Facelift after Weight Loss
When people put effort into changing diet and exercise habits to improve health, they should take pride in their accomplishments. It takes hard work and dedication to lose weight and reshape the body. Unfortunately, substantial weight loss often results in loose, sagging skin.
Sagging skin may affect all areas of the body, including the face. Weight loss can leave people with loose facial skin and deep creases or folds. Dr. Ken Smart can perform a facelift after weight loss to address these issues. A facelift smoothens and tightens the skin so that our Frisco, TX, Plano, TX, and North Texas, patients are able to enjoy the full benefits of their weight loss efforts.
How Weight Loss Affects the Face
Weight loss depletes fat cells to tone and tighten the body and define body contours. However, fat loss is already a natural part of the aging process when it comes to the face. As people get older, the face loses stores of fat while the skin slows down its production of collagen and loses its natural elasticity. Combined, these changes result in many of the most common signs of aging, including:
- Sagging cheeks
- Loose jowls
- A collection of fat and skin beneath the chin/neck
- Sunken facial features
- Deep creases and wrinkles
When someone loses a substantial amount of weight, it often exaggerates and quickens the natural aging process, so that even younger individuals notice that the skin and features of the face make them look much older than they actually are.
How a Facelift Can Help
Whether the facial skin has started to droop and sag as a result of aging or weight loss, the most effective treatment is often a facelift. A facelift addresses the above mentioned signs of aging by eliminating excess fat and skin, repositioning (or tightening) facial muscles, and lifting and re-draping remaining facial skin.
Facelift surgery focuses specifically on the lower two-thirds of the face, so it is especially effective on the cheeks, jowls, chin, and upper neck. In tightening and defining these areas of the face, a facelift refreshes a person’s appearance and restores more youthful looking features.
Enhancing Facelift Results
If loose facial skin is related to significant weight loss, additional treatments may be needed to enhance facelift results. Lifting and tightening the skin offers many benefits, but facial features may still look sunken or hollowed out if fat stores have been drastically depleted.
To enhance facial contours and define facial features, Dr. Smart may recommend that patients consider facial fillers along with their facelift. Fillers target specific areas of the face to add volume where it is needed (such as the cheeks or chin). Facial fillers not only fill out sunken facial features, but also help with lifting the skin.
Request a Consultation
If you are concerned with loose, sagging facial skin, you may be an ideal candidate for a facelift. To find out if this cosmetic procedure is right for you, send us a message online at your earliest convenience, or call (972) 334-0400 to request a consultation with Dr. Ken Smart.