Ozempic Weight Loss Leaving Your Face Flat?
Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, was approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes in 2017 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As defined on the Ozempic website, it is a “once-weekly medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes used to improve blood sugar, along with diet and exercise, and reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease.”
Although not made specifically for weight loss, studies have shown weight loss can be seen as a result of taking the medication. When a patient experiences weight loss like they do on Ozempic, they may notice changes in their body. In an American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) survey, 60% of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing an increase of patients with complaints of “Ozempic Face.”
Ozempic Face happens when patients experience facial weight loss resulting in facial deflation and a prematurely aged appearance. Because of this, patients have turned to corrective procedures to bring youth and fullness back to the face. It is reported that around 25% of patients opt for corrective surgery and 25-50% of patients opt for injectables to mitigate the problem.
How Plastic Surgeons Approach Ozempic Face
Plastic and cosmetic surgeons have adapted to this demand and offered insights on what they think is best. In total, 15% of facial plastic surgeons surveyed recommend treating this situation exclusively with facial filler, 12% recommend face and neck lifts, and 2% recommend fat grafting.
Gaining Weight Back After Ozempic
Due to the nature of Ozempic, patients may experience weight gain once they stop using the medication. This could interfere with the corrective procedures mentioned above. Patients may feel as though their filler is being pushed out or their surgical results have been distorted. This can be avoided with extreme precision and strategic placement by your doctor at the time of the corrective procedure, but doctors have also recommended making changes in diet and lifestyle in order to maintain their results as best as possible.
Ozempic and its effects are relatively new to plastic surgeons. The more patients use it and the longer it stays around, the more doctors will be able to understand and address problems such as Ozempic Face. Make sure you consult with your doctor when deciding to start this medication.
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