Beauty is reflected in a proportional balance of facial features. However, aging on the face gradually results in wrinkles, lines and volume loss. Loss of volume in the face also results in contour changes. Specifically in the cheek region of the mid-face, this volume loss may cause a bony, gaunt look. To counteract the aging process, many now opt for a non-surgical cheek lift to return to a more youthful, vibrant appearance. A benefit of the non-surgical cheek lift treatment allows for immediate results without the drawback of a more invasive surgery.
THE NUANCES OF CHEEKBONES AND STRUCTURE
Cheekbones are paramount in the equation of proportional balance, and plump cheekbones symbolize youth. In children, teenagers and adults into their thirties, the malar fat pad rests firmly on top of the cheekbones. Aging contributes to facial skin sagging, resulting in the malar fat pad sliding down and into the face. The appearance of sunken cheekbones occurs when the fat pad no longer plumps them up.
Youthful faces are voluminous in the cheeks. However, the mid-face volume deficit occurs in varying degrees with age. The loss of soft tissue under cheeks result in bony contours of the cheekbone region. Innovations in dermatology, such as the non-surgical cheek lift, now better reverse the aging process in this area. Today’s non-surgical treatments address volume restoration and fat loss to counteract sagging and harsh contours.
NON-SURGICAL CHEEK LIFT OPTIONS
Full, rounded cheeks equate youth and vitality. On the contrary, sunken and sagging cheeks reflect aging. To uplift the face and plump cheekbones, volume must be restored to region.
A non-surgical cheek lift uses dermal fillers injected into areas of volume and fat loss. Three injectables used most often include Restylane, Radiesse and Juvéderm. The cosmetic treatment is sometimes known as a liquid facelift, which may also address the surrounding eye area. When fat of the upper cheek begins to sag, puffy, sagging and dark circles in the lower eyelid region become more apparent. Non-surgical blepharoplasty is sometimes done in conjunction with a non-surgical cheek lift to improve both areas.
All three dermal fillers add volume to the face and plump cheekbones. They are also used to slightly modify the structure of the facial region. Which formulation used depends on the goals and needs of each patient. The temporary fillers are injected to lift the cheek pads up for the result of high, rounded apple-shaped cheeks. Cheek implants, on the contrary, lift check pads laterally.
Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound. It naturally occurs in bones and cartilage. Radiesse works by interacting with tissue near the injection site to support new collagen fibers. It can add structural support and add volume to cheekbones.
Here is an example of how Radiesse can improve restore volume in cheekbones.
Restylane and Juvéderm
Both Restylane and Juvéderm are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar in the body and aides in hydration. HA binds to water, collagen and elastic. Restylane has a thicker consistency than Juvéderm.
These dermal fillers hydrate skin, promote collagen synthesis and add volume to the face. For a cheek lift, Restylane and Juvéderm replenish volume lost and plump cheeks.
Radiesse is used more for structural results and contour additions. It is recommended for bone structures that lack naturally high cheekbones. Restylane and Juvéderm are also used for contouring and mild to moderate structural results.
In determining the most appropriate injectable, consult with a dermatologist for the pros and cons of each option.