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.
  • Ubeaut

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    Dec 15, 2016 7:06 AM GMT
    After losing weight you are older than beforehand.
    After gaining weight you are older than before hand.

    simples
  • Ubeaut

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    Dec 15, 2016 7:10 AM GMT
    If you retain fat around the face get used to the idea of jowls and turkey neck as you age.
    By the way your fatty liver won't thank you either.
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    Dec 27, 2016 2:10 AM GMT
    Ubeaut said
    If you retain fat around the face get used to the idea of jowls and turkey neck as you age.
    By the way your fatty liver won't thank you either.

    You're no paragon of youth at 54 to be lecturing us on looking young. Here's me at 58 at gay Sebastian Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and I didn't do anything. Other than no smoking or drugs, and moderate drinking. But lived outdoors a great deal and rode motorcycles from one end of the US to the other, all things harmful to your face.

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    Here I am a year later at 59, I think the oldest guy in the group (a public photo), on the far right. Yeah, I'm just a little thing. But not as overweight as guys younger than me.

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    How do you avoid aging? Depends on the person. Genetics obviously helps. That's the thing that helped me the most, because I sure did everything wrong on my own.

    And follow a healthy lifestyle, that I kinda violated, except for my avoiding smoking, drugs and excessive alcohol. I'm overweight today, had some health problems that put on weight. But losing those pounds today.

    Facial appearance following weight loss? I'd consult some experts. Everyone is different. Some saggy skin stretched by fat may need a surgical tuck. Skin stretched for years doesn't snap back into place. Skin stretched for years to accommodate fat gain will actually permanently grow. Applying skin creams won't help you much.

    Less severe facial fat loss may allow some exercises, where building underlying muscle may do the trick. Difficult to advise an individual online here.
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    Jan 02, 2017 10:43 PM GMT
    Actress Catherine Deneuve once famously said something like "At some point every woman needs to choose between her ass and her face."

    That changed with facial fillers. Exhibit A: Madonna. Preternaturally heart-shaped smooth full face at what, 60? With the veiny arms and hands of a crone.

    I wonder what happens with facial fillers when people REGAIN the weight.

    To me anyway, if your body's hot enough a sunken fat free face is kinda hot too.
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    Jan 03, 2017 6:07 AM GMT
    The traditional facelift, when it gets to the point of sagging too much.
  • Mncub22

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    May 20, 2017 8:42 PM GMT
    Homerk saidLet'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).


    I'm sorry to be off topic but what kind of asshole would ask you if you have AIDS?
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    May 20, 2017 9:43 PM GMT
    As I said previously above, when you've been heavy for a while your skin doesn't merely stretch, it actually grows to accomodate the increased bulk undeneath. Post-pregnancy women have this problem, plus it also gives them "stretch marks", because the gain happens so quickly.

    I had a BF who lost a lot of weight before I met him. His face was OK, but he had loose flabs of stomach skin. He thought exercise might eliminate it, but it didn't. He really needed a tummy tuck. (Done through the navel it's virtually invisible) Once the skin grows it usually doesn't shrink back. It's the principle behind non-surgical cosmetic foreskin restoration, BTW. A lengthy stretching process.

    So a number of variables involved, primarily length of time a person has had excess weight, and how much weight, of course.

    As for selective fat retention, in the face for instance, I don't know of a way to avoid that loss during a weight reduction. Your body consumes all fat pretty much equally. I shake my head at guys who think that doing sit-ups will reduce only their belly fat. No.

    What intense exercise does is burn fat from all over the body. Which can be good. And what sit-ups do is build stomach muscle, so you hold yourself better, and get some definition. But you really can't target the fat to lose.

    You're not exercising the belly fat, it's a kind of passive pad down there, you're working the muscles underneath. Nor can you prevent loss from where you may not want to lose it. You lose belly fat, as an example, as much by jogging as you do by sit-ups.
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    May 21, 2017 10:38 PM GMT
    Have you thought rationally about why you want (or need) to loose this weight, why 25 pounds exactly, and what (if anything) loosing that weight will get you? You may be perfect "as is." Sure looks that way from the pic. Maybe the weight that you needed to loose is the 11 pounds that's already gone. There's a mild form of body dysmorphic syndrome where we may be thinking that our life will improve if we loose (more) weight but in reality that's not the issue at all and some other very different focus is what we really need.

    When I got serious about weight training, I totally switched my body-improvement focus to the gym and completely forgot about the bathroom scale. Healthy eating follows naturally when you're putting in that kind of effort with the weights. Your gut tightens even if your weight stays the same. Now I'm happier and healthier and I like the way I look and the way clothing fits. I try for glacially slow weight loss--about a pound a month. That eliminates most of the problem with loose skin. If you insist on loosing the rest of the 25, why not try this approach? You're only looking at about a year and you can evaluate the way your face looks each month and stop any time. Also, at 41 if you want to keep your looks you need to protect yourself from the sun and stay away from booze and smoke (even second hand smoke). I gave up my convertible about that age and I switched from lying on the beach to walking the beach at sunrise or sunset. Never had much interest in booze or smokes. Best to you, Kjon.