When the cheeks lose volume, they appear to ‘sink’. In reality, facial skin has begun to sag, causing the cheeks to appear flat and hang lower.
As people age, collagen and elastin levels steadily deplete. These are the proteins that give the skin its plumpness and elasticity. As the cheeks lose volume, they appear to recede inwards, causing the face to look older. This can also give the impression of being sad.
Poor diet and undereating can contribute to the development of sunken cheeks. Rapid weight loss causes the previously plump skin to sag. Smoking and poor skin health can lead to problems with the blood vessels delivering nutrients to the face, which may also lead to sunken cheeks.
Although sunken cheeks are not a medical concern, people often seek cosmetic treatments to give their skin back its youthful appearance.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.