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Ozempic Face

Understanding the Phenomenon, Features, and Treatment Options

At CLNQ in Cheshire & Manchester Ozempic face is a term that has recently gained attention, particularly in the context of significant weight loss achieved through the use of medications like Ozempic (semaglutide). While weight loss can lead to a host of health benefits, it can also result in certain aesthetic changes, including the appearance of the face.

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What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is a brand name for semaglutide, a medication originally developed for managing type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These drugs work by mimicking the action of a hormone called GLP-1, which increases insulin secretion, decreases glucagon secretion, and slows gastric emptying, thereby helping to control blood sugar levels. Additionally, Ozempic has been found to promote significant weight loss, making it a popular choice for medical weight loss.

Understanding Ozempic Face

Ozempic face refers to the appearance of facial changes, often perceived as premature aging or a gaunt look, following substantial weight loss. This phenomenon is not exclusive to Ozempic but can occur with any rapid or significant weight loss. The term has become popular as Ozempic and similar medications have gained prominence for their weight loss effects.

Features of Ozempic Face

With Ozempic face Manchester & Cheshire patients will find the primary features of the condition are related to the loss of facial fat, which can result in:

  • Loss of Facial Volume: One of the most noticeable changes is the reduction in facial fat, particularly in the cheeks and around the eyes. This can lead to a hollowed or sunken appearance.
  • Sagging Skin: With the loss of underlying fat, the skin may not retract fully, resulting in sagging, particularly around the jawline and cheeks. This can contribute to the appearance of jowls or a droopy look.
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles: The reduction in facial volume can accentuate existing fine lines and wrinkles, making them more pronounced. Areas around the eyes and mouth are particularly affected.
  • Overall Gaunt Appearance: The combination of these factors can give the face a gaunt or aged appearance, often described as looking tired or haggard.

Why do you get the Ozempic Face?

The facial changes associated with Ozempic face are primarily due to the loss of subcutaneous fat. As individuals lose weight, fat deposits throughout the body, including the face, are reduced. The face, with its delicate balance of fat and skin elasticity, can show these changes more visibly than other parts of the body. Additionally, the rate of weight loss can impact how these changes manifest. Rapid weight loss can leave the skin with less time to adjust, exacerbating sagging and volume loss.

Treatment Options for Ozempic Face

Addressing the aesthetic concerns associated with Ozempic face involves a combination of non-surgical and surgical approaches. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the changes and the patient’s preferences. Here are some common options:

Non-Surgical Treatments

  • Dermal Fillers: One of the most effective non-surgical treatments for restoring facial volume is the use of dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as Maili, Juvederm or Restylane, can be injected into areas that have lost volume. These fillers provide immediate results, smoothing out wrinkles and restoring a more youthful appearance.
  • Sculptra: Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) is another injectable treatment that works by stimulating the body's collagen production. Unlike traditional fillers, Sculptra provides gradual and long-lasting results by encouraging the skin to rebuild its own natural support structure.
  • Botox: While Botox (botulinum toxin) does not restore volume, it can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and forehead. It works by temporarily relaxing the underlying muscles, leading to smoother skin.
  • Microneedling and Radiofrequency: These treatments can improve skin texture and firmness. Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin, stimulating collagen production, while radiofrequency treatments use heat to tighten the skin and promote collagen growth. Morpheus8 is often used for skin tightening and treatment of jowls.
  • Thread Lifts: Thread lifts involve the use of dissolvable sutures to lift and tighten sagging skin. This minimally invasive procedure can provide a subtle lift, particularly in the mid-face and jawline. The most commonly used threads in the UK are PDO threads or Silhouette threads.

Surgical Treatments

  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy): For more severe cases of sagging and volume loss, a facelift can provide dramatic and long-lasting results. This surgical procedure involves removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissues, and repositioning the remaining skin to create a more youthful contour.
  • Fat Grafting: Also known as fat transfer, this procedure involves harvesting fat from another part of the body (such as the abdomen or thighs) and injecting it into areas of the face that have lost volume. Fat grafting provides a natural and long-lasting solution to facial volume loss.
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): If the changes primarily affect the area around the eyes, blepharoplasty can be performed to remove excess skin and fat, creating a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

Combining Treatments

Often, a combination of treatments yields the best results. For example, a patient might benefit from dermal fillers to restore volume, Botox to smooth wrinkles, and microneedling to improve skin texture. Our team will offer a tailored approach, taking into account the individual's specific concerns and goals, is essential for achieving the desired outcome.

Preventive Measures

While treating Ozempic face is possible, taking preventive measures during weight loss can help mitigate some of the changes. These include:

  • Gradual Weight Loss: Aim for a slow and steady weight loss to give the skin time to adjust. Rapid weight loss is more likely to result in sagging and volume loss.
  • Skincare Regimen: Maintaining a good skincare routine can help support skin health. Using products that promote collagen production, such as retinoids and vitamin C serums, can be beneficial. Our team of therapists will provide you with advice about a bespoke skincare regime to suit your skin.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and healthy fats can support skin elasticity and overall health.
  • Sun Protection: Protecting the skin from sun damage is crucial. Use sunscreen daily and wear protective clothing to prevent premature aging caused by UV exposure.


Ozempic face is a term that encapsulates the aesthetic changes in the face following significant weight loss, particularly through the use of medications like Ozempic. While these changes can be concerning, a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments are available to restore facial volume and rejuvenate the appearance. A tailored approach, considering the individual's unique needs and goals, is essential for achieving the best results. By understanding the phenomenon and exploring the treatment options, individuals can make informed decisions about managing their appearance during and after weight loss. Our team at CLNQ Manchester and Cheshire are on hand to help guide you through your weight loss journey and any changes that result from the Ozempic face to sagging skin of the tummy requiring a tummy tuck.

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