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Sunken Cheeks in Manchester and Cheshire

Sunken cheeks, often referred to as hollow cheeks, are a condition where the cheeks appear indented or have less volume than usual. This feature can give the face a gaunt, aged appearance and may affect one's facial aesthetic and self-confidence. The appearance is typically characterized by a reduction in the prominence of the cheekbones, a lack of soft tissue in the cheek area, and more pronounced facial lines and contours.

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Causes of Sunken Cheeks

With sunken cheeks Manchester & Cheshire patients may have experience several factors that contributed to the development of the condition, including:

  • Ageing: As one ages, natural fat pads in the cheeks decrease in size. The skin also loses collagen and elasticity, contributing to a more hollowed appearance.
  • Weight Loss: Significant or rapid weight loss can reduce the amount of fat in the face, leading to sunken cheeks.
  • Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to having less fat in their facial structure, which can manifest as sunken cheeks even at a younger age.
  • Health Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as malnutrition and diseases that cause muscle or fat depletion, can lead to sunken cheeks. Conditions like HIV, cancer, and diabetes may impact the body’s ability to maintain healthy levels of fat and muscle.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Smoking and excessive sun exposure can accelerate the loss of skin elasticity and the degradation of fat and collagen in the face.

Appearance Characteristics of Sunken Cheeks

Sunken cheeks are often marked by:

  • A noticeable indentation running from the cheekbones to the lower parts of the face.
  • More pronounced cheekbones, with less flesh beneath them.
  • A more angular and sometimes aged appearance due to the lack of soft tissue.
  • Possible sagging skin depending on the skin’s elasticity and the extent of volume loss.

Age-Related Changes

Sunken cheeks do commonly occur as a part of the ageing process. Over time, the natural ageing process leads to a decrease in subcutaneous fat throughout the body, including the face. This loss is compounded by the reduction in collagen and elastin in the skin, making the cheeks appear more hollow.

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Treatments for Sunken Cheeks

At CLNQ in Cheshire & Manchester sunken cheeks are treated with a focus on restoring volume and enhancing facial contours. Here are some common methods:

  • Dermal Fillers: Injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, or calcium hydroxylapatite can be used to add volume to the cheeks and reduce the appearance of hollowness.
  • Fat Grafting: This involves transferring fat from another part of the body to the face, providing a more permanent solution to volume loss.
  • Facelift: A facelift can help by tightening the skin and redistributing fat and tissues in the face to a more youthful position and contour.
  • Cheek Implants: Surgical implants can provide a permanent increase in cheek volume and are an option for those looking for a long-lasting solution.

Cost of Cheek Fillers

The cost of cheek fillers can vary widely depending on the type of filler used, the volume of filler needed, the practitioner's experience, and the geographic location. At CLNQ our prices start from £300 per syringe with our doctors, and multiple syringes may be needed to achieve the desired volume.

How a Facelift Helps Sunken Cheeks

A facelift (rhytidectomy) can be particularly beneficial for addressing sunken cheeks, especially when they are part of overall facial aging. The procedure can tighten loose skin and reposition the underlying tissues, giving the cheeks a more filled and youthful appearance. Facelifts can be combined with other procedures such as fat grafting or fillers for enhanced results.


Sunken cheeks can result from a variety of factors, including aging, weight loss, and certain health conditions. Treatment options are plentiful and can be tailored to individual needs and desired outcomes. There are a range of options for treatment from non-surgical, less invasive options to more invasive surgical options. At CLNQ, our team will help guide you through your concerns and desired expectations with the full range of treatment options.

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