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  • Sunken Features — How They’re Caused and How Juvéderm Voluma XC Can Fix Them

    As you grow older, your face tends to lose volume in your cheeks, around your eyes, and in other noticeable places. This is due to fat, muscle, and collagen loss. Aging, however, isn’t the only contributor to sunken facial features. Other common causes include:

    • Excessive dieting and exercising
      Everyone wants to look slim and trim. But some people take it to the extreme. This can make them look haggard and older than their true age. Volume loss in your face happens from losing too much weight. If you’re a yo-yo dieter, this can make sunken features even worse. This is because the ups and downs of recurrent dieting stretches out ligaments that support tissue in your face, causing loss of elasticity and volume and making you look older than you actually are.
    • Sun exposure
      The number one cause of premature aging, sun exposure speeds the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, making the loss of fat in your face worse.
    • Hormonal changes
      The female hormone estrogen is partially responsible for changes in the amount and quality of fat. As you age, production of this hormone decreases, and fat begins to thin out. This results in sunken facial features.
    • Being underweight
      It is possible to be too thin, and it can make you appear haggard and older. Not enough fat in your body speeds up aging. If you have a naturally thin face, you’ll naturally look as if you have aged.
    • Receding bones
      As you age you lose bone mass in the face and your muscles begin to atrophy. These changes combine to alter the underlying structure of your face in a way that makes your cheekbones look sunken.

    In general, sunken facial features, which are caused by facial volume loss, are accompanied by a loss of blood vessels, fat layers, and collagen. Without these natural supports your skin begins to sink. Classic signs of facial volume loss include prominent lines and wrinkles, sunken temples, flattened cheeks, and loose skin around the jawline. You’ll probably notice also that your skin is drier, thinner, and less vibrant than before.

    Some common myths and facts about sagging, sunken skin are that:

    • Running leads to excessive skin sagging
      This is false. Though running can lead to weight loss, it doesn’t cause sagging, sunken skin in and of itself. And though your entire body bounces up and down while running, no damage to collagen occurs as a consequence.
    • Sleeping on your stomach leads to sunken, sagging skin
      This is another common myth. However, sleeping on your stomach can lead to sleep wrinkles, which are caused by your pillow’s tugging at delicate facial skin as you sleep. As you age, your skin becomes less elastic and resilient, so sleeping on your stomach can impact your appearance. You can avoid this by sleeping on your back.
    • You can engage in facial exercises to reduce sagging skin
      This is true. Certain facial exercises do enhance the size of facial muscles, which can help with sagging skin. But these same exercises can worsen crows’ feet, so you might want to check out Botox instead.
    • Weight loss leads to skin sagging
      This is true. Rapid weight loss can lead to sunken, sagging skin. As you age, your skin loses its natural elasticity, meaning it won’t bounce back as easily to accommodate the weight loss.
    • Certain skin products can help fight sagging skin
      It’s true that you can slow down sagging skin from the inside out by using retinols or prescription retinoids, which help collagen production. Vitamin C serums can also help restore elasticity. What’s more, certain supplements, such as pynogenol, can increase skin elasticity and hydration as they promote the production of hyaluronic acid.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    Juvéderm Voluma XC Lifts Sunken Features

    If you suffer from volume loss, there’s Juvéderm Voluma XC. Safe and effective for pretty much all skin types and tones, Juvéderm Voluma XC consists of a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that, when introduced to your cheek area, instantly fills out, lifts, and contours your face. A naturally occurring molecule found in the human body, hyaluronic acid works to bind and absorb water, creating volume. With time, hyaluronic acid found in the body diminishes, and volume in your cheek area decreases. Juvéderm Voluma XC restores hyaluronic acid to your cheeks and reverses this tendency.

    The immediate results of a Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment get even better after three to five days, as swelling shrinks and bruising fades. And they can last up to two years.

    During your treatment, your physician will mark points on or around your cheeks as guides to the appropriate sites for introducing Juvéderm Voluma XC. Then she will clean those sites with antibacterial soap and administer a topical anesthetic to numb the area. The lidocaine in Juvéderm Voluma XC increases your comfort during treatment. The actual application takes only a few minutes. Afterward, your physician will clean off all the marks and apply an ice pack to the treatment site.

    The immediate results of Juvéderm Voluma XC continue to improve for one to two weeks as the filler softens and draws moisture into the cheek area.

    The first and only FDA–approved injectable gel that adds volume to your cheek area with a single treatment, Juvéderm Voluma XC delivers results that can last up to two years.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    Restore Volume and Youth with LaserAway

    Great for augmenting hollow cheeks, chins, and jaw lines, Juvéderm Voluma XC fills lines and wrinkles and reshapes facial contours. It works especially well on a variety of wrinkles, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

    Your source for Juvéderm Voluma XC is LaserAway. Offering the most aesthetic service options of any national skincare provider, we use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. And our highly trained staff is experienced and certified in laser and other dermatological procedures. They strive to make your visit comfortable, enjoyable, and satisfying.

    Want to learn more about Juvéderm Voluma XC? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing us at or calling our staff at (888) 965-2737.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

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