Our exclusive The WaveLift™ is the ideal treatment for ‘Ozempic Face’


In recent years, the battle against obesity has seen a powerful ally emerge in the form of Ozempic (semaglutide). Originally designed to manage type 2 diabetes, this once-weekly injectable medication has garnered widespread attention for its impressive weight loss benefits; suppressing the appetite and slowing the rate at which the stomach empties, which helps people feel full for longer and resist cravings. Many doctors now consider it a frontline option for patients struggling with obesity, particularly those with concurrent type 2 diabetes; and the conversation around obesity has also shifted, recognising it as a complex, chronic disease that often requires medical intervention rather than lifestyle changes alone. Ozempic seems almost too good to be true; but there is a significant drawback: the phenomenon of so-called ‘Ozempic face’.

Ozempic face refers to the ageing effects caused by drastic weight loss on the face, resulting in a hollowed out, gaunt and sagging appearance. The primary reason for Ozempic face is the loss of subcutaneous fat. This layer of fat beneath the skin gives the face its youthful, plump look; and when people lose weight quickly, they often lose fat from their face, resulting in a more skeletal, aged appearance. However, it is the weight loss, rather than Ozempic itself, that causes these changes in facial appearance. Ozempic does not specifically target facial fat loss, nor is Ozempic face (sunken eyes, prominent jowls and a sagging jawline) something that happens to everyone who experiences rapid weight loss.

Factors contributing to Ozempic face include:

  • Rapid weight loss: significant and fast weight reduction can cause the skin to lose elasticity, leading to sagging.
  • Age: older individuals naturally lose facial fat and skin elasticity over time, so weight loss can exacerbate this process.
  • Lifestyle factors: poor hydration, inadequate nutrition, and lack of skincare can worsen the effects of facial fat loss.

How to treat Ozempic face

While Ozempic face can be distressing, there are several non-surgical aesthetic approaches to diminish or even reverse its effects. These treatments range from non-invasive skincare routines to more advanced procedures – all of which are available at The Clinic Holland Park, West London.

  1. Skincare and hydration

Maintaining a good skincare routine can help improve the appearance of the skin. Using moisturisers, serums with hyaluronic acid, and other hydrating products can make the skin look more supple and reduce the appearance of fine lines. High-factor sun protection is a crucial component of everyday skincare too. Our aesthetic practitioners are all highly knowledgeable about skincare, and we offer medical-grade skincare and expert dermatological guidance here at The Clinic Holland Park, West London.

  1. Balanced diet and hydration

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats is crucial. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish, nuts and seeds) promote skin health. Additionally, drinking plenty of water keeps the skin hydrated and can improve its overall appearance. Our Nutritionist, Yvonne Wake, is here to help with all lifestyle and dietary matters.

  1. Non-surgical aesthetic injectables

Dermal fillers are a popular and effective treatment for restoring lost volume in the face. In particular, hyaluronic acid fillers can plump up the skin, smooth out wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance. At The Clinic Holland Park, West London, we offer a range of injectables – dermal fillers such as Sculptra, Ameela® polynucleotides, Profhilo – that can address issues related to Ozempic face.

  1. PDO threads

PDO threads involve the use of suture-like threads to tighten and lift the skin, particularly in areas where it may have sagged (like the brow, mid face and jawline). As this procedure is not surgical, there is minimal recovery time, which makes PDO threads an attractive alternative to the surgical facelift. PDO thread lifts are available at The Clinic Holland Park, West London.

  1. Non-surgical skin-tightening treatments

Non-invasive skin-tightening treatments like microneedling, radiofrequency, ultrasound, and laser therapies can help stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Premium among these is The WaveLift™, exclusive to The Clinic Holland Park, West London, which combines the brilliant lifting and skin-tightening effects of Sofwave™ with the regenerative powers of Ameela® polynucleotide injectables, offering long-lasting results with minimal downtime. Ameela® is extremely effective at rejuvenating the entire face and neck area and is especially effective in treating the under-eye area. Sofwave™ uses ultrasound to bypass the skin’s outer epidural layer and deliver heatwaves to the dermis, 1.5 mm below the surface. This heat causes micro-damage that triggers the body’s healing response: replenishing collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid within that layer. The result is lifted skin texture, diminished lines and wrinkles, plus a youthful glow in the skin – much enhanced by the immediate plumping effects of Ameela®. Most patients see the difference within 3-6 months, with optimal results coming in around 6-8 months later. For best results, one or two initial WaveLift™ treatments are recommended in the first year, with one maintenance treatment every following year.

By understanding the causes and available treatments for Ozempic face, people can take proactive steps to maintain their health and appearance, ensuring that their journey towards better health does not compromise their self-confidence. Come and talk to us at The Clinic Holland Park, West London. We can help you find the best approach to restore a youthful and vibrant appearance.

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