‘Ozempic Face’: How Weight Loss Changes the Skin, and the Treatments That Can Help

Various treatments can help improve skin after weight loss, and the right approach for you depends on your needs.

Dermal Fillers

Juvéderm and Restylane Dermal filler is one of the most effective and instant fixes for loss of volume as a result of facial weight loss, Shafer says. Of those, hyaluronic acid fillers, including Juvéderm and Restylane, are the most popular. There are a few different types of dermal filler.

For the cheeks, Shafer suggests Juvéderm Voluma XC, and for the jawline he recommends Juvéderm Volux XC, which are both approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adding volume to these specific areas. (Volux is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler for the jawline.)

“While these are not permanent fixes, the dermal fillers, when injected by experienced injectors, can give very nice and natural results,” Shafer says.

The FDA approved Restylane Contour for the midface and cheeks in 2021 and Restylane Lift in 2018 for cheek augmentation and correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies.

Results from these types of fillers can last between six months and two years, “but ‘lasting’ does not mean the full effect is present for the entire time,” Shafer notes. “If a filler is said to last two years, I suggest topping up after one year. So if you did two syringes to reach your full effect during your initial treatment then you may need one syringe annually to maintain the results. Everyone’s body metabolizes differently, so patients need to understand that a filler may last longer or shorter in different people.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of hyaluronic acid filler (including Juvéderm and Restylane, is $684 per syringe. But facial fillers “aren’t a beauty procedure in which you can expect to find a

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How to Care For Your Skin After a Chemical Peel

The benefits of a chemical peel are plenty. This face treatment, known for resurfacing the skin to reveal a brighter and clearer complexion, really does wonders when your skin needs a reset. Hadley King, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist lists unclogging pores, reducing acne breakouts, smoothing out uneven skin texture, plumping the skin, stimulating collagen production, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as just some of the many benefits you get when you opt in to a chemical peel. Who wouldn’t want this? 

But as with any skin treatment, chemical peels come with some side effects that you should take note of. According to Michele Farber, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group, chemical peels — whether you do it at-home or as an in-office treatment — can cause redness, mild irritation, sun sensitivity, and flaking. More serious side effects, Dr. Farber says, includes infections such as cold sore breakouts.

So what can you use on your skin? Can you wear makeup after a chemical peel? How long does the recovery process last? Don’t panic: there are ways to mitigate any negative downsides and prevent you from having to deal with something such as cold sores and ways to figure out where your makeup falls into all of this. You just need to follow three simple steps, outlined below.

Have a simple skincare routine

Less is more, especially after a treatment like a chemical peel. Both Dr. Farber and Dr. King strongly advise with keeping your routine as simple as possible while your skin heals. 

“It is best to keep regimens simple post-peel,” says Dr. Farber. “Use a gentle, non-soap cleanser to wash the skin. Follow with a fragrance-free moisturizer, ideally a thicker cream to help hydrate sensitive skin.” 

For cleansers, Dr.

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Is Estrogen the Key to “Good” Skin?

Is Topical Estrogen the Answer to Youthful Skin?

Is Topical Estrogen the Answer to Youthful Skin?

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Anyone who experiences a monthly menstrual cycle is well aware of how shifting hormones effect the skin. Around ovulation, your skin peaks: it’s clear and naturally radiant. The days leading up to the start of your period are your skin’s flop area: it’s dull, oily, and maybe a few zits have popped up on your skin.

This downgrade in appearance is due to the dip in estrogen that occurs at the tail end of your cycle, but a similar shift in the hormone (along with progesterone) happens as you enter preimenopause and menopause. The body naturally begins to produce less estrogen, which can make the skin appear dull, saggy, and dry. You can also experience breakouts as these changes happen, too.

It’s impossible to prevent the hormone shifts that come with this stage of life, so unsurprisingly people have taken to Google to find out if estrogen can be applied to the skin topically for a quick fix. According to Spate, searches for “estrogen face cream” are up 102.8%.

You won’t find estrogen in moisturizers at Sephora, but there are ingredients that mimic its skincare benefits. Ahead, dermatologists explain the role estrogen has on the skin, how to make up for the loss of estrogen with the products in your skincare routine, and more.

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What Role Does Estrogen Have on Skin Health?

Estrogen is a hormone that’s important to many bodily functions — including maintaining what’s considered youthful skin. “Estrogen aids in the prevention of skin aging when at appropriate levels and it’s for this reason that the features of aging skin appear as we get older and, most prominently, during peri- and post-menopause when estrogen levels decline

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