Can Patient Lose Dermal Fillers Due to Weight Loss?

Does weight loss cause wrinkles?

It is possible for weight loss to cause wrinkles and other skin issues. Primarily and most simply, this is because the volume that was once underneath the skin filling it and stretching it disappears as the fat decreases.


Cause

Rapid weight loss in particular can be a cause of wrinkles. When people lose weight, the skin will sag, and wrinkles will begin to form within that sagging skin. This can also 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, and this then leads 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 may arise once a person has lost 50lbs or more in a short amount of time. In addition to sagging and wrinkled skin due to weight loss, 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 provide effective results for correcting sagging and wrinkles caused by significant weight loss. However, some individuals may have to seek plastic surgery in order to achieve satisfactory results. Additionally, the best way to treat wrinkles is to be proactive, and to 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 before deciding on the procedure, so 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 1 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 work by providing added volume into areas where skin is sagging or depressed, thus smoothing out and plumping the skin. Dermal fillers 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. However, weight loss should not affect this material. If you are concerned that weight loss will affect the results of dermal fillers, here are some questions you may have:


Is this true or not?

Weight loss will not affect the dermal filler implant itself, as the filler material will remain in place in the treated areas. However, the 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 dermal filler injections. If this is the case, the individual may receive some touch up injections to help the skin and facial contour get to the patient’s ideal form.


Is weight loss is helpful or harmful for fillers?

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 that comes with weight loss. Even though the implant itself will not be affect by the weight loss, some doctors recommend that dermal filler injections should be delayed until after the planned weight loss and patients should wait until they have achieved 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 to make them break down quicker.

There is no definite answer as to whether weight loss is helpful or harmful to dermal fillers, as the results of weight loss will vary by the individual. If you would like to receive dermal fillers but are also planning on losing weight, then it is best to consult your dermal filler provider as the recommendation will vary by practitioner. However, the possibility of losing weight should not be a detriment to receiving facial filler treatments. If you receive injections and sagging occurs due to weight loss, then you can always receive touch ups to achieve the desired correction of the new sagging.

Whether you decide to wait to receive dermal fillers or not, the most important factor to take into consideration is how you feel. As there are no medical issues with either choice, then 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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