As we age the face changes in shape and structure. The lovely, plump rounded contours of childhood and early adulthood are gradually lost with laxity of the skin and descent of the skin and supporting structures, and shrinkage of the fat pads. This results in:
- Jowling of the jawline
- Hollowness of the midcheeks
- Accentuation of the nasolabial folds
- Downturn of the corners of the mouth with accentuation of 'marionette' lines
- Thinning of the temples
- Loose skin and bags around the eyes
We have discussed treatment of some of these factors at:
Restoring some of the plumpness to the face brings back youthful contours and can be easily and rapidly achieved by the use of filler treatment. Filler is commonly used in the mid-cheek area and into the zygomatic area (the 'high cheekbone' area). This is frequently combined with filler into the nasolabial folds or around the mouth. The safety of filler treatments is very high, and results last 12 months in most cases.
What is Involved?
The first step in the process is to assess your face and decide what is needed. The best results are achieved with a great plan!
Important decisions include how much filler to use, and where it is best employed. The use at the same time of muscle relaxant injections is often beneficial.
When treating hollowness of the cheeks for example, it is usually necessary to use 2 - 3 ml of filler to start.
Once this has been decided, local anaesthetic cream can be used to numb the areas.
Treatment involves a number of small injections to provide support and contouring and is surprisingly painless.
Some swelling is present afterwards, and occasionally some bruising, although in most cases, very little downtime is needed.
Is the Treatment Safe?
The doctors at Laser Skin Care have many years experience in filler treatments, and in this time have seen no serious problems or complications.
Find out more about the Risks and Effects of Hollow Cheeks.