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Cosmetic Dermatology

Facial Volume Loss

The facial changes related to aging result from two simultaneous processes: decreased collagen resulting in sagging skin and facial volume loss of fat and bone.

Too often patients and physicians focus on the droopiness of the face and do not take into consideration the concomitant loss of facial volume. The most obvious features of facial volume loss include depressions of the areas just below the lower eyelids (tear trough), central cheek, temples, and chin. Most patients seeking facelifts actually need both a lift and replacement of lost facial volume. Facelifts, especially of the vertical vector type, are meant to increase cheek facial volume, however, they will not replace lost tear trough or chin volume.

Fillers include a number of products to replace lost facial volume. Fat transfer surgery removes unwanted fat from one area and injects it into the facial region. Chin augmentation is a permanent correction of lost chin volume and creates a dramatic improvement for patients with a weak chin.


This is to be only used as an educational piece and individuals should not use it to self-diagnose a condition or problem. Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if any of these treatments or procedures are right for you.

Treatments for Facial Volume Loss

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