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.