Attractive, plump and fuller cheeks are signs of youthful and young face and an important component of attractive facial features. Fuller cheeks with well-defined contours create harmony, improve the facial appearance and represent youth. Normally in females the cheeks are full and forward projecting. In young males the cheeks are less forward projecting but not flat either. Ageing as well as losing weight can decrease volume in the cheeks leading to flat or sunken cheek silhouette.
Overall more full and forward Projecting
The process of ageing starts by the time we approach mid 20s due to internal changes such as loss of the skin filler elements like hyaluronic acid and collagen as well as due to lifestyle factors that lead to skin ageing causing an appearance of wrinkles and lines along with facial volume loss. This gives a dull, saggy and older appearance to the facial profile with the passage of time while changing the shape of structure of facial features.
The balance of volume in the facial features during the youth gives it an attractive and captivating appearance. These features can are evidently observable in the ‘Triangle of Youth’ that includes:
- Smooth and radiant skin
- High and prominent cheek bones
- Well-defined and contoured jawline and jowls
All these facial features, together give a harmony to the facial structure, making it look wide from the above and narrow from the chin and lower face. As we advance in age, the facial volume is lost which turns the facial harmony upside down giving sad and stressed appearance to the face due to:
- Wider jawline
- Sagging and loose skin
- Loss of volume in cheeks
- Appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Reduction of skin elasticity
- Appearance of downturned smile lines
This gives an inverted appearance to the triangle of youth making the lower face wider with sagging skin and facial volume loss.