As people age, the face is subjected to a progressive loss of fat and bone volume. The skin in the mid and lower face noticeably droops, transforming the state of appearance from that of younger years. The sagging that occurs flattens the cheeks and amplifies nasolabial folds (creases extending from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth). Marionette lines, the creases that extend from the corner of the mouth to the chin, are similarly affected. There are several procedures that may decrease the appearance of wrinkles and lines, as well as correct the suppleness and elasticity of droopy skin. Let’s review some of our top picks.
Remember, the best method for restoring volume and facial fullness will vary for each patient. Be informed and discuss with your doctor during a consultation to ensure you select the most suitable procedure.
In the market, there are a variety of injectables designed to help restore facial fullness. We’ll help choose the right product for you depending upon your specific needs. Here’s a few options:
- JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is mainly comprised of hyaluronic acid, a substance that adds volume beneath the skin’s surface. This lifts and contours the cheek area.
- JUVÉDERM® XC similarly adds volume, but smooths lines and folds. This product can help give you the natural-looking, long-lasting results that you desire.
Fat Transfer and Grafting
Autologous fat grafting extracts excess fat from the lower abdomen or thighs using liposuction. The collected fat is then injected into the face to restore volume to the cheeks and diminish the depths of the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. This procedure gives a more youthful appearance to the midface using the patient’s own fat cells with no risk of foreign body reaction. The fat grafting procedure provides longer lasting results than other absorbable fillers.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP therapy is a simple method that takes no longer than half an hour. Blood is extracted from the patient’s arm and platelets are separated from the other components. Platelets contain substances called growth factors. When activated, they induce the production of collagen and regeneration of new capillaries within the skin. This treatment stimulates cells to reproduce and adds volume to your skin. Results may last up to twelve months.
Let the experts at Youthful Reflections help you gain back facial fullness you’ve lost of the years. We’ll help select the right procedure or combination of procedures for the best results. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.