The loss of volume around your cheeks as you get older can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. If you’re tired of looking in the mirror at saggy cheeks, there are several options to consider.
At Yco Facial Plastic Surgery in Encinitas, California, our skilled plastic surgeon, Mario Yco, MD, specializes in minimally invasive treatments to address age-related wrinkles and loose skin around the cheekbones.
Dr. Yco offers personalized skin consultations to determine if you’re a candidate for nonsurgical treatments or facial plastic surgery.
The underlying cause of saggy cheeks
As you get older, your body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that keep skin healthy and young-looking.
The loss of those proteins causes skin to become loose and less flexible than it was in your youth. Initially, your skin begins to wrinkle and fine lines develop. Gradually, the area around your cheekbones may start to sag and droop down toward your mouth.
The skin around your cheeks may also begin to sag if you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time.
Other factors that can lead to saggy cheeks include:
- Muscle atrophy
- Repetitive facial movements
Furthermore, if you spend too much time in the sun without the protection of a high-quality sunscreen, you may also notice more saggy, wrinkled skin on your face, neck, arms, and other areas exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
Treatment options to fix saggy skin
As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Yco understands how different your appearance can be when you lose facial volume around the cheeks. To help improve the natural contours of your face and help you achieve your aesthetic goals, he offers several treatments that target saggy skin around the cheekbones.
PDO thread lift
A polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift involves inserting several PDO threads into the skin around your cheeks. These threads have barbs on the ends to keep the threads in place, and Dr. Yco pulls the threads backwards or upwards to lift the skin around your cheeks.
A PDO thread lift also stimulates your body’s natural healing response, sending new collagen into the areas the threads are inserted into. The new collagen adds more volume to your face to enhance your natural cheekbone contours.
Over time, the PDO threads dissolve on their own without having to be removed, leaving you with a younger-looking face.
Dermal fillers, which contain substances like hyaluronic acid, aim to restore lost volume around your cheeks. Injections of precise amounts Sculptra™ or Belotero Balance® can smooth out moderate to severe wrinkles and fill in saggy, hollowed cheeks for a fresher appearance.
Dr. Yco also performs fat transfers, which involves taking unwanted fat from one area of your body and injecting it into areas around your cheeks to improve facial volume and contours.
A face-lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and reposition facial muscles to give you a younger-looking and natural appearance.
While a face-lift is the most invasive option for enhancing the contours of your cheeks, Dr. Yco uses advanced surgical techniques to prevent damage to your skin and minimize your risk for long-lasting scars.
If you have saggy facial skin, Dr. Yco can help. He can give you a thorough consultation and discuss your next steps. To learn more, call 760-944-4211 or book an appointment online with YCO Facial Plastic Surgery today.