6 Facial Plastic Surgery Steps After Weight Loss
My Bariatric Life | Nov 17th 2014
Facial plastic surgery is popular among people who once were obese. A well done facial plastic surgery can result in a more youthful, less saggy appearance that does not make the patient look different, just better. Here are some steps to consider when planning plastic surgery treatment after weight loss.
Facial Skin Laxity and Volume Loss
These two stages occur after weight loss. Significant jowling and sagging of the face can occur. Consider removing excess skin or tightening loose skin with face and neck lifts and blepharoplasty. Also, areas that may become deflated can be filled in with fat transfer, fillers or implants.
Face and Neck Lifts
These can make a big difference in improving the lower third of the face. Lifts significantly improve jowling, extra fat and skin under the neck, as well as sagging of the mid-face. When done well, lifts tighten skin and the muscles underneath. The results are permanent but the face will continue to age naturally.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
These add temporary volume to folds and hollowness. Treatment with Restylane andJuvederm treat smile lines, marionette lines, pre-jowl, and chin wrinkles. Results are immediate and last six to 12 months. Voluma is a modified hyaluronic acid filler that adds volume to the cheek area, with results lasting one to two years.
This is an injection of the patient’s fat (usually from the abdomen) to various areas of the face to increase volume. This procedure can benefit the face, cheeks, lips and chin. Results are long-lasting, but the patient will naturally lose volume in the face with age.
These are used to contour an area of the face, such as the cheeks or the chin. Cheek implant surgery improves facial contours and restores lost volume. Chin implants can significantly improve neck contour and improve the results of a neck lift. Implants vary widely in shape and style, as well as materials from which they are fabricated.
Blepharoplasty opens and brightens the eyes. An upper eyelid lift removes ‘heavy hooding’ or excess fat that droops over the eyes. A lower eyelid lift tightens the puffy bags and bulges under the eyes. These conditions develop from laxity of the eyelid skin and protrusion of fat around the eyes.
Experience is critical for the best results. Done correctly, surgery should not pull on the corner of the mouth, result in a windswept appearance or have noticeable scars. Here’s how you can find a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.