Thin Cheeks Sign of Aging

For years, cosmetic surgeons have focused their attention solely on eliminating wrinkles, specifically marionette lines that run from the nose down to the mouth. The increased definition of these lines is one of the biggest contributors to an older-looking face. The elimination of these wrinkles does make a difference, but many patients noticed that they didn’t necessarily look younger. This led many cosmetic surgeons to reevaluate the approach that they take toward fixing these wrinkle lines.

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The New York Times reports that the newest approaches focus on rebuilding cheek definition, which not only takes care of the wrinkles but also restores a youthful look. The article claims that people with thinner faces tend to show the signs of aging more than those with rounder cheeks. Furthermore, as we age, we lose volume in our faces, predominantly in the cheek area, which is why just filling in the wrinkles is not cutting it for many patients.

Rounder cheeks are the hallmarks of youthfulness, whereas sunken cheeks show a person’s age. The cause of thinner cheeks is threefold: first, as we age, the bone structure beneath our cheeks erodes, making the face look thinner and thinner every year. Second, the layer of fat that lies on top of the cheek bone also thins and is pulled down. Third, the body’s natural production of collagen slows, leading to less-firm skin that is prone to develop fine lines.

Patients are beginning to come around to the new way of thinking after they see the results. Many people look in the mirror, and all they see are the wrinkles, and all they want to do is get rid of the lines, but the problem is better solved by increasing the volume of their cheeks.

Many patients opt for fillers to restore their face’s volume, but, as the article points out, this can often lead to a “chipmunk-cheek look.” A more precise and lasting fix is found in the cheek implant, which is particularly suitable for people with naturally thinner faces. Cheek implants are small pouches of silicone that are placed over the cheekbone surgically. They are implanted using small incisions that are closed with dissolving stitches that leave no scars.

Choosing cheek implants also offers patients a more natural look. They look healthier and more youthful. Our surgeon, John P. Freeman, specializes in facial implants of all kinds. He has been ahead of the curve, using implants for years. He also has the experience and skill necessary to give you the look that you want without looking like you’ve had any procedure done at all. To schedule a consultation, please call 281-599-9445.