Apr 25, 2023
Aug 1, 2020
Sunken cheeks give off a hollow appearance due to the lack of tissue in that area.
The sunken cheeks appearance may appeal to many. After all, from the catwalks to the silver screen, we are often presented with faces with such attributes, and we can’t help wishing for the same. Yet, some who have them wished they didn’t. Sunken cheeks can add years to a person’s appearance.
Sunken cheeks set in between the bony curve of your cheek under the eye and the lower jawbone. They give off a hollow appearance due to the lack of tissue in that area. On one hand, it creates a defined appearance – highlighting the cheekbones for an example, but in reality, it is also a sign of ageing.
As we age the production of collagen, the protein responsible for a youthful appearance, slows down. When this happens, our skin loses its elasticity and starts sagging. As for the face, this could result in hollowed-out cheeks where the skin appears to recede inwards. Aside from ageing, there are other possible causes, most of which can be avoided.
Smoking is a bad habit that should be reduced or avoided. It harms the skin by destroying the supply of nutrients necessary to keep it healthy. Over time, the harm is visible such as in the appearance of sunken cheeks and dull-looking skin.
Environmental factors like harsh weather and pollution have the same effect on the skin.
Illness is also a cause of sunken cheeks. Certain conditions and illnesses can cause rapid weight loss, which not only compromises our appearance but, more critically, our health. Anorexia is an example, and people who suffer from it need to seek help immediately to prevent further deterioration and avoid other complications.
Back to the most common cause – ageing. It may be inevitable, but if a person practises a healthy lifestyle and diet, one can age gracefully and beautifully even.
There are treatments for those who are self-conscious or concerned about their sunken cheeks appearance. These treatments focus on plumping up the cheeks, and finding the one that is apt for your needs depends on your budget and goals, among other things.
Dermal Fillers are non-surgical cosmetic injectables for filling in hollows, treating sunken cheeks appearance and adding volume to the ageing face. Being non-surgical, quick and simple, they are much preferred by many.
The only downside, perhaps, is that their effects are temporary, with results lasting between NINE months to TWELVE months. A patient may have to go for repeated treatments to maintain their appearance, which can turn out to be costly.
For those seeking a more lasting solution, facial fat grafting or fat transfer, such as ADR-C Facial Fat Grafting, is an option.
It is a minimally invasive facial enhancement and rejuvenation procedure where the doctor extracts a minuscule amount of fat from another area of the patient's body, cleanses and processes it before reinjecting it into the patient's face, on areas where needed. This treatment adds volume to ageing areas of the face and effectively rejuvenates the overlying skin.
Fat grafting results may be enhanced by adding complementary procedures such as Pico Fractional Laser, Ultherapy®, or Anti-wrinkle Injection (BoNTA) for better skin health and a younger and rejuvenated appearance.
It is worth considering this procedure if you already have liposuction, so rather than disposing of the extracted fat, the fat can be repurposed to the face for facial enhancement if you like.
The apparent testimony is in the appearance. As we age, our face shape changes from an inverted triangle or heart-shaped one to a more squarish one. A hollow or sunken cheek creates an aged, tired and even sickly appearance.
Our idea of beauty is arguably a collective impression as we are creatures of influence and as such, easily influenced. Objectively, we may have the same goal, and that is to look good and/or more youthful. The field of aesthetics science has made it possible for us to turn back the clock to a certain extent.
Nonetheless, always opt for the appropriate treatment because, despite our shared perception of beauty, we are still unique in our own ways.