Environmental elements combined with gravity and the natural aging process can lead to cosmetic changes over time. As the skin continues to lose elasticity, the cheeks can begin to sag.
Patients who want to address the appearance of jowls or sagging cheeks have a few treatment options available. Non-surgical options and facial cosmetic surgery can minimize the signs of aging and improve your appearance. Here, Dr. William C. Cohen discusses treatments for drooping cheeks, which we offer at our Orange County, CA practice.
Is There a Way to Prevent Drooping Cheeks?
If you haven’t already started to develop sagging jowls or cheeks, you may be wondering if there is any way to prevent these problems from happening in the first place. A healthy lifestyle and a diet rich in antioxidants can help you maintain younger-looking skin for longer. However, there really is no way to completely halt the aging process. It is simply part of life.
Apart from diet, there are other ways to slow the appearance of sagging skin. First, smoking can dramatically accelerate the aging process. To improve the condition of your skin and your overall health, we recommend kicking the habit for good if possible. Second, apply sunscreen daily. This can help prevent signs of sun damage that often appear on the face and neck.
Non-surgical Treatments for Drooping Cheeks
While cosmetic surgery procedures will be the most effective and long-lasting solutions for drooping cheeks, many patients find that injectable dermal fillers can lift, tighten, and smooth the skin.
Some of the injectable treatments we offer include:
- BOTOX® Cosmetic
- JUVÉDERM™ Injectable Gel
These treatments are especially useful for those with mild signs of aging. Many people even choose to receive injectables until they are ready to undergo facial cosmetic surgery. These treatments are unique, and are designed for varying needs and goals. Dr. Cohen can help you determine which injectable treatment will be right for your situation.
Mini Face Lift
If you want to address your sagging cheeks, but are satisfied with your other facial features, a mini face lift may be the solution for you. During this procedure, Dr. Cohen can refine the features on the lower third of your face, including your jowls, chin, and neck. This treatment is more conservative than a full face lift, and can provide a dramatic result. Typically, the tissue in the lower facial area is repositioned upward and outward during a mini face lift. Any excess skin will be removed for a smooth, rejuvenated appearance.
Full Face Lift
If you have experienced more dramatic signs of aging, a full face lift may be the most effective procedure for you. This comprehensive treatment is more invasive than a mini face lift. However, it addresses the mid and lower regions of the face.
Both face lift options can take years off of your appearance. The solution that is right for you will depend on your unique and specific needs.
The placement of a cheek implant can fill out the mid face and reduce the appearance of drooping cheeks.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Dr. Cohen can help you determine which treatment option will effectively meet your needs. If you would like to explore your candidacy for facial cosmetic treatments, schedule a consultation with us today. To reach us, call (714) 628-1313 or contact us online anytime.