What can I do about the sunken, drawn appearance to my face? I haven’t had a significant weight loss, but my face looks like it has lost weight, and even appears more masculine! I’m a woman, 58 years old, and I don’t have any particular health problems. What’s happening?
Let’s start with “what’s happening?”
As we get older, our body has less hyaluronic acid, a substance in the skin that helps deliver nutrients and, more importantly, helps hydrate the skin, which helps add plumpness to the tissues and softens or feminizes the facial contours.
There are several ways to approach this problem.
One is with surgically implanted lifts that will permanently support the facial skin.
Another is by taking fat from another part of your body and injecting it into the cheek area.
One of the newest approaches is with dermal filler especially designed to restore fullness to the cheeks.
Allergan, makers of the Juvéderm line of dermal fillers, recently received FDA approval for a new product in the Juvéderm line called Voluma™. It is the first and only dermal filler of its type to be approved by the FDA to restore volume to the mid-face area, the triangle formed by the highest point of your cheekbone, the side of your nose, and the outermost point of the hollow of your cheek.
Its use is indicated for those over 21 years of age experiencing age-related loss of facial volume.
It delivers immediate results, and may require a follow-up treatment about a month after the initial injections are placed.
You can return to your normal activities after 24 hours. You may experience some side effects, like swelling, bruising, tenderness, and small lumps or bumps on the surface of the skin that should subside in 2 to 4 weeks.
Best of all, results can last up to two years.
Written by Dr. Halaas