Anyone who is overweight or obese and goes through the trouble and dedication to burn unwanted fat deserves praise. Going through that process isn't easy, so it can be particularly frustrating when you're not happy with how your skin looks after the fact. Unfortunately, this is a common problem for people after they lose a lot of weight, and it can even impact your face. If you're noticing that you seem to have loose or droopy skin after losing weight around your jaw or cheeks, here's what you should know and do about it.
1. The Impact of Weight on Your Skin
Everyone's skin is designed to tolerate certain amounts of weight. The pressure of your own muscles, natural fat reserves, and even temporary bloat can add weight to the skin. When you're young and healthy, the skin can tolerate this with no problem, but if you're a bit older or you've been carrying excess weight in your face, it may not be as resilient. This can damage and stretch the skin and the elastic fibers under your skin. At this point, they won't bounce back, even after the excess weight is removed.
2. The Impact of Rapid Weight Gain
Unfortunately, this problem worsens if you put on weight quickly. If you gained a lot of your excess pounds over a short amount of time, the likelihood is that the skin on your face was forced to stretch further than it should. This can result in small tears in the skin, otherwise known as stretch marks. These stretch marks are damaged areas and don't heal or recover once you lose the excess weight. They also don't bounce back the way that healthy skin does, meaning that if you have any stretch marks, it's unlikely that you're going to see much in the way of improvement in your skin, even with time.
3. How a Face Lift Helps
A facelift can help you to resolve these issues. For starters, a facelift trims away unwanted and damaged skin that isn't necessary before pulling it up. This can help to eliminate the worst damaged areas of your face, and will remove excess skin that you no longer need that was filled with fat cells previously. Facelifts also provide immediate appearance benefits. As soon as your healing process is complete, you'll be able to see how your skin looks tighter, younger, and healthier.
To learn more, contact services that offer facelift surgery.