Midface Sagginess
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Midface Sagginess

If you've ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your cheeks have started to sag, you may have midface sagginess. It is caused due to the natural process of aging that leads to a gradual descent of the soft tissues in the middle part of the face. This often results in an elongated or tired-looking appearance and can be exacerbated by sun exposure, smoking, and other factors. While there are several surgical procedures available to address sagging face cheeks, many people may not be aware of these options or feel uncomfortable discussing them with their doctor. Here we will explore the causes and symptoms of midface sagginess, as well as some of the treatment options available.

Symptoms of midface sagginess

Some of the common symptoms of midface sagginess are as follows:

  • Cheeks that appear elongated or tired
  • Volume loss in the cheeks
  • Drooping of the skin and muscles in the middle of the face
  • Pronounced nasolabial folds (lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Marionette lines (lines that extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin)
  • Sagging skin under the eyes

Causes of midface sagginess

As people get older, they lose collagen and elastin in their skin. This results in a loss of skin elasticity, which causes the skin to sag. The loss of volume in the midface also contributes to sagginess. The depletion of fatty tissue causes the cheek area to collapse and creates a hollowing effect. This can make the face look sunken and aged.

Several factors can contribute to premature aging, including sun damage, smoking, and poor diet. However, there are ways to help slow down the aging process and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. It includes using sunscreen, avoiding foods that promote inflammation, and specific face exercises for sagging cheeks. Speak with our physician to determine the best treatment option for your condition.  

What are the treatment options for midface sagginess?

The treatment options for midface sagginess include

Topicals: Topicals are medications or treatments that you apply to your skin. They can include creams, lotions, gels, and ointments. Topicals work for sagging cheeks and midface by delivering active ingredients directly to the skin. This helps to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Topicals are a safe and effective option, and they can be used in combination with other treatments, such as laser therapy or surgery.

Laser resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is a popular treatment for many types of skin damage, including sun damage, wrinkles, scars, and midface sagginess. It uses a laser to remove the top layer of skin. This improves the appearance of the skin by removing any damaged or wrinkled skin, and it also stimulates the production of new, healthy skin. The procedure may take a few hours, and you may need to wear a bandage or dressing afterward. Recovery time can vary, but most people feel comfortable returning to their normal activities within a few days. 

Non-invasive RF (thermage, venus Viva): Non-invasive RF (thermage, venus Viva) is a type of energy-based skin tightening treatment that helps to improve the appearance of sagging skin on the midface. The treatment uses radiofrequency energy to heat the skin and stimulate the production of collagen, which helps to firm and tighten the skin. The treatment provider controls the depth of the treatment so that it is tailored to your individual needs. The treatment is typically performed in a series of sessions, and you may see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your skin after just one treatment. However, to achieve the best results, a series of treatments is typically recommended.

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