There are many processes and functions which occur naturally in the skin, keeping it plump and youthful. As we age, these processes slow down, resulting in the visible signs of ageing. One of the main signs is a loss of volume in the face. This is typically demonstrated by our cheeks, which were once rounded and plump, becoming flat and hollow. This hollowing is caused by loss of muscle tone and fat under the surface of the skin and is considered by some to age the face more than lines and wrinkles.
A youthful face traditionally mimics the shape of an upside down triangle, with the base of the triangle running through the fullest part of the face - the cheeks - and the point of the triangle forming at the chin. As we age, this “triangle” becomes inverted, as the cheeks begin to sag, dropping from just beneath the eyes to lower down the face. This results in an overall sagging of the face, with nasolabial folds forming from the corners of the nose to the mouth and jowls forming beneath the jawline. The brows and forehead can also lose volume, which can give the face an almost skeletal appearance.
The most effective way to treat loss of volume in the face is by replacing the fat and collagen which have been lost under the skin.
Loss of volume Treatment
Fillers containing Hyaluronic Acid can be injected into areas of the face that have lost volume, such as the cheeks. Fillers are available in different thicknesses; generally for loss of volume, a heavier filler would be used.
Plasma, which contains growth factors, is separated from a small sample of the patient's own blood and is then injected into a specific area of the face, neck or chest. To improve loss of volume, the plasma is injected deeper into the dermis to stimulate cell reproduction.