Facial aging can be attributed to three primary factors — volume loss, increased skin laxity, and changes in skin tone (age spots) and texture (lines, wrinkles, creases, and folds). Many patients ask about volume loss, as they are familiar with laxity and skin tone/texture problems.
On a whole, facial volume loss can be attributed to the following:
Yo-yo dieting — Have you noticed how women who constantly gain and then lose weight tend to have poor skin quality? This is because the skin on the face is constantly stretched and then released. Plus the ligaments are stretched and eventually won’t recover fully.
Unprotected sun exposure — UV radiation from sun exposure can lead to unnecessary breakdown of elastin and collagen in the skin. Both are important components in making your skin appear plump and naturally youthful. The diminishing supply of collagen and elastin further accentuates volume loss.
Being too skinny — This is usually because of genetics. Although being lean or skinny may work to your advantage during your younger years, it could actually turn out to be a disadvantage once you reach middle age. Individuals with naturally skinny faces have little fat to begin with once volume loss begins.
Hormonal shifts in women — Hormonal shifts in women during menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth can also influence gain or loss of facial fat.
Fortunately, facial volume loss can be addressed by non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as facial fillers. If you’d like to learn more about these fillers, call us at 405.418.5400to schedule a personal consultation today!