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How Weight Loss Changes Your Face

As we age, wrinkles may form on our forehead, and sun exposure can darken spots on our skin. However, the effects of weight loss on our appearance are often unexpected. Despite feeling more vibrant and energetic, significant or rapid weight loss can actually add years to our appearance. So, what exactly occurs in our skin when we shed pounds, and how can we address these changes?

Why does my face look different after losing weight?

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-aging products will market themselves as “hydrating” and “plumping” since these characteristics are hallmarks of younger-looking skin.

When you lose weight, several changes can occur in your face. Firstly, the natural fat pads in your face and neck diminish, which may initially seem positive. However, fat plays a crucial role in maintaining a youthful appearance, as it provides volume and support to areas like your temples, lips, and cheeks. Consequently, losing fat can result in a more sunken appearance in these areas. Additionally, fat acts as a scaffold beneath your skin, helping to maintain its firmness and structure. Decreasing this support system can lead to sagging, drooping, and increased wrinkling of the skin.

These facial changes are not exclusive to any specific weight loss method. Recently, individuals have reported experiencing such effects after using medications like Ozempic® (semaglutide) for weight loss, which can induce significant weight loss. This phenomenon has even led to the term “Ozempic face” being coined to describe the facial aging side effects associated with the drug. 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?

Solutions for facial structure Loss

Fortunately, numerous solutions are available to address a loss of facial structure. Hydration is essential, so incorporating products like hyaluronic acid and high-quality moisturizers into your routine can soften the skin and promote a radiant complexion. These products also stimulate the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, rejuvenating the skin from within. Additionally, ingredients such as retinol and peptides are known for their ability to boost collagen production and increase cell turnover, aiding in skin revitalization.

When it comes to addressing the facial changes that accompany weight loss, individuals have access to a wide array of safe and effective in-office treatments. Among the most popular are those designed to restore lost volume and tighten lax skin.

Dermal fillers for restoring volume due to weight loss

Facial fillers have become increasingly popular for those seeking intensive rejuvenation. These fillers, which contain fluid mimicking hyaluronic acid, instantly lift and plump the face by attracting water molecules. Despite initial concerns, fillers are non-permanent and gradually fade over up to eighteen months, with the option for easy dissolution if desired.

Our providers specialize in holistic approaches, collaborating closely with you to enhance your natural features and restore lost volume. Many clients seek added enhancement without sacrificing individuality, making fillers an effective solution for achieving expressive, confident results.

Dermal fillers, such as Sculptra® Aesthetic, stand out for replenishing facial volume and rejuvenating features. Sculptra® is renowned for stimulating collagen production, leading to a gradual and long-lasting improvement in volume loss. This innovative treatment not only adds fullness to the face but also promotes natural collagen synthesis, providing patients with subtle yet significant enhancements in facial contours and skin firmness over time.

Celebrate your weight loss achievements with aesthetic treatments in Rockford

Achieving your weight loss goals requires dedication and perseverance. However, if you’re experiencing side effects such as loose skin and volume loss after reaching this significant milestone, it may be time to explore in-office treatments. Options such as dermal fillers offer effective solutions to address your concerns. Moreover, they can empower you to embrace and fully enjoy this exciting new phase of your life.


  • Tammy Kirby, DNP

    Tammy Kirby, DNP, is a highly skilled Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare. With expertise in primary care, acute care, and community health, Tammy is committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to her patients. Her passion for patient wellness and continuous learning makes her a valued member of the healthcare community.

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