Loss of excess baby fat versus desirable adult facial fat
Posted: 4:39 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2015
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I used to have alot of baby fat that made my cheeks look puffy when I was younger. In my thirties, my cheekbones looked higher and more defined as I lost the baby fat. But now in my 60’s, those same cheeks look hollow. Why is my face looking aged and hollow from losing my baby fat?
Answer: Loss of facial fat has different effects on your facial appearance, depending on the areas where the loss occurs and what your chronological age is. While loss of excess baby fat can make you appear more attractive, loss of mature facial fat can you make you look more aged, hollow and “skeletal.”
Loss of facial fat has different effects on your facial appearance, depending on the areas where the loss occurs and what your chronological age is. While loss of excess baby fat can make you appear more attractive, loss of mature facial fat can you make you look more aged, hollow and “skeletal.”
As we continue into our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, we lose additional volume in the face including in the cheeks, in front of the ears, under and around the eyes as well as the temples. This volume loss is the result of loss of facial bone, remodeling of facial bones and loss of adult facial fat rather then excessive baby fat. Unlike the loss of baby fat from unwanted areas, the fat and bone lost at a more mature age occurs from desirable areas where it should be preserved or restored to maintain youthful definition and contours. As a result, the overlying skin loses its support, begins to sag and becomes more wrinkled.
The treatment of volume loss due to aging is most commonly injectable facial fillers. The use of temporary fillers for facial volume loss can be quite costly due to frequent maintenance treatments every 6 to 24 months. Long term fillers such as Bellafill that are considered “permanent”, require fewer maintenance treatments despite the higher upfront cost. Bellafill can be thought of as “owning” your filler versus “renting” it. I use an average of 50 to 60 syringes of Bellafil per month and have found it to be safe, effective and a long lasting injectable filler.
It is a misconception to think you should only seek a surgeon for surgery. Facial Plastic Surgeons have in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and expertise in both non-surgical and surgical facial aesthetic treatments. An alarmingly growing number of doctors, not board certified in plastic surgery, are performing cosmetic treatments. Each time you have a non-surgical cosmetic procedure by a less qualified doctor, you increase your risk of complications and poorer results. When it comes to your face, why would you consider less than a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon? Go to www.abfprs.org to verify that your doctor is board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery.