The so-called “diet face” was previously attributed to gravity, which made the skin slack. But it’s now believed to be due to fat loss – the scaffolding that holds the face up. Doctors found that by middle age, we can lose more than 18 percent of the cushioning that makes up our face.
The study author Dr. Aaron Morgan of Medical College in Wisconsin stated, “A deep fat loss on the face removes the support of the overlying fat.
“The top has less fat to begin with, so fat loss is more obvious.”
This is why the cheeks sag and jaw lines blur. Loss of volume around the eyes means they can look hollow and sunken.
Dr. Morgan added, “Loss of fat closer to the surface makes the cheeks appear deflated.” His team examined 19 people aged 46 to 57 years, with CT scanning their heads at least 10 years apart and measuring changes in fat between the eyes and mouth.
Across all layers of meat, it fell from an average of 46.5 cubic centimeters to 40.8 – a decrease of about 12.2 percent. The surface lost around 11.3 percent. However, the lower fat content of the framework carried the main burden and lost a typical 18.4 percent of the volume. The discovery could lead to improved treatments, including facelifts to replace or reposition the midface fat where it started.
Dr. Morgan says the idea that soft tissues simply give in to the effects of gravity over time is still valid.
But he told plastic and reconstructive surgery, “The real culprit behind facial aging is fat loss. We believe our results will help plastic surgeons develop more natural approaches to facial rejuvenation to restore the distribution of facial fat in adolescents.” In addition to surgery, a volume replacement should be used. “
Two thirds of us are overweight.
Experts advise people to lose weight, do it gradually, and eat plenty of fatty fish, fruits, vegetables, and essential vitamins.