Add Volume to Sagging Cheeks

We offer a range of treatments for fuller cheeks in Glasgow from our cosmetic clinic

As we age, our cheeks sag or become more droopy. We used to believe this was simply due to the effect of gravity, which causes the tissues in the cheek area to fall. We now have a much more sophisticated understanding of facial ageing and realise that loss of volume is the main contributor to this type of ageing that changes the shape of the cheek. 

When we are young, we have a plentiful supply of fat or volume in the face — this keeps the skin looking firm and taut with a contour and definition that can enhance the youthfulness of the face.

As we age, however, we lose volume and so the appearance of redundant — or excess — skin develops. In addition to this, there are changes that occur at the bony level causing the facial skeleton to lose bone. This contributes to the loss of volume, as well as reduces the structural support for the soft tissues of the cheek. 

Cheek Fillers for Natural-Looking Volume

The mainstay of treating sagging cheeks for natural-looking results has therefore moved away from ‘lifting’ to ‘filling’.

Although the idea of a filling procedure can seem quite scary at first – we have all seen celebrities with over-filled faces that don’t always look nice – the effects of well carried out cheek fillers (dermal fillers) can be extremely effective at rejuvenating the face. Fillers enhance the face by giving more definition to the facial contours in a way that looks natural.

The key to augmenting the cheeks with a dermal filler treatment is to focus on simply restoring what has been lost; not trying to create something that never existed in the first place. So long as you stick within this remit, you should achieve a very natural, youthful and effective result.

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Non-Surgical Treatments for Sagging Cheeks:

Cheek Fillers (Dermal Fillers)

Cheek fillers are the quickest, easiest, cheapest, and usually the most effective way of rejuvenating sagging cheeks. Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is injected beneath the skin’s surface into the areas that have lost volume.

The placement of each injection is very precise.

As a procedure, it is one of the safest available, since a hyaluronic acid dermal filler can be dissolved if a rare complication develops or if the patient changes their mind. As a result, dermal fillers are the most popular non-surgical treatment.

In regular cases, a dermal filler lasts anywhere between 4 months and 3 years, depending on the type of dermal filler treatment, the treated areas, and the desired shape.

Depending on where the dermal fillers are injected in the cheek area, you could not only add volume but also reduce wrinkles in the process. The result generally resembles the patients’ natural volume rather than an unnaturally filled look. This can do a lot in fighting the visual effects of ageing.

Our clinic has vast experience with dermal fillers and related treatments.

Thread Lift

Another option is not to add volume at all. A thread lift procedure is an example of this as it uses barbed stitches under the skin to lift the skin.

Because it does not replace any of the lost volume, it is regularly combined with dermal fillers in the form of a cheek filler treatment.

Although threads have become very popular again in recent years, the effects can be limited and patient selection is absolutely key because it is not the ideal treatment procedure for all patients.

The thread lift is best suited to younger women in their late 30s or early 40s.

We offer this procedure at our cosmetic clinic in Glasgow as part of our non-surgical facelift treatments.

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Surgical Treatments for Sagging Cheeks:

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are the traditional way of restoring volume in the mid-face. This was the most widely used technique for adding volume before dermal fillers became popular. Unlike dermal fillers, they are usually inserted under general anaesthetic.

An incision is made inside the mouth, creating access to the cheekbones. A solid implant, usually made of silicone, is then inserted on top of the bone. The swelling following this procedure can be very pronounced and can take a few months to settle down completely.

The benefit of cheek implants is that they last a long time — although they usually need to be replaced at some point in the future as the face continues to age but the implant remains the same.

Traditional surgical cheek implants have fallen out of favour in recent years since injectable technology such as dermal fillers has improved.

Facelift Surgery

A facelift is a cost-effective treatment for reducing loose skin on the lower face and neck. This procedure, however, has a more limited impact on reducing the amount of sagging skin on the cheek area.

Why Choose the Aesthetic Medicine Institute?

The Aesthetic Medicine Institute is a cosmetic surgery in Glasgow founded by Dr Darren McKeown, a leading cosmetic surgeon and aesthetics specialist in Scotland. The clinic is located in the heart of the Glasgow city centre.

Dr McKeown has been offering surgical and non-surgical treatments from his clinic since 2011.

With the collective skills of a highly experienced, highly trained team and a reputation for impeccable cosmetic work, the Aesthetic Medicine Institute is a top cosmetic clinic in Scotland and sees thousands of patients annually.

Give your face the volume it deserves with a team that is among the best.

Who is Dr Darren McKeown?

Dr Darren McKeown is the founder of the Aesthetic Medicine Institute and a practising cosmetic surgeon and clinical researcher.

He finished med school in 2004, the same time his first academic paper was published in the British Journal of Cancer. He has since gone on to found his own clinic, move his clinic from London to Glasgow, and continue with clinical research on plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr McKeown and his clinic have been featured in several publications and on TV.

Get in touch with us on 0141 370 0509 to start your journey towards fuller cheeks!

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