The ageing process takes its toll on every part of the body, from the muscles and bones, to your skin. And it is the visual impact of this process, particularly on the face, that is something many people want to avoid, or rectify. This can include reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, or preventing them altogether. But it’s the effect of ageing on the facial fat pads that can have an influence on the structure and volume of the face, and this can cause skin to sag, and lose shape. But how does ageing affect facial fat pads? And what can you do? Well, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic, we are Preston’s leading aesthetic procedure experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about ageing and facial fat pads.
What are facial fat pads?
So, first of all, what are facial fat pads? Well, these are closely packed areas of fat cells that help to give volume, shape and definition to your face. These can be found on the upper and mid face, as well as the lower face. Fat pads are usually also responsible for the shape of your cheekbones, as well as your chin and jawline.
How does ageing affect facial fat pads?
But how are these fat pads effected by the ageing process? Well, as we age two things begin to happen:
- The fat pads on the upper and mid face begin to waste away
- The fat pads on the lower face begin to get bigger
As some fat pads begin to decrease, the shape of your face will begin to change, as there is less support for other fat pads in the same facial region.
The physical effects
The physical effects of these processes, that can be seen on your face will cause the upper and middle parts of the face to lose structure and sag, while the bottom of your face will become heavier. This can cause:
- Drooping eyebrows or eyelids
- More noticeable wrinkles and lines
- Under eye “bags” can appear
- Hollowed cheeks and temples
- Drooping nose tip
- Development of marionette’ lines
- Less defined jawline
- Jowls to form
What can you do to treat facial fat pads?
There are a number of things you could consider to reduce the physical effects of facial fat loss. But the most efficient option is to use dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers can be injected into the tissue, at different depths to add volume and help to reshape your face. Dermal fillers can also lift areas of fat loss, and this can restore balance and fullness to your face. This can help to provide more support and structuring for other facial fat pads, to prevent any further sagging.
An individualised treatment
No two people will have the same treatment with dermal fillers. This is because the treatment is tailored to your individual face shape, structure and volume to create results that are natural, and perfect for you.