Find Out How Dermal Fillers Help After Weight Loss
- Medical Community - April 9th 2018
- General Public
Can weight loss cause wrinkles?
Signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet, typically start to appear in someone’s mid-30s. However, there are certain situations that can cause not-so-noticeable wrinkles to become noticeable very quickly. The most common of these situations is weight loss.
Weight loss can cause wrinkles or sagging skin because the skin that was once stretched loses the volume that once supported it. When a person loses a lot of weight, the skin loses its elasticity and turns sallow, dehydrated, and wrinkled. The more weight that is lost, the older the skin may look.
This generally happens when you don’t take care of your skin. Factors such as dehydrated skin, lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor diet, and how quickly you lose weight can all contribute to how your skin reacts.
Treating wrinkles after weight loss
Treatment for wrinkles caused by weight loss depends on how much weight was lost. Those who have lost a small amount of weight and have only slight wrinkling on the neck and face can opt for dermal filler injections. However, those who have lost a large amount of weight and have excessive saggy skin may need to undergo cosmetic surgery to have the excess skin removed.
Dermal fillers help to add volume and make the skin smoother. The cosmetic injectables restore volume under the skin and can minimize fine lines and wrinkles and help to rejuvenate the skin. Many people receive dermal filler injections before and after going through weight loss. This treatment can also help to improve the contours of the face. Fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra can also stimulate collagen renewal, making the effects last long after the filler has dissolved. Other brands, such as Princess, Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero, also have hyaluronic-acid based fillers that can help restore larger amounts of volume.
Does weight loss affect dermal fillers?
The effects of weight loss on dermal fillers differs from person to person. Generally, if you are planning to lose weight, your doctor may tell you to wait until you are closer to or you have hit your target weight.
There are some areas of the face where patients can receive dermal filler injections before reaching a stable weight, including the corners of the mouth, the hollows under the eyes, and the nasolabial smile lines.
Although dermal fillers will remain in the place they were injected, weight loss causes the face to also lose volume. This will affect the desired look and a touch up treatment may be needed as more weight is lost. However, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to getting dermal filler injections while losing weight since every individual is affected differently.
Waiting to hit a stable weight will prolong your investment and give your doctor a better idea of the best way to treat your concerns.
Dermal filler benefits
Dermal fillers can be used by patients who are experiencing sagging skin or wrinkles caused by weight loss. By getting dermal filler injections in hollow areas where weight has been lost, the patient can maintain a youthful appearance. Depending on the type of filler treatment you opt for, it may even stimulate new collagen to form, rebuilding the support under the skin. Some fillers can also work to keep the skin hydrated, which is an important factor in the functionality of the skin. As well, some fillers can help augment facial contours, such as the jawline or cheekbones for a more refined appearance.
Can sagging skin be prevented?
Sagging may be prevented in some individuals. While wrinkles and sagging skin can be caused by how quickly the weight is lost, the health of the skin, and various other lifestyle and health factors, your genetic makeup can also affect your appearance after significant weight loss. As well, the amount of weight lost may also affect the skin.
If you are planning to lose weight, you can start by planning to lose weight gradually. This will also help you keep the weight off. As you begin to lose weight, ensure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water. Sun protection will also go a long way, as well as using creams and moisturizers that are rich in retinoid. Once you’ve hit your target weight, you can opt for dermal fillers. Be sure to discuss your options with a licensed doctor to achieve your desired look.