Looking Older after Weight Loss?

  • Kjonyou

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    Apr 29, 2014 7:48 AM GMT
    So I am not 20 anymore, and I know if you are young your skin will snap back. But what about when you are older? I have seen guys who loose say 20 to 40 pounds and look great body wise but they loose all the fat in their face.

    Is there any way to avoid this? I don't have a lot to loose, maybe 25 total and I am down about 11 now. Just dont want to look older then I am. LOL
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    Apr 29, 2014 10:53 AM GMT
    Let's say if you are beyond a certain age, your skin don't have the elasticity to snap back, so you have to accept "looking old." I get this a lot when I go on an exercise regime to tone down my abs. My friends have said I look haggard and even asked if I was suffering from AIDS (which I did not). Fortunately in my current line of work, looking "old" is positive, so I turn a deaf ear.

    Good luck in your attempt and post your adventures (and reactions from others).
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 29, 2014 12:19 PM GMT
    Sounds like some good input already. I'd see a dermatologist and ask some questions (and probably get an education in the process) about skin and the best way to care for your skin as you lose weight. Always get facts before starting the process so you will be better apt to follow a correct course of action.

    On the basis of your picture, I don't think you have much to worry about, but I understand we all have our sensitivities, so be diligent before you start (this thread being a good start).
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:40 PM GMT
    When I lost weight (it was only 30 pounds or so) I'm personally glad I looked older afterward. I probably won't be singing the same tune when I'm 43, but right now it's definitely a plus.

    I guess follow the advice everyone has posted already, but my half-assed response would be to just accept it as it is who you are. There is an aesthetic appeal in signs of aging coupled with fitness that I really appreciate.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    Nope.

    The only thing you can do is to gain some weight back to fill out your face or go the dermatologist route and get fillers injected to compensate.

    Some men naturally have fuller faces and don't look to bad post weight loss but it does age most people over 30 unfortunately.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:38 PM GMT
    kjonyou saidSo I am not 20 anymore, and I know if you are young your skin will snap back. But what about when you are older? I have seen guys who loose say 20 to 40 pounds and look great body wise but they loose all the fat in their face.

    Is there any way to avoid this? I don't have a lot to loose, maybe 25 total and I am down about 11 now. Just dont want to look older then I am. LOL


    My experience is to not worry about it. I'm 51 and last summer I lost 25 pounds to get my BMI in check (I was only slightly overweight). Any fat that you loose in your face will slowly return, and will only be marginal and maybe not even noticeable to anyone but yourself. Best wishes to you on your path.
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    Apr 30, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    Nothing that a beard cannot hide, if you are pro-beards, which I am
  • Beeftastic

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    Apr 30, 2014 12:34 AM GMT
    With quick weight loss, this will be an issue. But your fat will redistribute itself a bit after the loss and the face will fill out again, even if you keep the weight off.

    I have less jowls now than when I was big that's for sure. Overall it's a big net plus icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 30, 2014 5:49 AM GMT
    Facial exercises?
  • buddycat

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    Apr 30, 2014 6:44 AM GMT
    Huh, I just lost 38 pounds and was thinking that myself if this would make me look older. Especially when a couple here guessed my age a few years older than I am.
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    May 04, 2014 5:44 AM GMT
    Consider taking silica, as well. Just be sure it's highly bio-available.
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    May 04, 2014 6:44 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidInjections to plump up the face might work. Have you tried or thought of Rystalin? I may be spelling it wrong but people with facial wasting go to plastic surgeons to have their face plumped up and this helps them look younger.

    Yeah, plastic surgery.
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    May 07, 2014 3:55 AM GMT
    kjonyou saidSo I am not 20 anymore, and I know if you are young your skin will snap back. But what about when you are older? I have seen guys who loose say 20 to 40 pounds and look great body wise but they loose all the fat in their face.

    Is there any way to avoid this? I don't have a lot to loose, maybe 25 total and I am down about 11 now. Just dont want to look older then I am. LOL


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    May 07, 2014 4:01 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidNope.

    The only thing you can do is to gain some weight back to fill out your face or go the dermatologist route and get fillers injected to compensate.

    Some men naturally have fuller faces and don't look to bad post weight loss but it does age most people over 30 unfortunately.


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    Feb 01, 2015 1:05 AM GMT
    There's a book called Facercise that talks about how to shape and tone the muscles in the face, using simple stretches and movements.

    Weird yeah, but people say it works.
  • Orland23

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    Mar 22, 2015 6:00 AM GMT
    I think it depends on the person's face shape, some people naturally have a fuller face, while outer have less fullness to their face. A fuller face can make a person look younger. When one loses weight there is less fat on your face too, a person loses fat in all of body so with less fat in face, it is possible that one could develop more lines and wrinkles as fat would help to keep "fullness" to the face.

    Facial hair tends to make a person look older, think why some college students grow beards, they won't be as likely to get carded at barsicon_lol.gif. I read a study that beards can "age" a man 5 to 8 years compared to clean shaven.

    I had lost over 60 pounds since two years ago and if people guess my age, they always guess younger than my actual ageicon_redface.gif, so some people when they lose weight, their face could look older but not everyone.
  • mcbrion

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    May 01, 2016 5:00 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidNope.

    The only thing you can do is to gain some weight back to fill out your face or go the dermatologist route and get fillers injected to compensate.

    Some men naturally have fuller faces and don't look to bad post weight loss but it does age most people over 30 unfortunately.


    Agreed. I lost 25 pounds last year when my first cousin, who was more like my twin sister, was dying of pancreatic cancer. I had no intention of losing weight: it happened without me noticing it much. I just wasn't into eating. Between early February and early June, I went from 200 to 176. I'm 6' tall, and still nicely built at 64, so I didn't really notice it happening (it wasn't exactly foremost in my thoughts anyway), but I eventually noticed it in my face, which I initially attributed to not sleeping well and being distraught. It was only after seeing the gastroenterologist, whose nurse weighed me that I realized that the reason my face looked that way was weight loss, not emotional distress.

    Now, a buddy who I worked with at Verizon and is vegetarian, did a purely liquid diet for 4 months, and I could see it in his face at work. He was only 38 when he did it, but it showed easily: his face was just less round and overall smaller, as though his entire head shrunk.
    I notice that the fat seems to vanish from the midsection, and the face at nearly the same time for me if I lose weight consciously, which I don't do much of.