November 25th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
Some patients have asked Dr. Miguel Delgado during consultation at 450 Sutter Street, Suite 2433, San Francisco if it is a good idea in preparing for facelift surgery to lose weight. When you gain or lose weight, your face can change dramatically. It is good to be close to your ideal weight prior to surgery, a weight you are comfortable with and that you can maintain.
If prior to a rhytidectomy (face lift) you were to lose a substantial amount of weight, you may end up with a loss of volume in the face that can make you look sick or gaunt. During a face lift procedure, loose skin is tightened, but in some cases it may be recommended to have facial fillers or fat transfers to restore volume giving a more youthful appearance.
After a facelift if one loses 10 to 15 pounds, it probably won’t make much difference to the face, but if you were to lose 20 pounds or more you may end up with loose skin as the volume decreases. Patients are encouraged to speak directly to Dr. Delgado at (415) 898-4161 for any concerns they may have regarding facial rejuvenation.