As we age, the shape and structure of our faces change. Studies have shown that by the age of 35, natural aging processes will have caused us to lose roughly 10% of the fat in our faces, and we lose an additional 5-10% every 5-10 years thereafter. Due to hormonal and environmental influences, such as sun damage, our skin also becomes thinner, pores enlarge, and the overall texture becomes rougher. All of these factors combined may lead to a sunken, tired, or “haggard” appearance.
Fortunately, facial volume can often be restored with many minimally-invasive procedures, with little to no downtime necessary. Most commonly, replacing facial volume is done through the use of dermal fillers. Many hyaluronic acid filler options are available today, such as Juvéderm Voluma and Restylane Lyft.
Radiesse, a product comprised of a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite, also works beautifully to restore lost volume in the face, as well as on the back of the hands. These products last between 1-2 years and have an added benefit of providing nearly immediate results.
For someone needing an overall rejuvenation of the face, another great option is an injectable treatment with a filler called Sculptra. Since Sculptra is comprised of poly-L-lactic acid particles, which stimulate our body to create new collagen fibers, the results will happen gradually; however, the effects will often last longer than just treatment with hyaluronic acid fillers.