Ask Dr Imaan: I look after my skin and it’s in fairly good condition but it’s starting to sag around my mouth and jaws, making me look sad and old. It upsets me to see this in the mirror.
It can be upsetting to look at ourselves in the mirror after a certain age, and see someone older than our mental image of ourselves.
As we approach our 40s, no matter how good our skincare, gravity begins to take its toll, which is seen mostly in the changes you describe- a sagging in the lower face that can be seen as the nose-mouth lines, the nasolabial folds; the downturned mouth, or marionette lines and the beginning of jowls, as the skin around the mid face loses its elasticity and volume and begins to sag.
If budget isn’t an issue, ideal treatment of this issue is with dermal filler to replace the lost volume in the cheeks, as discussed in my post on cheek filler– that will usually also treat a variety of other issues, such as hollowing and circles under the eyes, hollowing of the cheeks and smoothing out of the lines around the nose and mouth.
For most people, this would require 3-4mls or more over 1-2 months until the desired effect is achieved, which can be expensive. As a guide, a woman in her 30s would need around 3mls, one in her 50s 5 mls and so on. Thick filler lasts around 12 months and costs around $650-700/ml, depending on the brand.
The filler would be injected around the mid face to replace lost volume, smoothing out hollows under the eyes, nasolabial folds and rejuvenating the face subtly.
It can be expected to last around 12 months, and then need regular topup yearly or so, depending on the individual.
In experienced hands, results may be similar to this-
For those for whom budget is an issue, all is not lost. Targeted use of fillers can soften the areas of most concern- in this case, some filler to the corners of the month as well as to the marionettes themselves directly with 1-2mls filler together with some anti wrinkle treatment to the DAOs as covered here.
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