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How Volume Loss Contributes To Ageing In The Face

15 Apr 2018, by Cathy Blackburn in Anti Ageing, Articles, Cosmetic treatments

ageAs well as a loss of the supportive collagen structures of the skin as we age, one of the main reasons our skin wrinkles as we age is volume loss. Volume loss is basically the loss of the supportive fat pads in the face. This loss can be particularly pronounced during and after the menopause. This is because estrogen partly controls fat distribution. See our previous post on the effects of the menopause on your skin>>

Volume is lost in many areas of the face as we age, including the cheeks, the brow, and the lips. The cheeks sag and lose volume, leading to the formation of nasolabial folds (the folds from the corners of the nose to the mouth), oral commissures or marionette lines (the folds just beneath the corners of the mouth), and then jowls ( the skin that sags beneath the jawline). This gives the face a more square profile. A youthful face on the other hand has an upside down triangle appearance.

Volume can also be lost in the brows, exposing the appearance of the upper orbital rim. This gives the face of more skeletal appearance. Loss of volume in the lips leads to thinner lips with less definition in the formation of vertical upper lip lines.

Rejuvenation of these areas by adding volume rather than by directly attempting to treat the wrinkles can produce a very natural looking improvement in youthfulness. I like to use the analogy of wrinkles being like cracks in a wall. How successful is treating the cracks in the wall if they are caused by the foundations of the house subsiding? The answer is not very. You will constantly be refilling the cracks while the walls keep moving apart. Volumising is more like underpinning the foundations of the house which stops the walls moving apart and therefore stops cracks from forming.

The most common method of replacing lost volume is with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers have been used for many years and are generally made from hyaluronic acid. But there are other ways of volumising, including biostimulation using products such as Ellanse and Sculptra which actively stimulate the skin to produce collagen and replace lost volume. Take a look at our main page on facial volumisers here>>

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