If your face has a puffy or “fat” appearance, you may wonder how to lose weight specifically in your face, or how to make it appear thinner and more contoured. Here are some useful tips.
Shed Those Pounds
While it isn’t possible to target weight loss specifically to your face, it IS true that losing weight in general does cause your face to lose weight too. In fact, when you lose weight, excess fat disappears from your face first, before any other part of your body! So if you’re overweight, start eating a balanced diet and embark on an exercise plan. Aerobic exercise boosts your metabolism, while weight-bearing exercises increase muscle tone and can even tone facial muscles, even though they’re not being used in the actual exercise.
“Eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise are important for both your health and your appearance,” says Dr. Thomas Loeb, a NY plastic surgeon, and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Say “No” To Salt, Sugar, and Alcohol, But “Yes” To Water
Retaining water gives your face that unattractive “puffy” look and makes it appear fatter. To avoid retaining water, stay away from salty foods and those with refined sugar. Focus instead on healthy, low-fat proteins and fruits and vegetables, and choose low-sodium products. Alcoholic beverages can also cause you to become dehydrated, which results in water retention and puffiness, so indulge in alcohol only occasionally.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but a great way to prevent your body from retaining water is to drink a lot of water! The reason is that when you don’t drink enough water, your body thinks that it’s in danger of not having enough fluid, so it hangs on to every bit of water it can! If you drink plenty of water (eight glasses per day is recommended), your body is willing to release the water. If you find it difficult to drink that much water, get extra fluid from fresh fruit.
Fat Removal and Other Procedures
Sometimes fat deposits in the face are stubborn, and even losing weight doesn’t help. In such cases, plastic surgery can help.
“Excess deposits of fat in the chin, neck, and cheeks can create a false impression of plumpness and being overweight, even for individuals who are otherwise fit and slender everywhere else,” explains Dr. Loeb. “Chubby or ‘chipmunk’ cheeks are often the result of heredity; these disproportionate lumps of fat will not simply go away with diet and exercise. For many, this poses not only an aesthetic problem, but an emotional one as well. Consequently, they may find tremendous benefit in a buccal fat removal procedure — also referred to as cheek reduction surgery — to give their faces a sleeker and more defined look.”
The buccal fat removal procedure involves removing the fat pads from the cheeks to give a thinner appearance to the face and emphasize the contours. This procedure does not leave scars, and incisions heal quickly. Visit drloeb.com to view before and after pictures of buccal fat removal performed by Dr. Loeb.
So if your face looks too fat or puffy, don’t despair. There are many ways to give your face the thinner look you want.