It seems we can’t go a day without hearing the word “Ozempic.” You see it in the the news, on social media, and all over the blogs. This injectable drug, originally created to treat Type 2 diabetes, has exploded in popularity for its other desirable effect – it can help with weight loss. A hot topic of discussion and controversy (just type in “Ozempic” in Google if you don’t believe me) this medication has everyone’s attention now. Hundreds of articles and search engine pages are dedicated to it. There are celebrity denials, there are success stories, and everything in between. Those using Ozempic to help shave off those pesky few pounds around the waist may say this drug is a miracle cure. However, as most of us know, miracles are usually in short supply and miracle drugs do not come without the side effects, unfortunately, sometimes negative ones. Notably, the dreaded term “Ozempic Face” has become synonymous with the gaunt, sagging and aged appearance that can result from significant weight loss.
So is Ozempic a miracle drug, but a beauty foe? Well… the real answer is complicated.
Ozempic provides a much needed solution to a problem plaguing thousands of people who suffer health issues related to Type 2 diabetes, particularly managing blood sugar. While this medication is not prescribed for weight-loss, studies have shown it can successfully help people reduce weight. It is the latter effect that made this drug so popular with the public. Unfortunately, the benefits do not come without a downside. Losing weight can result in loss of volume in the face, causing skin sagging and drooping. The loss of facial fat can also accentuate wrinkles and contribute to an overall exhausted look. Many patients who took Ozempic are finding themselves feeling better about their much healthier bodies, but worse about their hollow, droopy faces. It seems as though becoming healthier comes at the cost of losing our looks. Some patients might not even consider trying this drug for their diabetes and medically needed weight loss in fear of the ”Ozempic Face.”
Here is where plastic surgery can help. Even though we cannot prevent the aging side effects of Ozempic, we can help reverse these effects. Some people might need just a little filler in a few areas of the face to restore the volume. Others, might require to do a bit more and would benefit from fat transfer to the face. A bigger procedure, such as facelift, might be the best option in other cases in order to completely reverse the sagging and restore their youthful look. Whatever that might be, one does not have to suffer losing their beauty when trying to improve their health. For women and men experiencing the aging effects of weight loss from using Ozempic, Dr. Konstantin recommends seeking a consultation from a qualified facial plastic surgeon who would be able to find the most suitable solution to the problem.
Ultimately, vanity has no place when it comes to our health, but realistically, we all want to feel AND look our best. Thankfully, there are expert facial plastic surgeons ready to give us back our youthful, rejuvenated appearance – so we can make “Ozempic Face” a thing of the past.