From the East Asian perspective, the Caucasian look is always more desirable. From the profile view, the forehead and cheeks have good anterior projection, and is harmonious with a high nose bridge and strong chin.
In comparison, a typical East Asian has flat forehead, flat mid-cheek with wide cheek bones, flat nose, wide jawline and small chin.
Some even have sunken lateral cheeks causing the cheek bones to look even more prominent. Such bony features will give any East Asian lady a masculine look and therefore has prompted more and more to seek cosmetic alteration or enhancement.
Apart from the aforementioned pre-destined genetic programming, sunken cheek / flat mid cheek can also occur due to aging or abrupt weight loss.
Our face is covered in many layers of fat pads that are separated into unique compartments to fill up the forehead, temples, cheeks and buccal area. These fat pads along with our bony structure define the outlines of our face.The fat pads are especially important in the cheek. A full cheek demonstrates the Ogee curve which symbolizes youth.
In aging, these fat pads shrink and sag along with thinned skin and bone resorption. Of all parts of the face, mid face aging brings the most significant impact to a persons’ appearance.
The sagging of the cheek apex, hollowing of temples and lateral cheeks accentuate the gaunt look. The end outcome of such volume loss is a sunken look especially in the absence of cheek and buccal fat. Such pattern of fat pads loss is also evident in those who crash-diet as well as in cancer patients.
So, what are the treatment options for sunken lateral cheek / flat mid cheek? In GEM Clinic, we strive for a natural and harmonious treatment outcome. We recommend using dermal fillers via our proprietary 6Senzä Facial Sculpturing program.
This program essentially combines various non-surgical modalities like dermal fillers (liquid facelift), threads, etc to restore volume loss. With this unique program, we are constantly able to erase years off a client face while bringing rejuvenation to the skin as well.
For clients who desire a more permanent and / or long-lasting solution, we have the alternative of doing fat grafting / transfer. In this procedure, we harvest your own fat from select donor sites (usually from the inner thighs, flanks or abdomen) and re-inject the fat back into the face.
Apart from achieving volume restoration, the naturally-occurring stem cells in the fat graft concurrently improves skin quality and texture. The best thing about fat grafting is that the transplanted fat cells are bio-compatible and will remain in the face for life.