Drooping and Sagging Cheeks: What Treatment Are Available? By William P. Baugh on September 30, 2017

A woman's smooth cheeksAging is unavoidable, yet that doesn't mean you have to do so without grace. Lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can be carefully reduced and eliminated thanks to advanced skin care and cosmetic dermatology treatments. Full Spectrum Dermatology offers the people of Fullerton numerous options to overcome aging, including cosmetic dermal fillers and much more.

The cheeks tend to be one of the most problematic parts of the body when it comes to the aging process. Let's explain why and then explore what can be done about it.

What Causes Cheeks to Droop and Sag?

Over time, your face undergoes many changes as a result of the aging process. In your thirties, you lose a lot of the baby fat under the skin, causing your face to appear leaner and more "adult". This process continues from decade to decade. While losing this facial fat, the collagen under the skin also breaks down, resulting in looser skin and eventual drooping and sagging.

The most common place where drooping and sagging appears tends to be around the cheeks, particularly the lower cheek area and along the jawline. This is part of the face tends to experience problems with jowls, which can be a sure sign of aging. Thankfully there are plenty of anti-aging options for this part of the face, and many of them do not involve surgery.

Skin Tightening Treatments

As the skin is starting to droop and sag around the jawline and cheek area, there are many skin tightening procedures to consider that help promote the production of new collagen and firm up the parts of the face that need it most.

Laser skin resurfacing and light therapy options can address blemishes and other topical aesthetic issues while also stimulating the tissue underneath the skin. In the process, the skin of your face with firm up and appear younger and more supple.

Dermal Filler Injections

For more serious drooping and sagging of the cheeks and jowls, your best option might be the use of dermal filler injections. These are cosmetic injectables that add volume to the injection site. In the process, these injection sites plump up. Dermal fillers are ideal for treating lines, wrinkles and hollows that form around the face.

There are many different dermal fillers to choose from, allowing cosmetic surgery and skin care specialists to tailor the treatments just for patients. We can go over all dermal filler options with you during an in-person consultation.

Surgical Treatments for Sagging Cheeks

When the drooping and sagging of the cheeks is pronounced, the best option for treatment is generally surgery. There are two options to consider for surgical rejuvenation of the cheeks:

  • Lower Face Lift – Lower face lift surgery targets the jowls and the jawline, which often sags later in life. The procedure can tighten these areas of the space specifically through incisions behind the ears.

  • Neck Lift Surgery – When the skin of the neck causes problems in addition to the lower face, a neck lift tends to be the most ideal surgery. This procedure will remove the loose skin of the neckline and improve overall appearance.

Will I Need Surgery to Address Jowls and Jawline Issues?

Not necessarily. The degree of sagging around the cheeks and jowls will determine the right treatment option. Many people can simply rely on non-surgical solutions for anti-aging if their skin is healthy and the sagging is not toot pronounced. We can make that assessment when you've visited the practice.

Learn More About Facial Rejuvenation Options

For more information about addressing drooping and sagging of the face and looking your youngest, be sure to contact an experienced facial rejuvenation and skin care expert today. Our team will help you undergo the right treatments for you and your aesthetic needs.

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William Baugh, M.D.

Full Spectrum Dermatology William Baugh, M.D.

Board-certified dermatologist William Baugh is dedicated to providing the best professional dermatological services. He is proud to be affiliated with the:

  • American Board of Dermatology (Diplomate)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (Fellow)
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (Fellow)
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • Christian Medical and Dental Society

For an appointment at Dr. Baugh's modern, spa-like practice, please contact us online or call (714) 879-4312.

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