What happens to our skin, if fat tissue shrinks?

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Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
Over time we lose not just collagen and elastin from our skin but also bone and fat. This can make the skin sag and make us look older than our years. Much of these changes are genetic, however for those who go through yo-yo dieting or for those with low body fat, the face can look gaunt and older at a much younger age, leading to the expression  of having to choose between “your fanny or your face.”  Besides avoiding the yo-yo diets that accelerate the process, for those who have fat loss, there are wonderful soft tissue fillers that add volume in a very natural and lasting manner. As new products have become available we have advanced injection techniques so we are no longer simply chasing and filling lines and wrinkles, but rather restoring volume and a more youthful appearance. One of the most undertreated areas are the temples. Strategically adding volume in the temples and the mid-face can add balance and harmony to the face, and no one will know anything was done. Options for products to use are: Sculptra, Perlane, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse. It is very important to be evaluated and treated by a trained aesthetic physician for safest treatment and optimal outcome.  The aesthetic physician will be able to determine the right treatment plan and product for you.

When we lose a moderate amount of weight, our skin shrinks to fit our body's new size. The collagen in our skin gives it elasticity.

Losing a massive amount of weight, however, can leave you with extra skin because it has lost its elasticity.

In some cases, when people lose massive amounts of weight, they have extra skin left over from their heavier days. Their skin loses its elasticity and hangs limply from their body.

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