Treating “Ozempic Face” with Hyaluronic acid

With more and more people looking for that quick weight loss option, many are turning to Ozempic. Any treatment, including gastric bypass surgery, that results in quick weight loss often can result in the face looking gaunt. The more extreme the weight loss, the more severe the effect on the face will be for most patients.

What products do you use to treat Ozempic face?

There are several different options available. For the most part, hyaluronic acid fillers is a safe and cost-effective option with immediate results. In most cases, I start with a higher G prime product (i.e. Restylane Lyft or Voluma), that is injected deep to add instant volume. In many cases, one can add a softer, more pliable product more superficially. Other options include Radiesse, Sculptra, and fat transplantation.

Does losing weight faster made a difference on the fat loss in the face?

In most cases, yes. Any rapid, change will be more noticeable than a slow change that occurs over many many months or longer. Faster weight loss does not give the time to tighten, hence most will complain of sagging or loose skin. Those over 40 or with stretch marks are even less likely to have significant skin tightening.

What areas do you typically treat after rapid weight loss?

The cheeks (under the eyes and in front of the ear), temples, and occasionally the jawline require additional volume.

Is it better to treat the face during or after weight loss?

After weight loss is complete is optimal as we can achieve maximal correction, but this is not optimal for most patients. Many do not want to suffer with their appearance during their weight loss period. Treatment during this period is safe and effective, although I do not recommend considering fat transfer or Sculptra until weight loss is complete. The use of hyaluronic acid products is safe and effective during weight loss. This can often keep patients looking their best during their weight loss period and is commonly done.

Beautiful face
Beautiful face

Robert S. Bader, M.D., Dermatologist