As we age, our cheeks naturally begin to sag a little. If you find your eyes drawn to this sign of ageing when you look in the mirror, then you might be hunting for a solution. Of course, the most dramatic would be to have a complete facelift. However, this isn’t the right option for everyone. For younger people, there are much less invasive options that can be highly effective. We’re going to explore the possibilities and explain how they work.
An excellent place to start is by understanding what is behind the changed appearance. There are quite a few factors that can lead to your cheeks looking a little sunken and saggy.
The first factor is your skin condition. As your skin ages, it has lower levels of elasticity. The result of this is skin that is not as taut or firm as before.
The second factor is the loss of fat. One of the reasons our cheeks have the shape they do is that there is a round pad of fat that pads our cheeks. With ageing, this pad gets smaller, which means less tissue to plump out your cheeks.
The final component is the shape of your skull. It might seem like an odd concept, but your skull will subtly change shape as you age.
You can think of your skull as the foundation layer, the fat pad as the filler, and the skin as the smooth covering layer. As you age, all of these can become diminished and no longer properly aligned with each other. This is what results in the sunken and saggy look you see in older faces.
There are three main options to fix this issue. The first is to have a complete facelift. This is a surgical procedure with quite a long recovery time. Second, you could opt for a midline facelift. This is a less invasive version of a surgical facelift. Again there is a reasonable recovery time, and it’s not for everyone. The last option is the least invasive while still delivering results. For this reason, we believe it is one of the best options around – dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers can be injected with precision to target locations around the face. With careful placement, it’s possible to reverse the signs of ageing while maintaining a natural look.
The dermal fillers can be injected into your cheek. The needle places the filler deep into the tissue of the cheeks. This helps to replace the lost volume from the cheek pad. The extra volume helps the skin to expand back to its natural shape, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles as it does so.
In some cases, the look of your cheeks may be due to or exacerbated by the condition of your temples. The temples are an often overlooked area, but they contribute to your facial structure quite heavily. If you have lost volume from your temples, they can become a little sunken. The appearance is quite a hollow ‘dent’ in your facial structure.
You can use dermal fillers in this area. It is a more tricky procedure as there are a large number of veins that need to be avoided. But the results can make a big difference to your appearance. There is also the effect that when you tighten up the skin near the top of your face, it all helps tighten skin lower down. So getting temple fillers may be the right option for remedying your unhappiness with the appearance of your cheeks.
There are a lot of different types of dermal fillers to choose from. With so many options, it allows your doctor to select the right option for your needs.
You should also note that dermal fillers are not the same as Botox. Botox is a chemical that relaxes facial muscles. Dermal fillers are inert polymers that naturally degrade. They don’t react with your body chemistry. They just fill up some space.
There are so many options with dermal fillers because there has been a lot of research and development in the treatment. They have been improved and refined until they can enhance your appearance without it being at the expense of your ability to express yourself. Modern fillers are liquid enough to move with your face while still being thick enough to maintain their volume. You can also experience more fluid fillers with Profhilo, which is a liquid hyaluronic acid that can add a natural-looking hydrated appearance.
Getting dermal fillers is a minimally invasive procedure. The recovery time is usually as little as a couple of days. In addition, the discomfort during and after the process is minimal. In most cases, you can alleviate any pain with an ice pack or over the counter painkillers.
One thing to be aware of with dermal fillers is that they are not permanent. The ingredient used is one that your body will eventually break down, so the effects will fade. This usually takes around six months. There are two sides to this. The first is that because the effect will fade, it’s a good choice for people who are more nervous about getting an aesthetic treatment. The other side is that if you do like the effect, you may want to factor in getting a top-up once or twice a year.
If you want to improve the appearance of your cheeks and feel like they need a lift, the best first step is to have a consultation. Speaking to an experienced doctor can help you narrow down exactly what you want to change and how best to do that.
While you might have a specific treatment in mind, it’s not uncommon for your doctor to have slightly different treatments in mind. Working with a skilled and experienced doctor is the best way to achieve the best results that you’ll feel happy with.
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