Hollow or sunken areas on the face are a common concern for many people. It makes your face look tired, weak, and old. Several reasons cause these hollows. But fortunately, several cosmetic procedures can plump up these hollow areas giving you a more youthful and refreshing appearance. In this blog, we will discuss why these hollow areas are caused and what procedures can help to plump them up.
What causes the hollow areas on the face?
Multiple reasons might cause hollow areas on the face.
- The most common reason is aging. When you age, facial fat is lost which results in these hollows.
- Another reason is if you are suffering from some kind of illness. Serious health conditions like Lipoatrophy, tuberculosis, eating disorder, and vascular EDS result in either loss of facial fat or reduced amounts of collagen; the impact of which can be seen on your face.
- The personal habits of a person also play a vital role. Poor diet, dehydration, excessive smoking, alcohol consumption, not getting enough sleep, and extreme exercise can also result in hollow cheeks.
What procedures can plump hollow areas on the face?
Now let us look into different cosmetic procedures that can help us get rid of the hollow areas on the face.
1. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are a very popular procedure for plumping sunken areas on the face. The liquid used in fillers is made of hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring substance in the body that adds volume to the skin. These fillers can be used to bring volume in areas such as your cheeks, under the eyes, and around the mouth.
The procedure is minimally invasive and simple. The filler is injected into the target area and the results can be seen immediately. There is no downtime and you can resume your normal daily activities afterward.
2. Fat transfer
Also known as fat grafting, fat transfer is also very helpful when it comes to plumping the hollow areas on the face. What happens during the procedure is that some fat is taken from another area of the body as the abdomen or thighs and is injected into the target area. This procedure can be used to treat hollow cheeks, temples, and nasolabial folds.
The results of fat grafting are long-lasting but some patients might be needing additional treatments to maintain desired results.
Sculptra is another type of injectable filler that contains poly-L-lactic acid. This filler helps to boost and plump up the hollow areas on the face by stimulating the production of collagen. The fillers help the area to produce collagen naturally over time.
Sculptra can be used to treat cheeks, temples, and chin. The results from this procedure last for up to two years.
4. Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure that can help to plump up hollow areas on the face by stimulating collagen production. This procedure uses a laser to remove the top layer of skin, which then triggers the body’s natural healing process. As the skin heals, it produces new collagen, which can help to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of hollow areas.
5. Thread Lift
A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that uses threads to lift and tighten the skin. This procedure can be used to plump up hollow areas on the face, such as the cheeks and jowls. The threads are inserted under the skin using a needle, and they are then pulled tight to lift and tighten the skin.
Results – The results of a thread lift can last for up to two years.
6. Cheek implants
This is a relatively permanent solution for hollow cheeks. It increases the projection of cheekbones and also adds volume to flat and sunken cheeks. The implant is done by a plastic surgeon. These implants are body-safe and are made of solid flexible silicone.
In conclusion, there are several options available for plumping up hollow areas on the face. Dermal fillers, fat transfer, Sculptra, laser resurfacing, and thread lifts are all effective procedures that can help to rejuvenate the face and restore a youthful appearance. To determine which procedure is right for you, it is important to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon who can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment.