As we age, we begin to notice that our faces begin to hollow, there is lost volume, and the jawline and cheek bones do not seem to be as defined as they once were.
Typically in our late 20’s and 30’s we begin to lose baby fat, which gives our face fullness, and by our late 40’s we begin to loose bone as well. Peak bone mass (or bone density) is reached around age 30. After age 30, bone resorption slowly begins to exceed new bone formation.
As facial bones start to shift and shrink with time, eye sockets begin to hollow, the cheeks deflate while the jaw recedes, and excess skin falls toward the jawline. As this occurs it gives the appearance of a longer face, not allowing our skin and muscle to be supported in the same manner as it did in youth.
One approach is to simply celebrate our age and appearance for what it is, however another approach is that bone loss can be corrected with facial implants such as malar, chin or prejowl sulcus implants; however this involves surgery and downtime. While filling in the wrinkles could make people look better, it does not necessarily make a person look younger.
Dermal Fillers are a non-surgical injection that can replace volume where bone has been lost, which will help to restore the overall youthfulness of the face as well as giving the face its support it once had. The placement of these dermal fillers should be injected deeply upon the bone which can give a natural appearance while restoring facial harmony, balance, and beauty.
The number of syringes used is dependent upon the area being treated, and the severity of bone loss. Areas such as the nasal folds, temples, cheeks, chin, jaw line, and under eyes, can all be treated with dermal fillers to help restore volume.
While dermal fillers can help restore bone loss these injections are temporary, and will need to be maintained as the aging process continues. Results can last up to two years dependent on the filler chosen.