The truth about weight loss and wrinkles

24 October 2016

The truth about weight loss and wrinkles

French actress, Catherine Deneuve, once said, “At a certain age, you have to choose between your face and your ass.”  What she meant was, as we get older, losing weight can actually make us look older.

A common complaint among patients looking for anti-ageing solutions is that they have lost the youthful fullness from the middle of their faces, leaving them with hollow looking cheeks and a sagging jawline. 

But no one wants to carry excess weight, it’s not good for our health and feeling sluggish and heavy is unpleasant. So what’s the solution?

Luckily for us, the experts have some top tips to help us strike a healthy balance. 

  • Weight maintenance

As we get older we should aim to maintain a target weight, rather than yo-yoing up and down. As Super Model Cindy Crawford explains, “It’s not your skinniest weight; it’s your doable weight, and stay there. When you yo-yo – you lose five pounds, you gain five pounds – that’s really bad for your skin because of the elasticity. Your skin stretches and then it goes back and then it stretches.”

If you need to lose a few pounds to get to your ideal weight the experts also recommend you take it slowly. Crash dieting is very aging. So if you want to lose weight aim to shed two pounds a week.

  • Exercise smart

From your 30s onwards you start to lose muscle mass and so only doing cardio workouts, like running, can actually age you. 

That’s not to say you can ditch the cardio all together, but from your 30s onwards you should mix your running or spin classes with weight training and yoga or pilates – workouts which focus on building muscle. 

  • Try Non Surgical Treatments

Treatments like Dermal Fillers are a very effective way to restore lost fullness to the face. A small amount of the Filler placed strategically into the cheeks can help to restore youthful shape and volume. 

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