No two faces age in exactly the same way, but over time most of us do experience volume loss in the face. Lines, wrinkles and folds become noticeable when volume is lost. Fat begins to wither away and shifts downward most often under the eyes, in the cheeks, around the mouth and in the temple area. Collagen and elastin (the main components of the dermis providing support to the skin), diminish as we age. Also, as estrogen levels decrease, fat can start to thin out. Over time, we begin to lose bone mass in the face, which changes the underlying structure, particularly around the nose and midface. There are ways to minimize volume loss. To begin with, aim to keep your weight consistent. Yo-yo dieting can cause a stretching effect of the ligaments that support the face, which results in the loss of elasticity. And it is possible to be too thin. Avid runners and exercisers that burn off a very high amount of calories often look older because of their low body fat. If you do need to lose weight, don’t crash diet. Eat a variety of healthy foods, be steady with your weight loss and keep hydrated. Exercise stimulates circulation, which benefits the skin and resistance training lessens bone loss. If you choose to restore volume in the face with injectable fillers, you may wish to begin with hyaluronic acid fillers since they can be reversed if you don’t like the way you look. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. Hyaluronic acid fillers (some brand names include Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane) are best for the cheeks, lips, temples and nasolabial folds. The best filler results are when you can’t tell that someone had something injected into their face. Fillers can give an overfilled look if they aren’t done correctly, and in some cases they can make the face look distorted if too much is used. Proper placement of volumizing fillers and balancing the whole face are crucial. To find a qualified board certified specialist with proper training in aesthetic injectables, visit ExpertInjector. The question does arise…How do I know if I need fillers or a facelift? A board certified plastic surgeon will help you when considering a facelift. If loose skin is a problem, a facelift, which repositions the underlying muscle, fat and tissue and eliminates excess skin, may be the best option. If you have more of a collapsed, hollowed look, fillers are usually the preference. A facelift lifts the skin and does nothing to reinstate volume. However, most people who are facelift candidates have also lost volume and fillers can be used in addition to the facelift to give a completely rejuvenated look.