Dermal Fillers After Weight Loss
- Dr. A. Braff - November 12th 2019
Many people want to lose weight because of how good they will feel, and how active their new lifestyles will be. We almost never think of what that weight loss will do to the skin! After losing weight, many people who previously had smooth, wrinkle-free skin, experience sagging and a loss of elasticity, which makes skin look older or deflated. When this happens, you can be left feeling unhappy about ever having lost weight at all. Thankfully, dermal fillers can help regain the skin’s smoothness and elasticity following weight loss.
What Effect Does Weight Loss Have on Skin and How Can Dermal Fillers Help?
When the body loses weight, the skin loses its volume and elasticity, which makes it appear sallow and wrinkled, especially in the face and neck. This can even lead to under-eye bags and crow’s feet where there weren’t any before. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin and fill in wrinkles. Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time may experience deeper lines around the mouth and loose jowls, which can be remedied via thicker dermal filler formulations.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Gel formulations, dermal fillers are injected into areas of the skin that you want to fill in. A wide variety of brands are on the market today, including those that use natural ingredients and others that use synthetic properties. Manufacturers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane have created popular dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid, a substance already found in the human body. When considering brands, it is important to remember that every filler is different.
What Are the Primary Differences in Dermal Fillers and What Are They Used For?
Among dermal fillers, the primary differences are ingredients and indications. The most popular brands are detailed below:
Radiesse: The primary ingredient is calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a type of mineral compound located in human bones. It is used to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, including frown lines, nasolabial folds (the area from the nose to the corners of the mouth), and marionette lines. It can also assist in facial contouring and enhancing plumpness in the cheeks.
Juvederm, Restylane: The primary ingredient in Juvederm and Restylane products is hyaluronic acid (HA) that is cross-linked with BDE and/or lidocaine. The level of cross-linking determines where these products are best indicated. Indications for both brands include most areas of the face, from fine lines around the eyes and mouth, to deep folds around the mouth and cheeks and the lips.
Aquamid: The primary ingredient is polyalkylimide, which is a semi-permanent filler used by plastic surgeons to enhance the cheekbones, plump lips, and treat deep nasolabial folds.
Sculptra: The primary ingredient is polylactic acid, which is a synthetic dermal filler that jumpstarts the body’s collagen production. It is used to fill in laugh lines, treat nasolabial folds, and plump lips.
Bellafill: The primary ingredient is polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA). It is used to treat deep wrinkles, folds and furrows in the face.
Are Dermal Fillers Safe After Weight Loss?
It is important to note that you should not have dermal filler treatment until you have stopped losing weight, as the fillers will not slim down with you. Injecting fillers during the weight loss process can cause you to have an uneven or lopsided look due to areas around the filler becoming loose or sagging. While dermal fillers are generally safe after weight loss, the most common side effects linked to them include, but are not limited to the following:
- firmness or lumps on treatment area
While these may not be all the side effects linked to dermal fillers, you can learn more by consulting your doctor to decide on which dermal filler is right for you.