The shape of the face does change as we get older, and you’ll certainly see a noticeable difference in how your face looks in your forties than it did in your thirties.
Is it simply the inevitable drag of gravity tugging your features downwards?
It’s about more than merely gravity; the changes you see happening are as a result of structural shifts that occur within the skin and the face itself.
Loss of Facial Volume
You have no power over the passing of time, and ageing is obviously a natural process. You do have power over how ageing impacts your appearance.
There are reasons that some people appear older than their chronological years, or certainly older than they would like to look, and one of those reasons is the loss of volume from specific regions of the face.
Shrinking: Facial fat is evenly distributed when we’re young, and plumps up our forehead, cheeks and the area around the eyes. Our face vaguely resembles an upside-down triangle with a wide clear forehead, high curved cheeks and neat chin.
Sagging: As the years go by fat cells in the face shrink and begin to clump and sink towards the ground. Formerly full areas sag and flatten out; then in turn the skin droops and wrinkles.
Shifting: The area around the jawline loses its definition and becomes jowly – don’t ever look down into a mirror or you’ll give yourself a nasty surprise! The overall impression is that the ‘facial triangle’ gets turned upside down, with facial mass shifting to bag around the chin and jaw.
Our eyes, cheeks and entire mid-face region become elongated and pulled downward, making us look older, more dour and worn-looking. The tear troughs under the eyes also become more evident; darker and more hollow.
Safe, simple solution to facial volume loss
Once upon a time, your only option would have been the invasive surgery of a facelift. Luckily, for the last decade or so we have had excellent results from increasingly sophisticated facial fillers, such as Juvéderm.
Fillers are now manufactured in several different types designed to target different issues, and Cosmetic Doctor find Juvéderm Voluma particularly effective in restoring and augmenting the cheek area to rejuvenate the overall face.
Juvéderm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler, and it is uniquely dense and viscose. This texture makes it ideal for use in the cheeks because it can be manipulated for an optimal shape in the mid-face.
It’s one in a range of Juvéderm fillers, and is ideal for enhancing a youthful curve to the cheek, which restores the facial shape. Perfect for adding fullness to areas that need a bit of support, skilful injection of this popular filler makes the natural contours of your face appear rounder and fuller for a soft, youthful appearance.
Before and After Gallery
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