Drooping cheeks and sagging of the face can be caused by a whole host of issues. Ultimately, this change in skin tightness and overall appearance is the result of the natural aging process and the changes to collagen in the skin. As people get older, collagen breaks down, leading to looser and drier skin, as well as sagging and wrinkles.
Thankfully our Dallas, TX practice offers a number of facial plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments that tighten the skin and leave you looking more youthful and refreshed. Here are a few ways to eliminate the sagging of the cheeks and jowls.
Facelift and Midface Lift
The facelift is one of the most well-known cosmetic surgery procedures available today. During a facelift, incisions are made behind the ears. Through these incisions, the underlying structures of the face can be adjusted and loose skin can be removed. The result is tightening of the rest of the facial skin to remove wrinkles and fight sagging.
In addition to traditional facelift techniques, there is a midface lift. The midface lift targets the cheek and eye area. The same principles of a facelift are at work in the midface lift, with underlying facial structures adjusted and the facial skin pulled tighter for an improves appearance.
Facial Implants and Cheek Augmentation
Cheek implants are often used as a way of adding prominence and definition to the cheekbones. In some cases, cheek implants may be an ideal way of fighting the sagging of the cheeks that occurs with age. Adding some more volume to the cheekbones will reduce sagging to a certain degree, allowing your face to look youthful and energetic again.
Facial implants are custom crafted from all kinds of materials. The cheek implants can be placed on their own, or may be used in combination with another facial lift procedure.
Fat grafting involves removing fat from one part of the body and injecting it into another part of the body. When fighting problems with sagging or drooping cheeks, fat grafting can be quite effective. The fat is usually harvested from the abdominal area or the buttocks using liposuction. This provides two benefits: a little bit of cosmetic fat removal and an improvement of facial appearance.
Dermal Filler Injections
In addition to fat transfer, there are other injectable options for sagging skin. Dermal fillers can add volume to an injection site, making the skin in that area appear firmer and suppler. While the results are only temporary, there is no scarring or downtime, and repeat treatments can be performed.
Skin Tightening Options
Sometimes surgery and injections aren't the answer, especially for subtle drooping and sagging. Instead, a little bit of skin tightening may be all that's required to turn back the clock and reduce facial sagging. Laser treatments and intense light treatments can be effective in promoting the growth of new skin and collagen that enhances the youthfulness of your appearance.
Learn More about Facial Rejuvenation
For more information about treating the cheeks and the middle portion of your face, be sure to contact our plastic and reconstructive surgery center today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.