Cosmetic Procedures

Facial Volume Loss

Treating Facial Volume Loss

Facial volume loss is a natural aging process by which the skin begins to lose its fat stores. Volume loss in the face tends to be more prominent around the mouth, eye, and cheek areas. The fat loss tends to leave the face looking sunken and tired looking. Fortunately fillers can be administered by a dermatologist to restore the lost fat reserves in the face. Fillers work to give you plumper, more youthful looking skin. Here are four popular options you can choose to increase your facial volume.

Juvederm

Juvederm is a gel made of hyaluronic acid that is injected into the affected area. Juvederm is a popular dermal filler that is used to treat folds and wrinkles in the skin that contribute to facial volume loss. Hyaluronic acid is a component of skin that is naturally created inside the body to hydrate the skin. When Juvederm is injected into the face, it works by filling in folds and wrinkles leaving skin smoother with a more youthful appearance. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the injections and the visit is generally completed in half an hour. Patients can continue their normal activities following the procedure. This filler has been FDA approved and should only be administered by a dermatologist.

Radiesse

Radiesse is a dermal filler that is made from Calcium Hydroxyapatite. Radiesse is approved by the FDA and works by stimulating the skin to grow collagen. Increased levels of collagen give the skin more elasticity. Radiesse injections are performed with a local anesthetic and take about 15 minutes to complete. Patients are free to leave minutes after their procedure, with no down time. Radiesse adds volume to the face by filling in wrinkles, smile lines, and depressions around the mouth and nose.

Sculptra

Sculptra is a procedure in which the skin is injected with Poly – L – lactic acid material. A dermatologist performs this procedure most often with a numbing cream or local anesthetic and takes 15-30 minutes. Patients return home within minutes of a visit, and can return to their normal activities. Sculptra works by gradually increasing the thickness of the skin. Sculptra is particularly helpful in improving the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollowed cheeks, and sunken eyes. Sculptra is FDA approved and is fully metabolized by the body.

Voluma

Voluma is an FDA approved dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid. Voluma is widely used to treat, lips, folds, lines, eyebrows, and most popularly for face and cheek contouring. Voluma helps skin to regain its firmness and contours by adding more volume to the face. A dermatologist injects the area with Lidocaine to reduce discomfort from the injection. The procedure takes a few minutes requiring no down time. There are immediate visible results with full results seen in two to four weeks.
These procedures have been FDA approved and deemed effective in the treatment of facial volume loss. As with any medical procedure, dermal fillers should only be administered by a dermatologists. The immediate results go a long way in restoring the volume of the face to a more radiant and youthful appearance.