As a top La Jolla cosmetic dermatology and laser clinic, we are primarily concerned with reversing the signs and symptoms of aging. As we age, we lose volume in our skin and tissue. Not only does our collagen and elastin diminish, but we also lose essential fat pads in our face in addition to bone loss. These important structures serve as a scaffold. The decline of this scaffold leads to our face sagging and drooping, creating deep folds. Facial volume loss can leave us with an aged appearance, thus losing our lively countenance.
Facial aging typically starts in our 20s and 30s with the loss of essential volume. Women tend to age more quickly and more noticeably than men, especially when childbearing has a more dramatic impact on accelerated aging. In our 30s we tend to lose about 10 milliliters of volume, generally a tablespoon of fat a year starting after age 30. Genetics and other environmental factors can play a role in the degree of loss of essential facial volume.