Droopy cheeks are a common concern for many people, particularly as they age. This occurs as the supportive elements that provide sculpted features, such as collagen and elastin, decrease in quantity. Additionally, the fat pads that give our face its shape become less plump and slide downwards. The bones that create the foundation on which muscles, fat, and skin rest also begin to recede, leading to overall sagging and laxity in the cheeks and lower face.
Although the natural aging process is a significant contributor to sagging cheeks, other factors such as sun exposure, smoking, poor nutrition, and genetics can also play a role. While the natural aging process is inevitable, there are steps we can take to minimize the effects of these contributing factors and maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. These include protecting our skin from sun damage, quitting smoking, following a healthy and balanced diet, and investing in skincare products that promote collagen production and skin elasticity.
Droopy cheeks can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Aging: As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which can cause the skin to sag.
- Genetics: Some people may be predisposed to sagging cheeks due to their genetics.
- Sun exposure: Overexposure to the sun can damage the skin and cause it to lose elasticity.
- Smoking: Smoking can lead to premature aging and sagging of the skin.
- Significant weight loss: Not only can this lead to sagging skin in the cheeks, but it can also cause a loss of volume in the temple area.
- Poor diet: A diet lacking in nutrients can affect the health and appearance of the skin.
- Lack of exercise: Exercise helps to maintain muscle tone and skin elasticity, so a lack of exercise can contribute to sagging cheeks.
Ways to improve cheek appearance with little effort include: drinking enough water for hydrated, plump skin; facial exercises to tone and tighten cheek muscles; and contouring makeup techniques for a defined, lifted look.
If you’re looking for non-invasive treatments to contour your cheeks without undergoing surgery, there are several options available. Dermal fillers can be injected into the cheeks to add volume and lift, providing a more youthful appearance. Thread lifts also known as the Silhouette InstaLift® involve the use of dissolvable threads to lift and support the cheeks, resulting in a more defined and contoured look. Radiofrequency (RF) treatments use heat to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, leading to a more sculpted appearance. Ultrasound treatments use high-frequency sound waves to stimulate collagen production and lift the cheeks, providing a more defined contour.
Additionally, using skincare products that contain ingredients like retinoids and vitamin C can improve the firmness and elasticity of the skin, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
Taking a combination approach for best results
Facial fillers are the most popular choice for contouring the face as they are capable of not only rebuilding facial structure but also replenishing the skin’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid. By injecting fillers into the cheeks, lost volume is restored to the area, which, in turn, lifts drooping and receding fat pads back to their original position. This provides the necessary support for the lower face and reduces the appearance of nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines (creases running from the corner of the mouth to the chin) and jowls. Additionally, a light touch-up with filler around the mouth can further enhance the results by lifting drooping mouth corners and sculpting the jawline, resulting in a smoother appearance.
Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic offers patients the opportunity to achieve maximum results by taking a combined treatment approach. Our skincare experts develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient that takes into account their needs, budget, and time constraints. Combining treatments offers the major benefit of addressing multiple concerns simultaneously to achieve longer-lasting results.
Popular Treatments for Droopy Cheeks
Silhouette InstaLift is a popular minimally invasive treatment that uses dissolvable sutures with bidirectional cones to lift and tighten sagging facial skin, including the cheeks. By lifting the cheeks, this treatment can also reduce the appearance of jowls and smile lines. Additionally, Silhouette InstaLift can stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that provides structure to the skin and helps to improve its overall appearance.
Dermal fillers belong to the category of cosmetic injectables that can contour the cheeks. By administering dermal fillers into the midface region, they can effectively elevate and volumize the area, as well as eliminate wrinkles. The majority of dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component in the skin that retains moisture and elasticity. This substance not only enhances one’s natural beauty but also rejuvenates the skin with a youthful radiance.
As we age, we naturally lose collagen and elastin, which can cause cheeks to sag. But with Sculptra injections, we can restore volume to your cheeks, giving you a more lifted and youthful appearance. Not only will this enhance the lower part of your face, but it will also smooth out common facial lines around your mouth. The result? A rejuvenated, more youthful-looking face that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful.
All Treatments for Droopy Cheeks
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