I WANT TO LOOK LESS SAGGY
Treatments to look less saggy
Sagging of the skin and the tissues of the face is an inevitable consequence of aging. No matter what your sex, ethnicity or health status is, we will all experience a gradual sagging of the face as time goes on. As the face ages, all four of the main facial layers change:
Skin - loses collagen and it's elasticity
Muscles - the lifting muscles get weaker whereas the lower face muscles (down-pulling) get stronger
Fat pads - the upper and midface fat pads lose volume leading to reduced support and shape . At the same time the lower face (jowl) fat pads get heavier leading to increased heaviness of the lower face
Bony - the platform of the face shrinks, leading to less support and a changed shape of the face
How can sagging be treated?
The cardinal sign of aging is a slow and continual change is the various tissues of the face - leading to hollows, less plumpness and a visible 'drooping appearance'. The upper face loses volume leading to a reduced shape of the cheeks and the appearance of under eye hollows. At the same time, the lower face gets heavier leading to jowling, a less defined jawline and the neck shape also changes.
We can treat the face holistically with deliberate and targeted fillers to counteract the signs of hollowing, sagging and deflation. By reversing the sagging effect, we can create a brighter, more contoured, more youthful look.
It's important to say that as the degree of sagging worsens, the less useful fillers and non-surgical treatments are. There will come a point where the degree of sagging and loose skin is too advanced. In this scenario you'll be advised that fillers can't be used and if you wish, you can be referred to a trusted plastic surgeon for consideration of surgical techniques including facelifts and neck lifts.
What areas might need to be treated to improve sagging?
By understanding the typical patterns of facial aging, we can predict and devise treatment plans to counteract them. It's important to understand that improve the symptoms of sagging, we need to treat the entire face to maximise the improvement of the tissues and soften the signs of heaviness. This is why sagging treatments almost always need larger volumes of filler as the whole face is typically treated in combination (this can be broken down into several more manageable stages)
The loss of volume in sagging faces is often substantial - so doing focal treatments with small volumes of filler often doesn't lead to any tangible results. But if all of the symptoms of visible sagging are treated together, we can generate better support for the face, re-volumise areas and restore harmony to the facial proportions.
With a skilled injector, it's hard to look 'overdone' with fillers when treating feature of sagging. The significant contributor to the sagging is the degree of volume loss and so in reality, the limiting step to achieving good results is usually too little filler being used.
Every face is different and so there's no such thing as a set price for any fillers. Instead, your face will be examined during your consultation to diagnose how best to improve your signs of sagging and the minimum amount of filler to make a difference. For treatments like this can need anything from 6-15ml of fillers and so it's recommended to break up the treatment into two or sometimes more sessions.