Check the calendar – the holidays and all those parties are right around the corner!

Whether male or female, as we age there are significant changes in facial volume, both anatomically and aesthetically. We begin to notice these changes in our early to mid-thirties depending on environmental exposure, lifestyle and genetics. In the aging face, fat pads that once provided facial volume begin to migrate downward and reduce in size, resulting in heaviness in the lower face and a flattened upper face. This aesthetically looks like bags or hollowed dark circles under the eyes, creases or folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth, jowls at the jaw line and a downward turn or frown to the corners of the mouth.

One way to replace this lost or migrating facial volume, without surgery, is to use hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, such asRestylane-L®, Perlane-L®, JUVÉDERM® XCJUVÉDERM Voluma™ XC, and Radiesse®, into areas where fat naturally occurs in a youthful face. By adding dermal fillers to the cheek area, around the lateral eye brow, and tear troughs, nasal folds and mouth, the face appears fuller, lifted and more youthful. These products may also be used to contour the nose or chin with no pain or downtime.

Our goal is to artistically replace the natural volume loss, without changing the patient’s facial structure, resulting in a fuller, lifted, symmetrically contoured face. These “liquid face lifts”, as they are often referred to as, will give a freshened, rested more youthful look. This is a great adjunct to laser or surgical treatments as well. With a few injections and local numbing, artistic providers can restore a youthful look in just one 30-minute visit. There may be some minor bruising depending on the areas being treated, medications or a patient’s age. In most cases; however, these treatments can be done even days before that Holiday event.