There's an old saying: choose your body or choose your face. But is it true? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz will dig into that age-old adage.
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The Effects of Dieting on Your Facial Skin Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. We’ve all heard the saying choose your body or choose your face, but is it true? Well, certainly in the first half of your life up to your mid or late forties it’s probably not true and as this related to weight loss up until that age the collagen and the elastic tissue in your facial skin are sufficiently intact to create and lend a firmness to your skin. So if you are losing weight and making your body look better the firmness in your skin from the collagen and elastic tissue probably resists sagging and wrinkling from the weight loss. But by the time you get into your fifties, it’s a different story because different things are happening. First of all, at that point in your life there’s a normal loss of fat from the skin in your face just as part of the normal aging process. Second, you’ve been around long enough and had enough sun exposure so that some of your collagen and some of your elastic tissue just isn’t there or it’s not working as well. If you compound into that, purposeful weight loss you just don’t have enough firmness in your facial skin from the degraded collagen and elastic tissue and you don’t have enough volume in your facial skin from the concomitant loss of fat just from the aging process to really resist sagging and wrinkling. So at that point in your life, in fact, you may have to make a choice and choose between your body and your face. However, with a little help from a plastic surgeon or a cosmetic dermatologist you may be able to choose both. It’s sort of a little bit like having your cake and eating it. Oh, I guess that wasn’t a good metaphor when we’re talking about weight loss, sorry! Please join me again at DermTV.com. If you have a question, please send it to me by visiting DermTV.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.