Can Patient Lose Dermal Fillers Due to Weight Loss?

Does weight loss cause wrinkles?

Weight loss can be a cause of wrinkles. When people lose weight, the skin sags and wrinkles begin to form within that sagging skin. This can lead to stretch marks and permanent scarring. The University of Maryland Medical Center studied the cause of wrinkles during weight loss and hypothesized that this occurs because the fat cells that pad the face decrease as a result of weight loss. When this happens rapidly, the chemicals within the body are unable to keep up with the change, leading the skin to sag and loosen, resulting in an aged or gaunt look.

Problems

According to professors at the University of California-Los Angeles, there are a few problems that arise once a person has lost 50lbs or more in a short period of time. In addition to sagging and wrinkled skin, individuals who have lost a lot of weight may experience other problems such as chafing, intertrigo, or other personal hygiene issues.


Treatment

The treatment required to help correct wrinkles after weight loss depends on a few factors, including the amount of weight the individual has lost and the appearance, severity, and location of the wrinkles. Some wrinkling on the face or neck may be treated with Botox injections, while chemical peels may also be a solution. Dermal filler injections may also effectively correct sagging and wrinkles caused by significant weight loss. However, some individuals may require plastic surgery in order to achieve satisfactory results. The best way to treat wrinkles is to be proactive, moisturize and drink a lot of water throughout your weight loss journey.


Weight loss after dermal fillers

People can lose weight at any age and for any number of reasons, including deliberate weight loss or weight loss due to age or illness. As dermal filler injections are a medical procedure that requires some consideration, many patients question whether getting dermal filler is worth it if they are planning on losing weight. This is of particular interest as the face is one of the first areas that most people begin to lose weight, making the decision to get dermal fillers before an anticipated period of weight loss a significant question.


Does weight loss effect dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers add volume to areas where skin is sagging or depressed, smoothing out and plumping the skin. They are made of a number of materials, though the most popular is currently hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally within the human body and is therefore naturally broken down within the skin.

Weight loss will not affect the dermal filler implant itself, as the filler material will remain in place in the treated areas. However, weight loss may cause additional sagging or volume loss from the disappearing fat around the implant, just as it would if the individual had not received any injections. If this is the case, the individual may receive touch up injections to retain the desired appearance.

Doctors have different recommendations when it comes to receiving facial fillers before a planned or anticipated weight loss. Many say that there is no difference, and that simple touch ups will suffice if there is additional volume loss or wrinkles as a result of the tissue loss.

Even though the implant itself will not be affected by the weight loss, some doctors recommend that dermal filler injections should be delayed until after the planned weight loss, when patients have reached a stable weight. This is because the facial contour may alter with significant weight loss and the shape of the area where the fillers were implanted may change, making the implant stand out in a way that is not desired. However, if this does occur on a patient who has received dermal fillers, there are ways to reverse the effects of hyaluronic acid fillers.

There is no definite answer as to whether weight loss is helpful or harmful to dermal fillers, as the results vary by the individual. If you would like to receive dermal fillers but are planning on losing weight, it is best to consult your provider as the recommendation will vary by practitioner.

Overall, the possibility of losing weight should not dissuade patients from receiving facial filler treatments, as touch up injections can be performed. Patients must make their comfort and confidence the determining factor in whether or not they receive dermal filler treatment before weight loss.

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