Tighten Loose Skin with a Facelift after Weight Loss By The Landings Surgical Centre on July 13, 2021

woman with a slender faceLosing excess weight has a lot of benefits. People often feel healthier and more energetic, as well as more confident in their appearance. Unfortunately, many people struggle with loose, excess skin following weight loss. Loose skin is common around the arms, midsection, and thighs, but it can affect the face as well.

If weight loss has left facial skin loose, plastic surgery at the Landings Surgical Centre can help. A facelift eliminates extra skin and fatty tissues to enhance facial contours. Individuals in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and surrounding areas who are considering a facelift after weight loss can work with our surgeons to obtain the rejuvenated appearance they desire. 

How Does Weight Loss affect the Face?

For all the complaints that people tend to have when they carry around excess weight, one potential benefit of having a rounder face is that it usually makes people look younger. Fatty tissues in the face fill in facial features and smooth out wrinkles so they are not as defined. When someone loses weight, their facial appearance is likely to change somewhat, especially if they drop a large amount of weight.

Weight loss depletes fatty deposits from all areas of the body, including the face. However, skin often does not shrink back to accommodate new facial contours. Instead, most people are left with loose, saggy skin following weight loss. Loose skin exaggerates normal signs of aging. It is not uncommon for people to notice extra wrinkles and creases after weight loss, as well as a hollowed out appearance around the cheeks and eyes. Other common complaints following weight loss include heavy jowls and excess skin and fat beneath the neck.

Can Surgery Help Me?

Individuals who are bothered by signs of aging around the face following weight loss will likely need plastic surgery to truly address their concerns. Facial creams and other cosmetic products do little to address excess skin. In most cases, collagen stores have been depleted, so the skin is unlikely to shrink back or lift on its own.

The Facelift Procedure

Those who choose to undergo facelift surgery at the Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax can rest assured they are in good hands. Our surgeons use advanced surgical techniques and offer multiple facelift procedures so that we can customize care to best meet our patients’ needs. When someone has lost a large amount of weight, the most appropriate procedure is likely to be a full facelift.

A full facelift enhances the entire face. Alterations during a full facelift eliminate sagging skin in the mid and lower face, smooth out wrinkles beneath the eyes and mouth, remove fallen pockets of fat, and lift the skin to address jowls and/or a double chin.

During a full facelift procedure, patients are under the effects of general anesthesia. To access underlying facial tissues, incisions are made starting at the temple and extending around the ears to the back of the hairline. Excess skin is cut and removed, and remaining tissues and underlying muscles are pulled up and repositioned. When necessary alterations have been made, the incisions are closed.

Benefits of Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery after weight loss eliminates excess skin, and lifts and tightens facial features so that our patients can fully enjoy the effects of their weight loss efforts. A facelift allows people to say good-bye to exaggerated signs of aging, and say hello to a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Since a full facelift addresses both the skin and underlying muscles and tissues, the results are long-lasting.

Get in Touch

If you would like to learn more about the facelift procedure and whether you may be an ideal candidate for treatment, the surgeons at the Landings Surgical Centre would be happy to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch, send us a message online at your earliest convenience, or call (902) 492-2007.

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  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Canadian Medical Association

Schedule a consultation online or call us at (902) 492-2007 to learn more. Our Halifax practice provides convenient care for patients from Prince Edward Island and nearby areas.

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