Before weight loss, most patients are mainly focused on their goals: a slimmer, look, better health, and better quality of life. Afterward, though, many patients will experience some less attractive physical results of their weight loss procedure. The lower belly and the arms are typical problem areas, but for many patients their main concern is their face, which may look dramatically older after weight loss.
My Modesto, Stockton, San Ramon and Danville face lift patients can correct the appearance of facial aging through effective surgical options that help them feel happier about the face they see in the mirror.
How weight loss affects the look of your face:
Although you may now be within a healthy weight range, obesity has changed the structure, position, and even the chemistry of your facial tissues. Some of the processes you need to consider when you are evaluating your options:
Changes to tissue position
- Why it matters: As you gained weight, the natural fat pads in your face swelled, pressing skin and other tissues into a slightly different position. This process overstretches the skin, but it also worsens the effects of gravity on the facial fat pads, muscular tissue, and (most noticeably) the skin.
- Effective options: A Danville face lift is likely to be the most effective way to tighten the facial skin and underlying tissue. Collagen injections that address only the superficial layers of skin will not be enough to correct this problem, because in most cases patients require adjustments to the facial muscles directly, as well sagging malar (cheek-area) fat pads and loose skin.Laser treatments and “mini” facelifts do not correct these deeper problems, so do your homework and make sure you understand whether your surgeon’s approach is intensive enough to create the changes you are expecting.
Changes to skin quality
- Why it matters: Overweight people have a higher concentration of fat and oils in their skin, but after weight loss the chemical balances in the skin – and the volume of the fat layer below it – can change. The changing chemistry of the face leaves skin loose and more likely to show visible wrinkling, while the loss of fat allows facial tissues to sag much farther than they used to, especially around the lower face.
- Effective options: Face lift procedures typically improve the look of the skin, but many post-weight-loss patients also need to pay attention to their skin quality. I mentioned that superficial treatments are not enough to correct the main causes of facial sagging after weight loss, but in many cases they can be an important supplement to surgery.Laser resurfacing can accomplish a lot to help tighten skin, and while post-weight-loss fat injection seems counterintuitive, when combined with a Danville face lift it can actually help firm skin and minimize the “flabbiness” of loose facial tissues.
The confidence and better health that come with your new body can accomplish a lot to make you seem more vibrant, but in many cases cosmetic surgery is the important final step in your effort to create a new shape and new self-image. When you are researching Danville face lift surgeons, pay special attention to training and board certification, and do not be afraid to connect with your bariatric surgeon and other bariatric surgery patients to find out their perspectives and experiences with this type of surgery.