Post Ozempic Weight Loss: Aesthetic Solutions Explored
Prescription medications such as Ozempic, Wegovy, and Semaglutide have revolutionized weight loss as we know it. The terms ‘Ozempic Face’ and ‘Ozempic Body’ may be familiar to some, as they are used to describe the side effects that may accompany the use of these medications. What many people might not realize is that significant weight reduction can result in fat volume loss, loose skin, and other aesthetic concerns.
If weight loss has led to a gaunt appearance in areas like the cheeks or temples, dermal fillers, and fat grafting are effective options. Hyaluronic acid (HA)–based fillers such as Juvederm® or biostimulatory fillers like Sculptra® and Radiesse® can sculpt the face and body, addressing volume loss. Biostimulatory fillers stimulate collagen production, improving laxity, skin quality, and texture. Another option to replace volume loss and enhance skin quality is Dermapose, which employs micro fat transfer using the patient’s own body fat. Lastly, an alternative to injections altogether is EmFace®, which utilizes radiofrequency with electrical muscle stimulation to enhance volume and reduce wrinkles in the face.
What’s important to note is that fillers and fat transfers primarily address volume, not laxity. Depending on age and skin quality, these treatments might suffice, but skin tightening may also be necessary for others. Advanced Dermatology offers various modalities for non-surgical skin tightening, including radiofrequency, microneedling, ultrasound, and laser. Standout treatments include Sofwave™, Ultherapy®, and Thermage®, which use ultrasound or radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production, resulting in tightened and lifted skin. Another effective treatment for skin tightening is Genius™, which combines radiofrequency and microneedling. Genius™ is unique because it contains more fine, flexible needles per tip, which allows it to deliver a higher amount of energy for skin tightening without the associated down-time of other devices on the market.
For those with lingering problem areas despite significant weight loss, CoolSculpting® provides a solution. Utilizing controlled cooling technology, CoolSculpting® freezes away fat without surgery, reducing fat in specific trouble spots by up to 25%. Alternatively, EmSculpt NEO® combines radiofrequency with electrical muscle stimulation to increase density of the muscles, reduce fat, and improve skin quality in targeted areas of the body.
Changes in skin texture or loss of luminance can be addressed with laser skin resurfacing procedures like Fraxel®, Clear & Brilliant® and Permea, LaseMD®, and CO2RE. Innovative treatments such as SKINVIVE™ by JUVÉDERM® can enhance skin smoothness and fine lines by improving natural moisture retention and creating a lasting glow.
While these treatments offer transformative results, proper skincare is essential. Consistent sun protection and a dedicated skincare routine are crucial at any point along the aging continuum.
Semaglutide medications like Ozempic and Wegovy can be transformative for weight loss, but aesthetic side effects like volume loss and skin laxity are important to consider. Advanced Dermatology provides numerous solutions, and scheduling a cosmetic consultation allows patients to explore options and make informed decisions to achieve their desired results.