Understanding Facial Volume Loss and What You Can Do About It

Although genetics play a large role in facial aging, a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors also contribute to the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles. One of the most common concerns of men and women who seek our facial rejuvenation services here at our San Diego cosmetic surgery practice is facial volume loss.

Recognizing the Signs of Facial Volume Loss

The triangle of beauty is often used to described a naturally youthful face. By and large, it has 3 components: high cheekbones, full cheeks, and a well-defined jawline. These features creates a shape that is wider at the top with the chin as its narrowest point. 

When one ages, this triangle of beauty will slowly turn into a pyramid of age leading to the following signs of facial facial volume loss:

  • flatter cheeks
  • corners of the mouth pointing downwards
  • slacking jawline
  • sagging facial shape

If you’ll noticed, the aforementioned signs have turned the triangle upside down, with the lower third of the face being wider. Such signs will make you look stressed, sad, or even angry.

Why It Happens
Simply put, a gradual loss in naturally occurring substances such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin in the body causes the pyramid of age to manifest. Such loss may be influenced by the following factors:

  • Lifestyle such as smoking, sun exposure, vitamin or mineral deficiencies in the diet; these factors could lead to oxidative stress wherein “free radicals” are formed and make your skin appear wrinkled and consequently lose volume
  • Hormonal shifts in women
  • Physiological aging such as diminished function of the blood vessels involved in carrying oxygen

What Can Be Done
Fortunately, you can do something about facial volume loss through dermal fillers. Dr. Nowak is an award-winning, board-certified dermatologist who practices cosmetic surgery with many years of experience. He’ll help you choose the filler that’s right for you. To learn more about injectable fillers, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Nowak online or call our office at (619) 420-1840. You can also choose to fill out this contact form to schedule your private consultation. We’d love to hear from you!

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