“Ozempic Face” & “Ozempic Butt”: Are these popular weight loss drugs ageing you?

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    What is Ozempic?

    Ozempic, a well known weight loss drug, is gaining popularity in Australia. However, there are concerns that this medication causes loose or sagging skin, especially in the face and butt. These side effects, known as “Ozempic face” and “Ozempic butt,” have been trending online and on social media. More people are noticing significant impacts on their appearance after taking this medication.

    How does Ozempic work?

    The fast weight loss from Ozempic results in reduced fat tissue, including in the face and butt. This in turn can make the skin in these areas appear hollow and saggy. Ozempic causes fat loss by stimulating insulin release and reducing hunger.

    Although loose skin is most noticeable in the face and butt, this side effect can also affect other areas of the body, such as thighs and breasts. Things like age, diet, smoking, genetics, and collagen levels can influence skin elasticity. Older people and those with poor skin elasticity are more prone to Ozempic face and Ozempic butt. This is because their skin is less able to adjust to the new shape after weight loss.

    Importantly, loose skin is not specific to Ozempic. It can occur with any significant and rapid weight loss. This includes weight loss from bariatric surgery or intense dieting. While sagging skin is generally a cosmetic concern, it may cause discomfort or health problems.

    How to avoid Ozempic Face & Ozempic Butt?

    Avoiding Ozempic Face and Ozempic Butt is best done by losing weight in a slower, sustainable way. You can maintain an active lifestyle, eat and sleep well, and stay hydrated.

    What to do about Ozempic Face and Butt?

    Individual responses to weight loss vary, and loose skin may not always be avoidable. In some cases, cosmetic surgery may be an option to remove excess skin. This is usually done in areas like the stomach, arms, or legs. If you have facial hollowness after Ozempic, we can also use dermal fillers and collagen stimulating injections to restore volume and collagen.

    If you want to lose weight and are considering Ozempic, speak to your local doctor. They can advise you on your suitability, alternative options, and potential side effects.