Youthful facial characteristics are often indicated by a well-defined facial structure and voluminous features. When patients are young, their facial shape typically resembles an inverted triangle with fat and volume primarily residing in the cheeks. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why the face may begin to look flat or aged, including:
- Reduced production of proteins like collagen and elastin: Collagen and elastin help the face retain its supportive structure, which lends to a youthful and smooth appearance. As natural production of these proteins starts to dwindle, the face may start to sag and lose definition.
- Changes in fat distribution: The face may lose fat in some places, and gain fat in others over time. Fat in the cheeks is redistributed to the lower face, often transforming the youthful inverted triangle shape into a regular triangle. This can create a flat or sunken look in the periorbital regions under the lower eyelids.
- Genetic predisposition: Inherited genetics often influence the extent of facial aging experienced, as well as how fat is redistributed in the face and submental area.
If you’re seeking more long-term results in facial rejuvenation, fat transfer to the face can be extremely effective in repurposing fat from another part of the body to restore lost volume in the face. This provides a more natural facial filler than cosmetic injectables and results typically last longer than dermal fillers. That said, individuals who prefer a non-surgical, less invasive solution than fat transfer can still achieve excellent rejuvenation with JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic. While temporary, dermal fillers can enhance the cheeks, temples, forehead, and other sunken areas with no recovery period or downtime.
While facial aging is inevitable, Dr. Geoffrey Leber can help you look more youthful and refreshed with treatments personalized to your needs and overall goals. Contact Dr. Leber today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our treatment options.