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Weight Loss and How You Can Restore Facial Volume

Weight Loss

You did it! You lost that extra 25+ pounds, but now you’re noticing that your once volumized cheeks are no longer lifting your face. Weight loss can seemingly accelerate the aging process by causing superficial and deep fat pads to shrink while making the overlying tissues appear saggy. Don’t fret, the same treatments that treat the signs of aging can help volumize and tighten skin and today we’re diving into our favorite treatments to help restore facial volume post weight loss!

Sculptra – First of all, CONGRATS! We know that weight loss is something nearly everyone struggles with at some point in their life, and we’re proud of you for creating goals for yourself, and sticking to them! Now, on to helping your face play catch up! While we will, of course, incorporate traditional dermal fillers into your treatment for added facial volume (Restylane® Lyft and Contour tend to be our faves for this application), what we find gives our patients their best results is  Sculptra® Aesthetic! Sculptra, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is the only volumizer scientifically designed to stimulate natural collagen production underneath the skin with results that can last more than 2 years! Of course, we all know that our natural collagen reservoir begins to deplete starting at age 30, but for those on a weight loss journey, you’ll surely notice that your skin elasticity cannot keep up with the loss of fat in the facial area on its own - so your collagen loss may look a little more dramatic. Collagen acts as a support structure for your skin, so it makes sense that when fat loss occurs, our underlying building blocks which result in smooth, hydrated and lifted skin need stimulating to continue to provide the overall volume and shape we all want, and that is exactly what we use Sculptra for! We find that most patients will require about 3 treatment sessions to achieve desired results. These treatment sessions are typically spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, but we will be sure to cover your skin’s needs during your consultation!

Ultherapy – While we love Sculptra for adding back volume to the face, we can’t forget about the lifting and tightening our skin needs after dropping a few pounds! Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow. We like to call Ultherapy our non-invasive facelift, because the profound effects it has on boosting your natural collagen production (and subsequently lifting your skin!) via ultrasound therapy is second to none! We also love that it incorporates traditional ultrasound imaging, which means we’re delivering treatment energy to the exact layers of tissue where you’ll find it more beneficial, without any guesswork! Most of our patients see great results after one Ultherapy treatment (and some will notice these immediately after treatment!), although the real results appear gradually over the next 3-6 months as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin. Similar to Sculptra, you’ll see results last around 2 years, or longer if you take steps to boost your collagen production and keep your existing collagen health.

PRF with Microneedling – So we’ve got you covered when it comes to restoring your facial volume and lift post losing weight, but we need to make sure we add the cherry on top! Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Fibrin is just that and works to boost cell renewal all the while promoting collagen and elastin formation. What does this translate to for you? Treatment of under-eye bags (and sagging), scarring, large pores, texture issues, fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles, and regeneration of dull-looking skin - *just* the treatment to get your skin rejuvenated and glowing post weight loss! This minimally invasive procedure (also known as collagen induction therapy) creates controlled micro channels in the skin, which allow the PRF (extracted from your own blood!) to penetrate the skin, resulting in a cascade of antiaging benefits and skin renewal, perfect for challenging your skin to look it’s best using its own natural healing properties!

While all of our treatment suggestions for restoring facial volume post weight loss include stimulating the building blocks of structure, strength and support for your skin (hello, collagen & elastin!), depending on your skin condition and goals, we may recommend a combination of treatments to help achieve that lifted, volumized, supple face of yesteryear. Ready to help your most important asset of all catch up with your weight loss achievements? Call today for your comprehensive consultation, we can’t wait to help you complete the look, beauty! 701-751-4140

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