As you grow older, you begin to experience a loss of collagen and facial fat, which can lead to flat cheeks. Collagen is vital because it is the substance produced by your body that keeps your skin looking young and moist. As the skin begins to age, it loses much of its youthful elasticity, which results in the emergence of wrinkles. This also leads to a loss of definition throughout various areas of the face.
In the normal course of aging there is a natural loss of facial fat and collagen, the chemical which keeps the skin moist and full and youthful looking. The process usually begins in the 20s as the skin’s natural supports begin to break down, producing a gradual loss of definition in the cheeks, eye sockets, temples, lips, jawline, and forehead. The skin loses much of its youthful elasticity as a result of normal aging. However, behavioral or environmental factors can contribute to and even speed up the process.
What does Volume Loss look like?
As facial volume diminishes, the skin will have acquired lines or wrinkles due to collagen and facial fat depletion. There is a hallowing around the eye sockets along with sunken temples, flattened cheeks, and loose skin around the jawline, better known as jowls. Fine lines appear on the lips and around the nose. Nasolabial folds form around the corners of the nose and mouth and oral commissures develop just beneath the corner of the mouth. The skin appears drier, thinner, and less pliable and vibrant.
What causes Facial Volume Loss?
Heredity and the normal aging process are the main causes of facial volume loss. However, certain medications may hasten the condition.
- Emotional stress
- Lifestyle factors
- Numerous traumas
- Extreme “yo-yo” dieting
- Frequent weight gain and weight loss
Volume loss is accompanied by the loss of blood vessels, fat layers, and collagen causing the skin to sink. Smoking, prolonged sun exposure, and severe illness also contribute to a general loss of facial volume.