Sunken Cheeks
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Sunken Cheeks

Most people are familiar with sunken cheeks – those that give the appearance of having too much skin below the eyes and on the cheekbones. While this problem is typically associated with aging, it can also be a symptom of various health conditions. If you are noticing that your cheeks have become sunken, it is important to identify the cause and seek treatment. Some of the common factors that result in this condition include the environment, personal habits, diet, and illness. Read on to learn more about sunken in cheeks, what might cause them, and how they can be treated.

Symptoms of Sunken Cheeks

Some of the common symptoms of sunken cheeks include:

  • Having too much skin below the eyes and on the cheekbones
  • The appearance of a “tired” or “hollow” look
  • Pronounced nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Weight loss
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Ageing

Causes of sunken cheeks

Are you wondering what causes sunken cheeks? Here are the most common causes.

Post massive weight loss: Sunken cheeks are a common side effect of losing a lot of weight, especially if the weight was lost quickly. When you lose a lot of weight, your body's fat reserves are depleted, which causes your face to sink in and look gaunt. In addition to sunken cheeks, you may also experience thinning hair, dry skin, and a loss of muscle mass. Post massive weight loss sunken cheeks can also lead to health problems such as anemia, osteoporosis, and heart disease. If you have lost a lot of weight and are experiencing any of these side effects, it is important to see a doctor right away. 

Developmental problems: Sunken cheeks can also be caused by developmental problems, such as a cleft palate or a craniofacial anomaly. If you suspect that your child has a developmental problem that is causing their sunken cheeks, it is important to take them to see a doctor.

What are the treatment options for sunken cheeks?

The treatment options for sunken cheeks include

Filler injections: Fillers are a popular treatment for sunken cheeks, as they can help to restore volume and contour to the face. Fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It is administered by injection, and the results are typically seen immediately. The physician recommends how often the filler injections should be repeated to maintain the effects.

Some people are hesitant to get filler injections because they are not permanent and the results last for only a few months. It is recommended to get filler injections every four to six months to maintain the desired results.

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