove scars caused by acne. This dermal filler can fill in deep facial folds including nasolabial creases eliminating their appearance. Improvement can be observed within the first treatment. Bellafill is made from collagen which can provide volume and lift the facial skin causing immediate results. The polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres in this filler will lift numerous wrinkles and lines that occur on the face.
FAQ’s about Facial Volume Loss and treatments
What causes facial volume loss?
The primary causes are natural aging and genetics. As you age, you lose bone mass in the face, while muscles begin to atrophy to some degree. Other factors that can cause facial volume loss are emotional stress, traumas, lifestyle factors, and certain medications that can accelerate the process. “Yo-yo” dieting that includes frequent weight loss and weight gain can also contribute.
What does facial volume loss look like?
As collagen and facial fat is depleted, wrinkles or lines begin to form. Additional signs of facial volume loss include flattened cheeks, loose skin around the jawline, sunken temples, hallowing around the eye sockets, fine lines around the nose, and nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth.
When does facial volume loss begin to occur?
It varies from person to person; however, the process typically begins at some point in a person’s 20s. This is when the natural supports of the skin begin to break down. This results in a gradual definition loss of such facial areas as the templates (temples), lips, forehead, jawline, cheeks, and eye sockets. This process can accelerate as you grow older or can be influenced by a number of environmental or behavioral factors.
What is a facial filler procedure like?
Treatment times vary for each type of dermal filler. They can vary from 10 to 30 minutes. All procedures are done in the office and no anesthesia is required. Pain is typically at a minimum and we take every effort to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. As soon as the procedure is completed, you are free to drive home and resume your daily activities unless directed otherwise by the physician. There are possible restrictions on daily activity and we don’t encourage patients exercising the day of the procedure or laying down flat for a few hours after neurotoxin injections. Side effects such as bruising or swelling do not last long in most cases but can occur and can last a few days.
Which facial fillers are best?
All facial fillers have their own unique advantages. The family of Juvéderm® fillers are best at addressing facial wrinkles. Restylane and Perlane restore volume and fullness to the skin. Radiesse also treats wrinkles as well as building facial contours like chins and cheekbones. Sculptra is perfect for treating areas that have shallow wrinkles and lines from loss of facial volume. Sculptra is best known for plumping facial tissue by replacing lost collagen in the area. Belotero is great for treating delicate areas around the eyes and mouth. To determine which facial filler is best for you, consult with your doctor. By understanding your aesthetic goals, your doctor can determine which treatment will help you most in meeting those goals.