Addressing Facial Volume Loss: Understanding, Causes, and Treatments

Deemesh Oudit - Manchester Plastic Surgery

1. What is Facial Volume Loss?

Facial volume loss is a common condition that refers to the decrease in facial fat and the thinning of the skin, which can lead to a sunken or hollow appearance. This natural process is part of aging and is most noticeable in areas such as the cheeks, under the eyes, temples, and around the mouth. As we age, our faces lose subcutaneous fat, causing the facial muscles to work closer to the skin surface, which makes smile lines and crow’s feet more apparent.

The loss of facial volume can also affect the overall shape of the face, often leading to a more aged appearance. Youthful faces tend to have a “V” shape with plump cheeks and a well-defined jawline, but with the progression of volume loss, this “V” can invert, leading to a less youthful profile.

2. What Causes Facial Volume Loss?

Facial volume loss can be attributed to several factors, with aging being the primary cause. As we age, the body’s production of collagen and elastin—two proteins responsible for skin elasticity and firmness—diminishes. This reduction in collagen and elastin, combined with the loss of fat padding, contributes to a less supple and more deflated facial appearance.

Genetics also play a significant role in determining how one’s face will age, including the rate and pattern of volume loss. Lifestyle choices, such as excessive sun exposure, smoking, and poor diet, can accelerate this process by breaking down collagen and elastin more quickly and damaging the skin’s overall health.

Furthermore, weight loss, particularly if it is rapid or significant, can lead to reduced facial volume. The facial skin can sag and lose its youthful contour when fat that once plumped the face is lost.

3. How to Treat Facial Volume Loss:

Treating facial volume loss effectively requires a bespoke approach, tailored to each individual’s needs. Dr. Deemesh Oudit, a renowned plastic surgeon, offers a range of treatments at his Manchester clinic to address this condition:

  • Dermal Fillers: Dr. Oudit utilizes high-quality injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, to rejuvenate and plump up areas of the face that have lost volume. This non-surgical option provides immediate results with minimal downtime.
  • Fat Transfer: Also known as fat grafting, this technique is expertly performed by Dr. Oudit. It involves transferring fat from another part of the body to the face, offering a natural-looking enhancement that can be more lasting than synthetic fillers.
  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy): For patients experiencing more significant facial volume loss, Dr. Oudit offers facelift surgery. This procedure effectively addresses sagging and aging signs by removing excess skin and repositioning facial tissues, resulting in a youthful and refreshed appearance.

Each treatment plan is carefully crafted by Dr. Oudit to meet the unique requirements and aesthetic goals of his patients, ensuring optimal results and patient satisfaction.

It’s important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Deemesh Oudit, to discuss the most appropriate treatment options for facial volume loss. Dr. Oudit will evaluate your individual case, consider your aesthetic goals, and recommend a tailored treatment plan to achieve natural-looking, rejuvenating results. With the right approach, facial volume loss can be effectively managed, restoring a youthful, vibrant appearance that reflects your inner vitality.


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Tina Bridges Avatar Tina Bridges
January 18, 2023

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Dhanesh Yadav Avatar Dhanesh Yadav
January 18, 2020

Mr Oudit performed my arm surgery in June 2023. I initially chose Mr Oudit based on his credentials and reviews. After meeting Mr Oudit I was immediately put at ease and had full confidence in his capabilities. I was not wrong. I am now 3 months post surgery and I am extremely happy with the results already. Full healing of the scars may take up to 12 months and as the healing process progresses the results will continue to improve. Mr Oudit was completely honest about what the surgery entailed and what the potential risks, as with any surgery, could be. He talked me though the entire process and explained exactly what to expect from the surgery. I am so pleased with the results from the surgery that I have booked another procedure for the new year.

angela mcmunnigal Avatar angela mcmunnigal
September 18, 2023

Never felt so confident in my life til now. Only one month post op and I feel amazing!! Thank you Dr Deemesh Oudit for changing my life.

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January 18, 2020

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