What is Ozempic Face? What is the treatment for Ozempic Face?

By: Dr. Jeffrey Hsu


 Recent hot topic has everyone talking about the treatment to having an "Ozempic Face”. The Ozempic Face is characterized by sagging skin and face hollowing, leaving you looking much older and tired. Ozempic is a medication that is commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which works by increasing insulin production and decreasing glucose levels in the blood. Physicians have begun prescribing Ozempic as an off-label drug for weightloss. While Ozempic is an effective medication, in any of Oak Dermatology locations in Naperville, IL, Joliet, IL or Itasca, IL, we have a variety of non-medical treatment options that can be tailored to your condition and lifestyle.


 What is Ozempic Face?

 Ozempic Face is a term used to describe a specific pattern of facial fat loss that can occur in people who take Ozempic. This condition is also known as facial lipoatrophy, and it is characterized by a loss of subcutaneous fat in the face. This can lead to a hollowed-out appearance, with sunken cheeks, a more prominent jawline, and visible bones and tendons.



 What causes Ozempic Face? 

 Aside from rapid weight loss, the exact mechanism behind Ozempic Face is not fully understood, but it is believed that Ozempic works by mimicking the action of a hormone called GLP-1, which regulates insulin production and glucose levels. GLP-1 is also involved in the regulation of fat cells, and it is thought that Ozempic may cause the breakdown of fat cells in the face, leading to facial lipoatrophy.

 What are the symptoms of Ozempic Face?

 The most obvious symptom of Ozempic Face is a loss of subcutaneous fat in the face, resulting in a hollowed-out appearance. This can make the cheeks look sunken, and sagging skin as well as the bones and tendons of the face more visible. In some cases, the eyes may appear sunken or deep-set (tired eyes).

 What is the Ozempic Face treatment at Oak Dermatology?

 There are a variety of treatments that can help to improve the appearance of the face. These include:

  1.  Facial fillers  : Injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid can be used to restore volume to the face, helping to plump up sunken cheeks and smooth out wrinkles and lines.  
  2.  Fat grafting  : This involves taking fat from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs by way of an in-office awake liposuction, and injecting it into the face to restore lost volume. The unique and specialized method of fat grafting used at Oak Dermatology’s Dr. Jeffrey T.S. Hsu, is laser-assisted microfat grafting. You may call us to book a fat transfer consultation with Dr. Hsu to find out more.  
  3.  Lasers : Lasers are used to restore collagen to skin that has lost laxity, hence giving elasticity and firmness back to the skin. When performed in combination with other treatment methods, the result can be astonishing. 

 If you are experiencing Ozempic Face, call us to discuss your options for treatment at one of our locations in Naperville, IL, Joliet, IL or Itasca, IL. While this condition can be distressing, there are treatments available that can help to improve the appearance of the face and restore your confidence.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.