Sagging cheeks are caused by collagen and elastin breakdown in the deeper layers of the skin, leading to looser skin on the surface. Fortunately, there are a number of non-surgical and surgical corrective and refining treatments that can address the issue of sagging cheeks.
Causes of Sagging Cheeks
Even if you follow a strict skin care regimen and use the best skin care products, you may develop loose, sagging skin and increased facial skin laxity as you age. Saggy cheeks from lack of skin tone and cheek volume can give you an undesirable gaunt look. When elastin and collagen production decline, sagging skin makes its appearance and can give you a tired and less youthful look.
Sagging cheeks may be the result of genetic predisposition, ethnicity and/or aging. Other causes of sagging cheeks are significant weight fluctuations, low body weight and low body fat.
Daily wear and tear, stress and your sleeping position can all contribute to sagging cheeks. Exposure to free radicals is also a culprit. Free radicals are produced naturally in the body and found in UV rays from the sun, cigarette smoke, pollution and toxins. They are also found in food additives, pesticides and chemical cleaners. Free radicals can damage the structural layer of your skin and cause accelerated aging, leading to sagging cheeks.