Loss of Cheek Volume

We are all aware that general metabolic disease and weight loss causes the cheeks and eye sockets to hollow, making one appear prematurely old. It is extraordinary that it is only in the last decade that we have really appreciated that the ageing empty appearance of the face is not just due to excess sagging skin. We have in the past been perfectly content to tighten the skin with a variety of facelifts and eyelid reductions.

It is now quite clear that volume loss is at least as important as skin laxity in the ageing face.

Volume loss is at all levels. From the outside, the skin thins with loss of collagen and elastin and associated glands, which should be maintaining moisture and suppleness. The subcutaneous fat becomes attenuated and fat pockets drop lower, along with retaining ligaments and muscle. Even bone resorbs.

Volume Replacement

The simplest answer is to inject fillers of which there are several types. They all dissolve over a year or so. We regard this as a useful safety factor.

Facelifts of various sorts, micro, mini and full are still required to lift tissue back up into place and remove surplus stretched skin. These procedures are now so much less disruptive to normal life with minimal downtime. The old extended and deep plane lifts are almost obsolete. These modern lifts are usually incorporate volume enhancement with fat grafting.

We should mention the use of solid implants, often, but not always, made of silicone, to overlay and enhance the cheekbones or jawline.

The fuller youthful face would not be complete without improvement of the skin. Transferred fat and nano fat are particularly helpful. We also use lasers, radiofrequency and peels to restore life to old, dry skin.

The dermatologists, surgeons and aestheticians work together at the Cadogan Clinic to find the best answer to your particular problems and aspirations.

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