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What happens if I gain or lose weight after a facelift?

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When considering getting a facelift procedure, your weight might be the last thing on your mind. Admittedly, the need to lose ten or 20 pounds seems to have little to do with your face. 

In reality, each surgical procedure you may undergo, including those performed on your face, seriously affects your overall health. Weight loss before and during your facelift could easily affect the outcomes.

In this blog, Artiste Plastic Surgery shares how body weight changes can affect your facelift surgery results.

Facelift: An Overview

A facelift is a procedure that tightens the facial muscles and supporting tissues, reduces or redistributes excess fat from the lower part of the face, and repositions the skin to look tighter and younger. It can significantly improve a patient’s appearance, perhaps taking ten or so years off their appearance.

Artiste Plastic Surgery describes the best candidate for any cosmetic surgery, including a facelift, as close to their optimum weight as possible, practising healthy weight-maintenance behaviours like eating right and exercising frequently. 

Losing weight can significantly impact your general health and the outcome of your surgery if you are not at your target weight.

Effects of Weight Changes

  • Losing and Gaining Weight: Before Facelift

Numerous plastic surgery procedures, including facelifts, address the redistribution and removal of fat cells. Losing or gaining weight before surgery and then keeping an ideal number afterwards is the best way to ensure that all of your physical goals for your body and face are realised at once.

The timing of weight loss or gain before a facelift is crucial. Never alter your surgical plan in any way between your consultation with your surgeon and the scheduled procedure.

  • Losing and Gaining Weight: After Facelift

It’s likely that after your facelift procedure, you’ll be more motivated to take particular care of your new appearance. Changing your weight significantly after having a facelift may not be the best approach, especially if you do it quickly. 

When losing weight, most people will suffer some loss of facial fat, which is not the ideal side effect after undergoing treatment to correct the fat distribution to achieve a youthful look.  After a facelift, rapid weight loss or gain may cause sagging and skin laxity, which may require a second facelift treatment.

How to Maintain Facelift Results and Ideal Weight

Weight maintenance is something you can do for a healthier lifestyle. This also helps in maintaining your facelift results.  Here are ways to preserve the benefits of your facelift and keep your ideal weight:

  1. Go at a healthy pace while losing or gaining weight. To lose weight safely and permanently, most doctors advise losing 1-2 pounds per week.
  1. Follow your personal development as you go. Some individuals have noticeable weight changes from their faces initially, while others may shed or gain many pounds before noticing changes to their faces. 
  1. Keep your choices open. Never put your health at risk to maintain your overall appearance, especially if there are other ways you can gain or lose weight.

Consult with World-trained Dr Jack Zoumaras

With your plastic surgeon’s assistance, it is possible to manage your weight after a facelift. Be upfront and honest about your weight loss or gain objectives throughout your assessment. This is the greatest approach to guarantee that both your surgical and health-related goals are accomplished.

If you want to learn more about facelift surgery in Sydney, reach out to Artiste Plastic Surgery. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jack Zoumaras has a deep understanding of the anatomy of ageing and unique facelift techniques that produce natural-looking results. He has also written a book called The Art of a Facelift, which includes more insights into the facelift procedure. Book a consultation with us today. 

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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