How Do You Get Sunken Cheeks And How To Get Rid Of It Naturally?

Facial features and looks often suggest your health and personality. Having sunken cheeks can convey lot of negative things about your look and you appear older than your age, exhausted and sick. With growing age, your cheeks tend to sink and hollow, it is natural phenomenon to some extent. In fact some of the facial features such as wrinkles and sunken cheeks are first sign of ageing.

However, besides aging, there are many other reasons that may cause hollow cheeks. The main underlying reason for it is loss of skin elasticity and depletion of subcutaneous fat in your cheeks.

Having sunken cheeks does not always suggest that you are sick but in many people it may become a cause for their low self esteem. Let us know the reasons for sunken cheeks and ways to make them smooth and chubby once again.

What Are The Causes Of Sunken Cheeks?

Cheeks look supple, smooth and puffy due to presence of large amount of collagen tissues in the skin. Collagen tissue helps to maintain skin elasticity and thus keep them smooth and supple. Subcutaneous fat beneath the facial skin helps to keep the face plump.

  • With growing age, there is loss of subcutaneous fat and slight amount of muscle wasting even though the bone remains intact and normal. With all the above changes in the supportive structures of the facial skin, it begins to sink and cause sunken cheeks.
  • Besides aging there are many other factors that may be responsible for sunken cheeks. Lack of nourishment and starvation can cause loss of subcutaneous fat under the cheek as a result the cheeks begin to sink. If you do extreme exercises you are likely to lose fat from certain areas such as cheeks and thighs etc.
  • Sunken cheeks may also occur if you do not eat enough or if you are dieting or due to dehydration. Sunken cheeks are one of the sign of chronic disease. Serious health conditions such as cancer, tuberculosis, bulimia and anorexia nervosa can cause hollow and sunken cheeks.

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Sunken Cheeks

  • Many people seek cosmetic enhancement of their sunken cheeks. There are wide varieties of measures to improve the profile of cheeks. One of the most commonly used methods is facial implants. It is a surgical procedure where patient’s own fat from other part of body is planted in the cheek area. This fat is often obtained from abdomen, thigh, or the buttocks. Besides grafting method, fillers are also used to enhance the puffiness of cheeks.
  • Sunken cheeks can also be inflated with simple exercise of mouth and face. Fill your mouth with air and keep the lips closed. Now move the air to the right side of your cheeks and keep it there for 10 seconds. Now move the air in left side of mouth and let the air remain for 10 seconds before exhaling it out. Repeat this exercise at least 5 times in a day.
  • Smile is a good exercise for strengthening and toning muscles of cheek and face. With your lips closed, smile to an extent as lengthy as possible. Extend the corners of your mouth to touch the ears. Now make effort to wrinkle the nasal skin. You will experience contraction of muscles of cheeks. Hold your smile in this position for 10 seconds and relax. Repeat it several times in a day.
  • Eat nourishing diet consisting of all essential nutrients. Protein, fats and carbohydrates are essential for the body. Minerals and vitamins too are needed for maintaining healthy skin and muscle structure. Avoid dehydration by drinking at least 8 glasses of water in a day.


  1. SJ said:

    Within how much time my sunken cheeks can be cured. If I perform the above yoga to fill my mouth with air and passing it left and right along with closing my lips?

    February 9, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Every individual is different. The time taken may therefore not be the same for everyone. It also depends on several other factors such as your skin type and the nutrition intake.

      February 9, 2015
  2. Jeff said:

    If fat loss in the cheeks and above the jaw line is due to weight loss after adopting a healthier diet or exercise program, will the cheeks gain fat after regaining the weight? It just doesn’t seem likely that the fat cells in the face and cheek would die after giving up their contents. Fat cells everywhere else in the body are designed for the sole purpose of storing and supplying energy when needed.

    Humans have fasted long periods on nothing but water for thousands of years. Fat stores are what allowed them to journey beyond their familiar fruit trees to lands far away. Animals are designed to do the same. Fasting is the most rapid way to burn fat. So it makes no sense when medical articles and professionals warn against losing weight too fast, asserting it causes permanent loose skin or permanent fat loss.

    September 14, 2016
  3. Mel said:

    I suffer sunken cheeks and it is quite embarrassing. One side is worst than the other and it causes my face to look deflected. I am in my mid 30’s but my sunken cheeks causes me to look much older than I am. It was a slow process and I didn’t know what was causing it until I heard a family member whispering about it but referring to me and it honestly made perfect sense.

    At a very young age, with the advice of a bad dentist I got my back teeth extracted on both sides. I believe over time it caused my face to sink in because at times I find myself sucking on my inner cheek because there are no teeth there to block it.

    June 24, 2017
    • Luee said:

      I have just seen this and I am also on the same page. I got recommended to have all my wisdom teeth out when I was about 11 years old. I don’t have over crowding so no Idea why it was done. Now my face is so thin, I am 39 years but feel like I look 10 years older. It is so annoying that somebody’s bad idea has altered our features.

      September 1, 2017
  4. AI said:

    I am 60 years old. I have small spots on my cheek since childhood. My cheeks appear sunken. There is a spot which is dark and it appears as if I have used a forceps to pull it out. This spots are on both sides of cheek. I tried to hide with makeup, but the spot cannot be concealed even with it. Is it because of depletion of fat?

    June 21, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Sunken cheeks can occur with growing age. The subcutaneous fat below the skin diminishes. Even lack of nourishment can cause sunken cheeks. It may also result from dehydration and too much of dieting. The dark spot on cheek can be due to hyperpigmentation. Hormonal change can be a reason for hyperpigmentation. However, you must once consult a dermatologist to know the exact cause of dark area on your sunken cheek.

      August 2, 2018

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