If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and thought something about your face looks older or more tired but you're not sure exactly what it is, you might be experiencing volume loss related to fat pad aging. Fat pads are located below the skin's surface and help provide volume, facial contour and fullness. As we age, fat pads deflate and fall due to gravity.
What does fat pad aging look like?
Facial volume loss may appear as
Facial volume in the entire face decreases with age, leading to an overall deflated, tired look. That's when more wrinkles, folds, and sagging of skin appear. The goal for facial rejuvenation is to restore facial volume.
What causes facial volume loss?
The natural aging process and your genetics are the major causes of facial volume loss. Other environmental and behavior factors can exacerbate facial volume loss, however, including weight loss, stress, smoking, sun exposure, etc.
When does facial volume loss begin to occur?
While every person ages differently, many patients begin to notice signs of volume loss starting in their late 20s to early 30s. In our youth, fat in the face is evenly distributed, with pockets that plump up the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth. As we age, the natural supports of the skin begin to break down and fat pads may shift downward.
How can volume loss be treated?
Filler is a non-surgical option to treat volume loss. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are composed of synthetic hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring plumping substance in skin, that provide instant results with minimal to no downtime. At Meraki Medical Aesthetics, we use Juvederm and Restylane hyaluronic acid fillers.