Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process. With age, the body begins to produce less and less collagen, resulting in facial volume loss and causing you to look older than you feel. Collagen provides the framework for strong, youthful looking skin while hyaluronic acid provides moisture. With less of these key ingredients, the face begins to show common signs of again.
How the Skin Ages
The Outer Layers
In the outer layer of your skin, hyaluronic acid works to provide moisture. With age, less hyaluronic acid is produced, leaving the skin dry and dull and more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles.
The Deeper Layers
In the deeper layers of skin, collagen is produced to provide a strong structure for the skin. As you age, your collagen production continues to drop, resulting in weakened skin with laxity, fine line, wrinkles, and folds.
What Causes Volume Loss?
Everyone experiences volume loss once they reach a certain age. The exact age you begin to show the effects of volume loss will differ depending on your lifestyle, genetics, and how well you care for your skin. Signs of aging typically begin to show in a person’s 40s, but can occur much earlier or later. While no one is safe from volume loss with age, there are some factors that can influence when signs of aging occur including hormone changes, sun exposure, smoking nicotine, and repeated facial expressions.
What Does Volume Loss Look Like?
Volume loss can result in many unwanted changes to the face including:
- Fine lines
- Facial folds
- Flattened cheeks
- Thinning lips
- Sunken eyes
- Drooping skin
How is Volume Loss Treated?
There are many nonsurgical solutions to restoring facial volume loss and achieving youthful-looking skin. Some of the most popular solutions include hyaluronic filler which is used to instantly add volume or smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.
The best way to maintain youthful looking skin after treatment is to practice a healthy lifestyle and skin care routine. One of our aesthetic nurses will meet with you to examine the severity of your volume loss and discuss your concerns to determine the best course of treatment for you. If non-surgical options are not enough, we will discuss other options such as fat transfer which is available at our sister practice Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery.