Those slimming drugs can do everything to your face
dr. Oren Tepper, a plastic surgeon in New York, said it’s common for weight loss to deflate key areas of the face, leading to an older appearance. “When it comes to facial aging, fat is usually more of a friend than an enemy,” he said. “Weight loss can restore your biological age, but it tends to move the clock on your face.”
Indeed, as Catherine Deneuve is said to have said, “At a certain age you have to choose between your face and your ass.” But these days, in certain wealthy circles, that adage no longer seems to hold true, with the now common combination of weight loss drugs and bulking fillers.
“I see it every day in my office,” said Dr. Frank, who said he coined the term “Ozempic face” to describe the condition. “A 50-year-old patient will come in and suddenly she’s super thin and needs fillers, which she never needed before. I look at her and say: ‘How long have you been in Ozempica?’ And I’m right 100 percent of the time. It’s the drug of choice these days for the 1 percent.”
dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, a New York dermatologist whose famous patients include Martha Stewart, has noticed the same trend in his practice. “We’re seeing more and more patients on incoming medications,” he said. “In general, people in their 40s and 50s lose a lot of weight and are concerned about facial aging and the sagging that occurs as a result.”
Although non-invasive procedures like Fraxel can improve skin texture and wrinkles, Dr. Frank said fillers are the only non-invasive way to restore volume (cost: $5,000 to $10,000). To restore youthful fullness to Ms. Berger’s face, Dr. Frank injected Radiesse and hyaluronic acid-based fillers in strategic locations throughout her face—around the temples, under the eyes, in buccal cavities and around the jaw, mouth and lips.
To restore volume, Dr. Bhanusali uses Radiesse in combination with Sculptra, an injection that stimulates collagen production and can last up to 24 months. (Dr. Bhanusali was a consultant to Galderma, maker of Sculptra.) “The idea is to balance the face to compensate for hollows and downward protrusions in the cheeks, jawline and other areas,” he said.