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Lost weight, and face looks old?


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Has anyone else here found that as they lost weight, their face started to look worse than before the weight loss?

I know I will sound obsessed but since I lost 20 pounds over the last several months, my face has started to look really OLD. In fact, I just look tired! I am only in my late 20's--barely-- and make sure I drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.

In the last couple months I lost 10 pounds and that's when I noticed it was starting to show in my face. It sucks! I have these laugh lines that make me look tired and I also noticed my cheeks have this "droopy" look to them...as if they have pads that are about to slide right off!

Is it just me, or has this happened to anyone else? Does that just mean the fat on my face is diminishing in an uneven manner, or that I need to lose the rest of the extra fat on my face?

For those of you who have had this issue, what did you do to remedy it?

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I have heard that people who are less thin age more gracefully.  Their faces do not look so gaunt and haggard, more filled out and youthful.  I have even read of some celebrities that have gained weight in order to keep their youthful faces.  They would rather have a plump body than a saggy, wrinkly face.

Actually to lose weight you have to stress your body a little so you will look tired because you are a little tired. You also need to give your skin more time to recover from the weight loss. Get some good skin lotion on and stay away from the sun.

Last but not least, you are way way too young to have to worry about looking old.

It's true that to some extent fat will plump out wrinkles (some people pay lost of money to have it injected). At 20 something I seriously doubt that anyone else is noticing the little linesas much as you are, but I am almost 40 and yes I have noticed a few more wrinkles etc especially while losing. I have started using an eye cream and moisurizer and can see a huge difference. Are you drinking enough water? Lots of water is great for your complection also. 

Yes, I have a similar problem. Unfortunately I'm a fair bit older than you so it's probably permanent. I basically start looking my age now :-/

Moisturise. A lot. Stay clear of anti-ageing creams at this point, most of the just irritate the top layer so it swells up a bit. The moment you stop using them everything is back to square one. Others contain silicone for that 'instant effect'. None of this helps you at this moment.

Eat and drink lots of anit-oxidants (anything blue, red and purple - red beet is especially good).

Make sure your weight loss is slow.

Ehhh, it was actually my MOTHER who told me that I looked old and tired, but then again I don't know if I should really listen to her considering the fact that she tends to poke fun of my weight a lot too...

My weight loss has been slow. I aim for anywhere from 5-8 pounds per month, since that seems to be my body's natural pattern anyway. I also drink lots of water-- LOTS-- as in well over 64 ounces per day! I don't even include the water I drink just before I work out, while I work out, or after.

I've been moisturizing for years and also use sunscreen. I have started using an anti-aging serum but only bought it because it takes a while for you to see results, and it's not an "instant effect" one either. I saw from reviews that other women who were losing weight used it on their neck and faces this way they didn't have wrinkles that showed up after they lost weight-- some women commented that they lost well over 30 pounds, which is what I aim to do too.

The "jowl-ish" look is just starting to really bug me!

I'm sure you don't look old in your 20's, it's the skin that's stressed after having to hold up the fat, your face will look gaunt and a bit droopy for a while but it bounces back, soaking it in lotions does nothing really.

In your 20's I can't imagine looking old. Regardless of age if a person looses to much weight it can make them look tired and not vibrant. Are you eating enough and proper nutrients?

I think as a person ages in their 40s lets say even without weight loss the face does tend to thin out so when a person does loose it can even look that way more.

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Ehhh, it was actually my MOTHER who told me that I looked old and tired, but then again I don't know if I should really listen to her considering the fact that she tends to poke fun of my weight a lot too...

My weight loss has been slow. I aim for anywhere from 5-8 pounds per month, since that seems to be my body's natural pattern anyway. I also drink lots of water-- LOTS-- as in well over 64 ounces per day! I don't even include the water I drink just before I work out, while I work out, or after.

I've been moisturizing for years and also use sunscreen. I have started using an anti-aging serum but only bought it because it takes a while for you to see results, and it's not an "instant effect" one either. I saw from reviews that other women who were losing weight used it on their neck and faces this way they didn't have wrinkles that showed up after they lost weight-- some women commented that they lost well over 30 pounds, which is what I aim to do too.

The "jowl-ish" look is just starting to really bug me!

Ahhh, mothers! Mine gave me a Christmas gift in form of a sing that said 'Dear God, Id you can't make me thin at least make my friends fat'. She was really proud of it being so funny. My enthusiasm is limited considering that I have been losing weight almost continously for a year. There is something in mothers that seems to compulsively want to cut their daughters down to size. It must be instinctive because all of them seem to do it. (And my mom and I do love each other very much)

I'm getting the hanging jowls, too, but here it's mostly age not weightloss. (Btw, what serum are you usuing?) There are isometric excercises you can do (google it. Try 'face yoga', too) and that are supposed to help if you do them regularily - which I have never been able to do, to be honest.

