Every year, among the most common resolutions is the one concerning weight loss. Although most people have dropped their resolutions by this time, for some, the journey continues. For those serious about losing a substantial amount of weight, rounding the home stretch can mean a totally changed appearance. For some, this is welcome news. For others, not so much.
When the Elasticity is Gone
Younger people who go through substantial weight loss may find their facial features greatly enhanced. Cheekbones are more prominent, eyes look bigger and brighter and jawlines are more enhanced. Younger skin still has plenty of collagen and elastin to keep facial skin smooth and taught. Older skin is not as resilient.
Losing a lot of weight when you are older is no doubt a healthy move, especially if you are obese. At the same time, older skin does not have the same level of collagen and elastin. As you lose weight, the supporting volume underneath your skin whittles away. Consequently, you may notice more wrinkles and lines.
While you are most likely going to feel more energetic and youthful, your face may tell a different story. Some older people look gaunt and almost unwell as their face loses supporting structure. Many individuals are surprised and not necessarily happy with how their face responds to the weight loss. Fortunately, you do have options to restore that youthful look.
Weighing Your Options
Depending on the changes your weight loss has created, you will have surgical and non-surgical avenues available to tighten loose skin and diminish lines and wrinkles. A thorough examination and evaluation will determine which options are best suited to your unique situation.
Non-surgical options include dermal fillers and/or the use of Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® to address areas of concern. Dermal fillers are used to add volume to certain areas and minimize lines and wrinkles. Botox and Dysport injections soften wrinkles in specific areas, such as the inter-brow or glabella area.
Your weight loss is something to celebrate. Let it show in your face when you recapture a more youthful look. Dr. Ransom can show you how. Make an appointment today for your consultation.
Posted on behalf of San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery