The Trouble With Too Much Facial Fat

The benefit of having extra fat in your face is that the signs of aging that are related to fat loss, deep wrinkles in particular, take longer to develop since you have a nice bit of padding. However, too much facial fat has its downside, too. Because your skin will age, you may begin to notice larger jowls forming earlier on, and fat around your chin can create that dreaded double chin that makes you look older than you are.

Using fillers to plump the upper part of your face may simply add insult to injury and look odd. However, you might consider liposuction in the lower part of your face to create a more oval, youthful-looking shape. Your doctor can remove the fat around your chin, and where your jowls develop, in no more than half an hour. If your facial fat is accompanied by sagging skin, a mini-facelift may help as well.

If you want to lose weight to improve your overall body fat, keep in mind that you can't isolate where you lose fat, instead you'll lose it all over. Take your weight loss slowly, keep your muscles toned with weight training twice a week and be sure you're eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, which will help keep your skin smooth while you're burning off the fat. Good choices include orange-colored fruits and veggies like sweet potatoes and bell peppers because they contain beta-carotene, a precursor for vitamin A (we tend to know it as retinol).

Once you've reached your desired weight, your doctor can help you determine the best course of action to create youthful balance to your face through liposuction, a lift or perhaps judicious amounts of filler in strategic areas.

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