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The Aging Process and Fat Pad Migration

By September 2, 2022No Comments

Aging is an inevitable fact of life. As we get older, the body goes through several physical changes. The most notable change usually occurs in our faces. For some, the aging process starts in their 40s and 50s, but for others it can start as early as the mid 30s. When we think the changes in our face, most people think about the development of lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of volume. Have you ever wondered what happens under the skin that contributes this outward appearance? Let’s talk about fat pad migration and the important role it plays on our facial structures.

So what exactly are fat pads?

Fat pads are essentially a collection of fat cells closely packed together, that sit on top of the muscles in the face. They are also found all over the body, like in your hands and feet.

What happens to these fat pads as we age?

Over time, the fat pads in our upper face and mid face tend to decrease in size, separate, and move downward. This creates the appearance of a “hollowed” look in the temples, under the eyes, and in the cheeks. Sometimes, you will also see the formation of “jowls” along the jawline due to the lower pads increasing in size.

So what can be done about it?

The good news is that there are several options to reduce the signs of aging if one should want to. Thankfully, unless the case is extreme, they are minimally invasive and cost effective. One of the techniques used to restore volume in the face is dermal filler. Filler can be injected in several areas of the face, such as in the cheeks to add structure and prevent any further sagging, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Filler is also a highly individualized treatment. Please contact us to set up a consultation to discuss with one of our skilled providers what treatment might best suit you.

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