"Ozempic Face" - How to Treat Hanging Skin on the Face

Posted September 22, 2023
Learn how you can treat hanging skin on the face

A desire to lose weight is an ongoing concern for many people across the country. During the past year, the ability to enjoy weight loss by using Semaglutide, AKA Ozempic, has grown in popularity, While the medication was originally developed to assist those with Type 2 diabetes in controlling their blood sugar, it has also proven to be quite effective at providing a significant amount of weight loss for patients of all ages. Even though there have been success stories about the use of Ozempic to gain a slimmer look to the body, there have also been many stories about a side effect known as “Ozempic face.” Keep reading to learn more about the appearance of excess skin that hangs from the face and neck and how it can be treated.

Our look at “Ozempic face” begins with an in-depth look at the topic from Cosmetic Town TV:

“Ozempic Face” – What is it?

The term, “Ozempic face,” means the face of a person has a look that is hollow or gaunt thanks to sagging skin that can start to appear when someone loses a large amount of excess fat in their neck or cheeks. The excess skin starts to become visible as the amount of fat located under the skin decreases while loose elastin fibers remain in place. If a person loses anywhere from fifty to one hundred pounds, this can lead to a significant amount of fat being lost in the body which can also cause extra skin to gather on the body.

“Ozempic Face” – How to Treat it

For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight in the face and neck by using Ozempic, there are multiple options that can be performed to treat the appearance of excess and sagging skin:

  • One of the first treatment options is a nonsurgical one and it involves the placing of injections in the impacted area of the face and neck. Dermal fillers, including Restylane Lyft and Juvederm, are able to give the face a greater amount of fullness as well as a look that is younger and smoother. Another injections option is fat transfer and this is when a surgeon removes excess fat from another area of the body (such as the abdomen or hips) via liposuction. The removed fat is then processed and purified so it can be injected into areas of the face and neck such as under the eyes, or around the mouth and chin.
  • A facelift is able to rejuvenate and refresh the look of the face as well as tighten the skin for a more contoured look to the face. The amount of sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline can be tightened for a more youthful look.
  • A neck lift is able to reduce the appearance of excess skin, “jowls,” and a double chin. The skin that is treated by this procedure can be removed and redistributed through the creation of incisions that can be hidden by the surgeon, so they are not visible to others.

“Ozempic Face” – How to Prepare for a Procedure

How to Prepare for Ozempic FaceOne of the first steps in preparing for an “Ozempic face” treatment is maintaining a stable weight for anywhere from three to six months before the actual procedure. The patient needs to be at a stable weight so there will not be any unexpected changes to the body that might have an impact on the results provided by the treatment. In addition to maintaining a stable weight, the patient will also need to get an adequate amount of nutrition so the body will be able to support the healing process after the treatment.

A consultation appointment needs to be scheduled with a board-certified doctor who has a good amount of experience working with patients who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss in the past. The choice of a trained and board-certified surgeon with a past record of treating patients with sagging skin after weight loss can give the patient the confidence they need in the skills and abilities of the doctor.

During the consultation appointment, the doctor will take the time to examine the current condition of the skin and also have a conversation with the patient about the type of results they hope to gain from undergoing the medical treatment. The surgeon will devise a treatment plan that addresses the unique and individual needs of the patient while also making sure to keep their overall health in mind. The patient can also ask to see “before and after” photos of actual patients treated by the surgeon in the past to get a better idea about the type of results that can be provided by the doctor.

The side effect of gaining an “Ozempic face” does not have to be a permanent condition so patients who are experiencing “Ozempic face” should start performing research to find the right doctor for their specific medical needs.

- MA


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