As we age, our face undergoes several changes due to the loss of volumetric support from underlying structures. This results in a loss of contour, sagging of the skin, and the formation of wrinkles. In recent years, the demand for non-surgical solutions to restore this loss of volume has increased significantly. The aim of this blog is to explore the various options available to restore volume loss in the face.
Causes of Volume Loss
The loss of volume in the face is caused by several factors such as the loss of fat and bone density, changes in collagen and elastin, and gravity. These changes cause the skin to become thinner, lose elasticity and sag. It is essential to understand the underlying causes to be able to treat the condition effectively. Most patient start to worry when in their mid to late twenties they experience some sort of facial wrinkles, lines and gaunt/tired looking skin. They come to clinic asking if this was normal and why are they seem to be ageing? Most the patients who are younger don’t realise its not just ageing which causes this. Weight loss, exercise, stress, hormone imbalances, medications, trauma, diet and many other factors can contribute. This seems to put them at ease as they begin to realise they are not the only ones and commonly refer to weight loss and exercise as being the culprit.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
There are several non-surgical options available to restore volume loss in the face.
The most popular treatments include the use of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers, and fat transfer.
Hyaluronic acid fillers: Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, responsible for maintaining skin volume and hydration. Its use in dermal fillers has become popular to restore volume loss in the face. Hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into the skin to plump up the area, creating a more youthful appearance. They have zero downtime, provide instant, long lasting results, look very subtle yet noticeable and can refresh the appearance with a natural glow for all. Dermal fillers are reversible so its good to know they are broken down by the body overtime but can also be dissolved using a dissolving solution. The treatment is essentially replacing what we have lost and when administered correctly can be an absolute miracle and game changer!
Collagen-Stimulating Fillers: These fillers stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which helps to restore volume over time. These can provide a more subtle change and requires a few treatment sessions with patience to see results. They are more common for individuals who want to prevent volume loss as opposed to those who have volume loss. The most popular types of fillers in this category include Sculptra and Radiesse.
Fat Transfer: This procedure involves removing fat from one area of the body, purifying it, and then injecting it into the face to restore volume. The treatment is limited and fairly invasive when administered. The area where the transfer is deposited can start to accumulate the fat under the skin which can look lumpy. Fat transfer is a long-lasting solution that can provide natural-looking result if carried out correctly.
Restoring volume loss in the face is a common concern among individuals who want to regain their youthful appearance. Fortunately, the advancements in non-surgical treatments have made it possible to address this without going under the knife. Hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers, and fat transfer are reliable and safe options that can provide long-lasting results.
It is essential to consult with an experienced professional to choose the best treatment option for individual needs.