The moisturizing is a good idea in general, weight loss or not. I use Dr. Hauschka Rosecream (not quite as pricey in Germany) mostly because my skin is thin and sensitive and doesn't like chemicals. I started when I was 30 and got rid of al the teeny wrinkles around my nose etc. And almost 10 years down the line my skin still looks good and wrinkles are making only a very very slow appearance.

Oh, one serum I tried and that does seem to work a little bit (which is why I can't use it on my face, it's too agressive) Kiehl's acai serum. But all of these fancy creams only make marginal differences if any at all.

Skin bounces back, but very slowly. Make sure your diet is nutritious despite the lower calories. Many people cut calories, but end up with nutritional deficiencies, or fail to supplement if they also exercise. Skin nails hair ALWAYS react first when you do that. If you damage them it takes forever to bring them back to normal.

And don't take people's comments to heart. When people lose weight the reaction is always negative since people had this image of you in their brain, so looking more gaunt just says sick to their subconcious. They'll get used to it and so will you. Look at The biggest loser. I always look at them, and in the middle of the show I think they look much older/worse, but as they continue they start looking like themselves, and obviously much better then before.

I noticed this, too.  I got my drivers license renewed and I look a lot older in my picture.  However, in person, people tell me I look really young.

Weight loss is a strain and is stressful.  I think it's just a natural part of it.  I've noticed it with other people who have lost weight, too, so I don't think we're in the minority.

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I lost 60 pounds.  My double chin turned into turkey neck.  Plus, when I was heavy, the puffiness of my face hid the laugh lines, which are not hidden anymore.

I use Boots No & Intense and Protect. I've been using it for several weeks now and can see a small difference.

My diet is nutritious, as I aim to get all of my veggie/fruit servings per day, protein, carbs, keep my fat intake low, and my water intake high.

Moselk, what I would suggest for the "turkey neck" is this exercise (it's helped me):

Tilt your head back until you feel a slight stretch in the neck muscle. Then lift your chin "up" and you'll feel a stronger stretch. Granted, things like this should be done before and during weight loss-- and even when you aren't losing weight, since most of this stuff is preventative.

I too, have laugh lines and I think they look soooo obvious! They make the jowls worse.

I recently lost 35 pounds in the last year but, noticed I look older too. I look at old pictures when my face was fuller and i look completely different. two of my friends have even told me that I look older now. I feel like gaining weight just so I can have a fuller face. I've worked so hard to lose the 35 lbs but I don't know what to do. 

Original Post by rabbitlvr_:

Has anyone else here found that as they lost weight, their face started to look worse than before the weight loss?

I know I will sound obsessed but since I lost 20 pounds over the last several months, my face has started to look really OLD. In fact, I just look tired! I am only in my late 20's--barely-- and make sure I drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.

In the last couple months I lost 10 pounds and that's when I noticed it was starting to show in my face. It sucks! I have these laugh lines that make me look tired and I also noticed my cheeks have this "droopy" look to them...as if they have pads that are about to slide right off!

Is it just me, or has this happened to anyone else? Does that just mean the fat on my face is diminishing in an uneven manner, or that I need to lose the rest of the extra fat on my face?

For those of you who have had this issue, what did you do to remedy it?

Yeah, a little.

Fillers. Injected into my face. The doctor says weight loss can do it, but so does aging. We lose fatty tissue in our faces, which can create those lovely hollows beneath our eyes and in the cheeks.

You can bounce back to a point without having procedures, but over time it's just kind of inevitable, and it's not something that happens when you're middle aged..it actually can begin in your late 20's or around 30.

This is reminding me that I am overdue for a refill.

Yay, fun.

 

Original Post by socal626:

I recently lost 35 pounds in the last year but, noticed I look older too. I look at old pictures when my face was fuller and i look completely different. two of my friends have even told me that I look older now. I feel like gaining weight just so I can have a fuller face. I've worked so hard to lose the 35 lbs but I don't know what to do. 

Since you lost weight recently, give it a little time on maintenance before you worry.

Everyone get slightly different results from weight loss (of course) and the way you look after weight loss is affected by your age and genetics too. Fuller faces do tend to look younger because that fullness often fills out creases and wrinkles and the area under your eyes (that can look hollow after weight loss). As the fat goes, the wrinkles start to show... I often think it is odd that I tend to gain /lose weight in my face (jawline) first, it's not like I am exercising it any more or less...

Anyway, you may find (as I did) that 4- 6 months of healthy eating at maintenance level and your face will look recovered. The remaining fat redistributes etc and you are no longer stressing your body by eating less than you need. Your current facial appearance is partly due to that stress. Same with boobs (although I know you didn't mention that, the effects are the same IMO) they can look a little deflated after weight loss but several months of maintenance and they will fill out again (just usually in smaller proportions).

I'm 40.  Losing weight actually smoothed out the wrinkles on my forehead, but I did start getting crows feet.  Whne I gained 10 lbs back I lost the crows feet, so it's definatly the weight loss that's making them more apparent.

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