How Does Weight Loss Affect The Facial Structure?
How does weight loss affect the face?
Weight loss inevitably causes fat loss, which can show in the face and neck. However, instead of a defined jawline or enviable cheekbones, sometimes it can present as a loss of volume and sagging skin. Collagen, a protein in the body that aids skin elasticity, is lost alongside fat when you lose weight, and since we already lose collagen as we age, weight loss can cause the skin to droop, accentuating those lines and wrinkles. Though ‘fat’ feels like an uncomfortable word for many people, it’s actually a key component of glowing skin. Everyone’s face has fat, and fat is what makes us look more youthful. Facial volume, softness, and rounded features are telltale signs of a radiant complexion, and most anti-ageing products will market themselves as “hydrating” and “plumping” since these characteristics are hallmarks of younger-looking skin.
So, as the body loses fat during weight loss, facial fat also disappears. This can cause the skin to lose these attributes, leaving it looking more mature or even dull. If this is something you’ve spotted happening after your own weight loss journey, there’s no reason to worry. This is a completely normal side effect that’s extremely common during weight loss, and there are ways to combat it so you can feel like the best version of you again.
What can I do about facial changes due to my weight loss?
Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions out there should you want to combat a loss of structure in the face. Keeping the skin hydrated is a must, so products like hyaluronic acid and a really good moisturiser will soften the skin and get you glowing. These will also encourage your body to produce more hyaluronic acid, so it’ll start revitalising your skin from the inside, too. Ingredients such as retinol and peptides are renowned for their ability to help the skin produce more collagen and increase cell production, so adding one of these into your routine can be a boost on the road to a radiant complexion. If skincare isn’t doing the job, facial fillers are becoming endlessly popular for skin rejuvenation. The fluid in fillers mimics hyaluronic acid, attracting water molecules and instantly lifting and plumping the face. While getting injections may seem scary, fillers are non-permanent, fading gradually over the course of up to eighteen months, and can easily be dissolved. Non- invasive and fast-acting, our doctors work holistically with you and your skin to enhance your natural features and gently add volume back to where it’s been lost. Facial aesthetic clients commonly want added “oomph” without losing themselves, and fillers are a great way to restore your features and leave you expressive and confident.
Ageing is a natural process, and while your face may not look quite the same as before, keeping a good skincare routine with plenty of hydrating ingredients will keep your skin in a good condition while allowing you to accept the development of your skin. To compensate for more pronounced volume loss and restore a youthful facial silhouette, a combination of toxins and a broader range of dermal fillers can be used to enhance the bone structure, define facial features and reposition facial fat pads. Our medical experts are passionate about this topic and eager to meet you for a conversation about your bets treatment plan.
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