Reasons for Your Loss of Facial Volume
As the years pass, the effects of age take a toll on the skin and its appearance. The smooth, firm suppleness that characterizes youthful skin gives way to lines, wrinkles and sunken areas. These changes result from gradual losses in facial volume.
While aging may be unavoidable, there are steps you can take to restore losses in facial volume. Dr. Anthony Bared, a facial plastic surgery specialist, can help you restore a youthful appearance. Dr. Bared offers a full spectrum of cosmetic procedures, both noninvasive and surgical, to help you reach your cosmetic goals.
1. The Effects of Aging on Facial Volume
Like every other part of the body, the effects of aging can impact the cells and tissues that make up the face in noticeable ways. Over time, aging causes the chemical processes that support healthy skin to work less efficiently. These changes affect the overall structure of the skin, causing it to weaken.
Healthy skin relies on ample amounts of collagen and elastin to produce the tone and elasticity that creates a youthful appearance. Collagen gives the skin’s surface structure, keeping it firm and tone. Elastin promotes elasticity, which keeps the surface supple and plump.
The underlying ligaments and tendons that support your facial structure also tend to weaken and elongate with age. This causes fatty areas along the face to droop downwards. These changes can give the appearance of volume loss in the face.
2. Poor Diets or Excessive Exercise
Poor diet and nutrition can go a long way towards promoting premature volume loss in the face. Diets lacking sufficient protein, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin D deprive the skin of the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy cells tissues. Proper hydration also plays a critical role in keeping the skin supple and firm.
Multiple attempts to lose weight or keep excess weight off can cause repeated fluctuations in weight that take a toll on the body’s skin and ligaments. The ligaments that support the face become stretched, causing the appearance of volume loss. Likewise, too much exercise can actually burn off the fat layers that keep the face looking plump and youthful.
3. Excess Sun Exposure
While a certain amount of daily sunshine is good for the skin, too much sun can actually speed-up the aging process. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun contributes to collagen loss, causing a loss in skin elasticity and tone. Too much sun can also dry the skin out over time.
With so many health warnings associated with smoking, it’s no surprise that smoking also harms the skin. The harmful effects of smoking cause premature aging, which promotes wrinkles. Smoking also causes reduced blood flow and damage to the elastin fibers that keep your skin supple, both of which cause gradual losses in facial volume over time.
How Cosmetic Procedures Can Help Restore a Youthful Appearance
Dr. Bared offers a range of cosmetic procedures designed to increase facial volume and restore your natural youthful appearance. You can opt for noninvasive procedures, which require little to no downtime. Dr. Bared also offers surgical options if you’re wanting a more drastic effect.
Non-invasive options include injectable materials, also known as fillers, to add facial volume to specific areas along the face, such as the cheeks, brows, and mouth. With no surgery involved, you can have a procedure done and go able your daily activities as usual. Dr. Bared offers two different injectable options -Voluma and Botox- that work in different ways.
Voluma is commonly used to restore volume to the midface area. This includes adding volume to the cheeks while also producing a lifting effect around the mouth. As an anti-aging treatment, Voluma produces natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Botox, another option, is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States. This injectable takes a more targeted approach, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. The effects of one Botox treatment can last for several months.
Cosmetic surgery options produce longer-lasting results than noninvasive procedures so they require longer recovery times. Facelifts, forehead lifts and ptosis surgery are some of the most commonly requested surgical options. Dr. Bared has considerable expertise in this area, which enables him to customize the procedure to produce the results you want.
A facelift procedure entails trimming and tightening areas of the face where excess or sagging skin is present. This option offers a comprehensive rejuvenation solution that takes years off your appearance. Dr. Bared also offers a mini-facelift option that’s less invasive and requires less downtime.
A forehead lift addresses the vertical and horizontal creases that tend to develop along the forehead as a result of age. This procedure tightens-up excess forehead skin to produce a smooth, youthful appearance. In the process, the skin around your eyes will also look more youthful as a result.
About The Author
Dr. Anthony Bared is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. His office is located in the Miami area and offers several cosmetic options to choose from, including rhinoplasty, eyelid lifts, neck lifts along with nasal and ear correction surgery. Call us today at 800-943-7295 to schedule a consultation.