Dear Dr. Wolf: I want to know if I’m too young to use any of the noninvasive injectable products. I am 23 years old and I love to work out. My body looks great but my face is starting to sag and I look like I’ve lost too much weight. What do you suggest?
Be open-minded! I frequently see patients like you who are in great shape but have notoriously abused their fat storage. (Many of us wish we had that problem!). Because “body beautiful” doesn’t always equate to “face beautiful,” noninvasive injectables are a good option for you.
Since you have a limited amount of fat, a more permanent solution such as fat grafting would not be a good option. The vision of youth is a heart-shaped, full face with accentuating plump, full cheeks. However, they shouldn’t look the like the chipmunk cheeks we see all over town!
Obviously, you need to see a well-qualified physician to achieve the best results. I would recommend the new filler Voluma. While some of the other fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane or Perlane would work as well, the reason I like Voluma is that it may last up to two years, significantly decreasing the number of visits to your physician’s office significantly!
I also like filling the mid-face in the deeper planes to camouflage the filler. Because Voluma has lidocaine, injections are practically painless. My young patients find this treatment to be very satisfying and it allows them to continue their workouts!
Dr. Wolf’s office is located at 8940 N. Kendall Dr., Suite 903E. He may be reached at 305-595-2969 or at <www.miamiplasticsurgery.com>.