According to a Nielsen’s study, the #1 resolution for Americans in 2015 is to ‘stay fit and healthy’ while #2 is ‘lose weight’. While this isn’t a big surprise, losing the weight and how it affects your looks might be.
When you are older, a few extra pounds can actually fill out wrinkles and plump your cheeks which helps reduce sagging. After weight loss the jowls and marionette lines tend to appear, but that shouldn’t be a reason for not getting healthier.
Tightening your skin with treatments is a great way to lift and restore that youthful appearance while losing weight, but remember that not all skin tightening treatments are the same. The American Academy of Dermatology suggest ultrasound and radiofrequency for skin tightening and I tend to agree. Two of the better known treatments are Ultherapy and Thermage. Ultherapy is ultrasound which has the ability to treat the skin without melting fat or compromising the skin’s surface. Thermage is radiofrequency, an older technique, but still effective for the right patient.
The most important question you need to find out before you have a treatment is ‘are you a candidate’? I’ve had many patients schedule for a certain treatment thinking it would provide them with a tighter, youthful appearance only to be turned away during the consultation. If you are not a candidate, the non-invasive treatments are not for you. Make sure you do your homework and discuss options with a skin care professional who is willing to say ‘no’ instead of just selling you a package of treatments.
Another way to help with sagging after weight loss is to replace it with dermal fillers or a fat transfer. Both are quick and easy ways to restore volume exactly where you need it and most times equal out to the same cost of multiple non-invasive treatments.
Lastly, use anti-aging products and a daily sunblock to rejuvenate and protect what you have. Otherwise, you are ignoring an easy way to build collagen and block out harmful UVA/UVB rays that will age your skin.
Until next time….