Loss of volume

As we grow older, our skin loses its youthful plumpness, causing a decrease in the definition of our cheekbones. Several factors contribute to this change. The levels of hyaluronic acid and collagen in our skin decrease with age, and the force of gravity further impacts our face by causing the descent of support structures like fat pads under the eyes and in the mid-face. Additionally, our bone structure undergoes changes, resulting in bone resorption and a weakened scaffolding.

Volume loss in the face is a natural consequence of aging. However, certain lifestyle factors can expedite this process, such as alcohol consumption, stress, smoking, and sun damage. Weight loss, illness, drugs, and medication can also contribute to diminished facial volume. Surprisingly, even exercise has gained attention as a potential cause of volume loss, with terms like “runner’s face” or “gym face” coined to describe the hollow appearance of hardcore fitness enthusiasts. Continuous high-impact training not only leads to volume loss and sagging skin, but also triggers oxidative stress and the production of free radicals, resulting in the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

Volume loss in the face can be attributed to ageing and weight loss. However, the combination of these factors is most likely to result in a more hollow and gaunt appearance. Interestingly, individuals with a higher weight may maintain a plumper and fuller face as they age. Conversely, individuals who are slim may not have as much fat in their face to begin with, and the ageing process would accentuate this.

To achieve optimal skin health, skincare products focus on improving the quality of your skin, acting on a surface level. However, it is important to note that skincare alone cannot replace lost volume. Although it can be used in combination with other treatments to enhance results and enhance the overall appearance of your skin.

As we age, it’s natural to experience volume loss and skin sagging. However, there are ways to slow down premature aging. Factors such as sun damage, smoking, stress, and alcohol consumption can accelerate the aging process. To protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, make sure to wear daily SPF. Additionally, incorporating antioxidants into your routine can offer further protection against free radicals. While a healthy balanced diet and self-care can’t prevent aging, they can make a difference in how you age. It’s also worth noting that dramatic weight loss and yo-yo dieting can impact your appearance, so maintaining a healthy weight will benefit your face as well.

Dermal fillers are one of the most popular and effective treatments for volume loss. They do wonders for the facial structure by providing support, plumpness, and a natural lift. Cheeks and lips are commonly treated areas, but fillers can also be used to address under-eye hollows (known as tear troughs). These non-permanent fillers also offer lasting results thanks to cross-linking. There’s a wide variety of volumising fillers available, thicker and more viscous than those used in the lips.

Replacing lost volume naturally can be challenging. Volume loss in the face is primarily caused by a decrease in fat, so gaining weight as you age may help restore a plumper appearance. However, this option may not be appealing to many as most people are trying to lose weight, and gaining too much weight can also have health implications. If you prefer a more natural alternative to dermal fillers, consider bioregenerative procedures that utilize your own cells to stimulate new collagen. These procedures can be effective in rejuvenating your skin and restoring its youthful appearance.