As many can attest to, making the decision to lose weight takes patience and dedication. Reaching those weight loss goals is truly a celebratory milestone.
For those who have attained their goal by losing 20 to 25 pounds, while they have redefined their silhouette, they may also notice that their face has lost volume.
“Anytime you lose a significant amount of weight, there is a concern about volume loss and perhaps the change of laxity in your skin,” said Elizabeth Reed, an aesthetic nurse specialist who works with San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho. “So what we want to do first is to restore that volume.”
Reed mentioned the optimal products she uses are Juvederm and Voluma.
While Juvederm is used to lessen the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines, Voluma addresses the mid-portion of the face. According to Reed, beginning rejuvenation at the mid-face is a great starting point.
This usually begins with using one syringe of Voluma. Generally, Reed likes to deliver the Voluma first and wait a couple of weeks for the product to settle before addressing nasolabial folds. In some cases, this area may resolve itself due to the Voluma, or a patient may need a lesser amount of Juvederm.
When teaming up with patients for their skin care needs, Reed will also assess whether or not they would like to reverse any premature skin aging caused by sun damage or even brighten their skin tone with a series of chemical peels.
And for those who want to lessen the appearance of wrinkles along their forehead, around their eyes and in between their brows, Botox is the “go-to” cosmetic injection.
“The goal is to tailor a skin care regimen for every person’s specific needs,” Reed said.
Reed wants everyone to know that it’s best to be within five pounds of a weight loss goal before seeking a Juvederm or Voluma treatment. The reason behind this is that when someone is close to their goal weight, a professional such as an aesthetic nurse or plastic surgeon, can glean better insight into a person’s facial structure.
“For me, it’s about a patient investing in something at the right time so they achieve the overall result that they are looking for,” she said. “When you are within five pounds of your goal weight, I think that’s a great time to make an aesthetic care plan.”