Age 30. Sagging Cheeks Causing Prominent Nasolabial Creases and Jowls. Not Interested in Fillers?

Want a more permanent solution to lift up cheeks to get rid of saggy cheek creases and jowls and I always look sad from the sagginess.

Doctor Answers 3

Sagging cheeks

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It is hard to say what is needed without pictures.  A facelift is not needed at age 30.  Flat, hypoplastic cheeks can be augmented with placement of a small cheek implant.  These silastic implants are placed thru an intra-oral incision under a brief general anesthetic.    

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How To Address Sagging Cheeks and Prominent Nasolabial Creases and Jowls

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It is difficult to answer this question without photos and/or a direct clinical examination. Typically someone in your age range (25-34) does not need invasive treatments such as a facelift. You mention not wanting fillers, but fillers are often a great way to address volume loss, sagginess, creases and jowls in a relatively young individual.  Another option that may give some benefit (again depending on the clinical exam and patient expectations) is skin tightening.  At this point, the best advice I can give you is to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options that will best suit your needs.

Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
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More permanent way to address lack of cheek fullness

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Thank you for the question.  Without photos and a direct examination, it is always tricky to give out good advice in this arena.  But, in general, in someone of your age, skin excess is typically not your enemy.  Thus, a face lift or other skin tightening measure is probably not necessary.  If you feel that you have lost some cheek volume and your skin hangs or sags differently, then replacing that volume may be your best bet.  To do that, you would either have to utilize a filler via injection or a fat grafting procedure.  Both options can ultimately get you similar results.  Fat grafting is certainly more permanent when the fat takes well.  It is a bit more involved since you need to harvest the fat very much like minor liposuction at the abdomen or hip.  Sculptra is a longer lasting filler that gets replaced with your own collagen in the end.  It costs more than your typical filler (average $750 a vial) and requires 2-3 sessions (or vials) to get you to that endpoint.  The Sculptra should offer a lasting impression for several years although it is meant for subtle enhancement.  Those are the two options I give my patients when they present in clinic for this reason.     

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