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What Is Loss of Facial Volume?

Facial volume loss1 is a common concern that occurs as you age. The youthful plumpness that once defined your facial features gives way to hollowing in areas like the cheeks, temples, and under the eyes. This volume loss in the face can lead to a worn appearance, making one look tired or older than they feel.

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What Causes Loss of Facial Volume?

Several factors contribute to facial wasting, including the natural aging process2, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors.

  • Natural Aging: As one ages, the body produces less collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. Additionally, facial fat, which helps create smooth contours, diminishes and shifts, leading to a more hollowed and gaunt face.
  • Lifestyle Choices: Beyond aging, lifestyle choices play a crucial role in facial volume loss. Habits such as smoking can accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin, intensifying the aging process. Excessive sun exposure is another significant factor, as it can contribute to the premature development of fine lines and wrinkles3, further emphasizing the loss of facial fullness.
  • Environmental Factors: Pollution and harsh weather conditions, act as external stressors that amplify facial aging. These elements can damage the skin’s supportive structures, exacerbating the reduction of collagen and elastin.

Best Treatment for Loss of Volume in Face

In NYC, Dr. Sam Rizk is known for providing the best treatment for loss of volume in the face, utilizing advanced surgical techniques to achieve natural-looking results. While non-surgical options are widely advertised, Dr. Rizk focuses on long-lasting solutions that address the face’s underlying structures. Surgical options such as a deep plane facelift4 can be the most effective way to restore lost volume for those seeking significant and enduring rejuvenation.

Surgical Solutions for Facial Volume Loss

Dr. Rizk’s approach to treating facial volume loss involves procedures that offer substantial and lasting results. Fat grafting5, for instance, involves transferring fat from another part of the body to the face, providing the dual benefit of reducing unwanted fat in one area while enhancing facial fullness. This method not only restores volume but also improves skin texture and vitality.

For a comprehensive rejuvenation, a facelift by Dr. Rizk can address the loss of facial volume and the sagging skin6 that often accompanies it. He can sculpt a more youthful and vibrant facial appearance by repositioning deeper tissues and removing excess skin.

Dr. Rizk may also include a fat transfer as part of his deep plane facelift procedure to address sagging cheek fat pads through lifting and replenishing volume in areas like under the eyes, cheeks, and temples. Using your body’s tissue minimizes the risk of lymphatic obstruction, reducing the potential for filler-related edema or swelling. Furthermore, fat contains stem cells, that promote youthful skin radiance.

An Expert Surgeon for Facial Volume Loss in NYC

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rizk in Manhattan if you’re concerned about facial volume loss and seek a solution that offers lasting results. His expertise in facial anatomy and advanced surgical techniques can help you regain a youthful, revitalized look that reflects your inner vitality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best treatment for loss of facial volume?

The best treatment for loss of facial volume is typically a personalized approach that may include surgical procedures such as a facelift. Dr. Rizk evaluates each patient’s needs to recommend the most effective treatment.

Can non-surgical treatments restore facial volume?

While non-surgical treatments can offer temporary improvements, they often cannot achieve the same level of correction as surgical options. Dr. Rizk may use these treatments to enhance the results of surgery.

How long do the results of facial volume restoration last?

The results from surgical treatments for facial volume loss are designed to be long-lasting. Dr. Rizk’s patients enjoy enduring results that reflect a natural, rejuvenated appearance.


1 Stanford Medicine Health Care. Facial Volume Loss and Double Chin. Available: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/skin-hair-and-nails/facial-volume-loss.html.

2 Facial Aging: A Quantitative Analysis of Midface Volume Changes over 11 Years. Available: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/abstract/2021/02000/facial_aging__a_quantitative_analysis_of_midface.10.aspx.

3 Mayo Clinic. Wrinkles. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/symptoms-causes/syc-20354927.

4 National Library of Medicine. Deep Plane Facelift. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK545277/.

5 National Library of Medicine. Autologous Fat Grafting for Facial Rejuvenation. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK557860/.

6 AAD. MANY WAYS TO FIRM SAGGING SKIN. Available: https://www.aad.org/public/cosmetic/younger-looking/firm-sagging-skin.

Sam Rizk, MD

By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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