I have noticed my cheeks sagging and I have just turned 34. I am a uk size 12 so could lose some weight but would definitely not consider myself obese. I did go down to a size 8 a few years back quite quickly so I am not sure if losing weight then gaining it again has caused this to happen. I am keen to get back to a size 10 gradually, would this help reduce my sagging cheeks or make it worse? Also is there anything else I can do? I am happy to try facial massage, trying to avoid surgery.
Cheeks Sagging at 34? (photo)
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Periorbital aging a 34 is probably best handled by volume enhancement.
A 34 some individuals may have modest volume loss in the periorbital area. This is easily treated with fillers.
Prematurely Sagging Cheeks
Rapid or repetitive weight loss and weight gain may contribute to jowl formation (as well as prematurely sagging skin all around). Cigarettes and excessive sun exposure also contribute to accelerated loss of tissue volume in the face, which leads to jowling. For now, I advise you to pursue non-surgical jowl lift under the care of a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Radiesse looks to be the ideal filler for your needs.
Premature Aging at 34?
The natural aging process causes our cheek volumes to descend, evacuating the under-eye area, causing pronouncement of the nasolabial folds, and contributing to the creation of the jowls. Looking at your photo, it would seem your cheek volume is changing in the normal, expected manner, but potentially a little early. Do you have hyper-reflexive joints? Easy bruising? Excessive skin laxity? Any family history of connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers Danlos syndrome? I would make sure all the answers to these questions are negative before doing anything. You mentioned you would like to avoid surgery, so that leaves less invasive methods. I think injectables would be the most beneficial: Sculptra to your high cheeks/cheekbones, Restylane to your under eye area / tear troughs, and perhaps Perlane or Radiesse to your nasolabial folds. All of this can easily be done in the office in just a short time. And no surgery! Good luck -Dr. Capone
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Cheeks sagging at 34
the photo does show early jowling. Possible correctional techniques to consider:
weight loss, radiofrequency skin tightening (thermage), infra-red skin tightening (Cutera's Titan), Liposuction +/- S-lift, Fillers such as Voluma in front of the jowl fullness to minimize the jowling.
Ask you surgeon the benefits of each as well as the results, complications etc
The drooping of your cheeks is a natural age related change. At your young age, I would recommend Radiesse filler to the cheeks. This can help restore the "apple" back to your cheek. The downside is that it only lasts 1 - 2 years. Autologous fat transfer is another option, but in my experience can be unpredictable. I don't think message will be of benefit.
Early facial aging
There are some folks who usually for genetic reasons or maybe from weight issues, will show early signs of facial aging like gravitational descent of the cheeks. While the photo is a very limited view and an in person exam is needed, you do look like you have some sagging going on. Perhaps a cheek lift would help. Sometimes fillers in the cheek bone region can also pull up and redrape sagging tissues a little without surgery.
Surgery for the sagging face.
Surgery for the sagging face is usually needed to remove the excess. I would need to see better photos to say what type--facelift probably. Fillers can temporarily improve the depressions but have to be repeated every 1-2 years.
Cheeks sag at 34
It is not easy to give you an educated answer without all the facts. That is important. If it is just a volume issue then fat grafting can be done and there is no scars or incisions. You could also consider a cheek implant, but a physical exam is best to decide. My best advice is to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon who will truly access your issues and give you an honest opinion vs the opinion you want to hear.