As we mature the cheeks diminish in subcutaneous fat and bony support. A maturing woman loses the round mid face and develops a more mature appearance. Sagging of the mid face is a common concern. Nasolabial folds are often the first sign of mid facial volume loss and/or loss of elasticity of the skin and ligaments. Jowling follows . . . Some of our patients describe this as “My face is falling.” When corrected early the progressive signs of aging are slowed.
Before and After
Restoring facial volume loss with filler is the Gold Standard. Over the last decade our wheelhouse of fillers to treat cheek volume loss has expanded. In 2013, Voluma ® hit the market as the first FDA approved facial filler for cheek augmentation. Since then others have followed, such as Restylane Lyft. But, realistically we have a handful of products to fill the cheek. Juvederm Ultra Plus ®or Revanesse Versa ® are HA fillers that plump and fill. While Voluma ®, Restylane Lyft ®, and Radiesse ® provide more structured support for lifting. Sculptra ® is a gradual onset filler and Bellafill is a long lasting filler. Each filler has its own characteristics which allows us to customize your treatment to what your face needs.
Other non-invasive means of lifting the mid face is the PDO thread lift. Restoring volume with filler is often paired with lifting threads for spectacular results. PDO threads address three things, collagen, laxity, and volume. PDO threads can instantly help to mechanically lift the skin. As the body absorbs the PDO thread, collagen is restore. This combination therapy is a few tricks Dr. Pierone uses in this legendary procedure he calls the Symmetry Lyft TM.
Q:What are pros/cons of these 3 methods of enhancing the upper cheek/temple of the face: fat transfer, Bellafill, and Sculptra? Wondering if it is just the individual preference of the doctor (as to what he or she is most accustomed to using), or is there a big cost...