It’s true. Skinny women over 40 may have more wrinkles and deep folds on their face than heavier women of the same age. If you want to maintain your trim figure but are dissatisfied with the sagginess of your face, you may be a good candidate for a facelift.

Recently, the UK’s Daily Mail ran a photo of Matthew McConaughey, with the title “Lost 30 pounds, gained 30 years.” McConaughey poses with an extra on the set of his new film, for which he is said to have lost 30 pounds. McConaughey does look older because his face has lost volume.

If you are a relatively heavy person, you have more fat beneath your skin. This fat maintains the volume of your face, and like a facial filler it can fill in the areas where wrinkles would otherwise form.  Studies have shown people with lower BMIs lose volume in their faces, causing hollows and deep folds.

Heavier people may also have more collagen in their skin, which keeps skin tighter and more youthful looking.

Many women and men want to maintain a slimmer figure, but nobody wants more noticeable wrinkles. Prevent wrinkles and skin damage by avoiding extended sun exposure and always wearing sunscreen when exposed. Don’t smoke. Consider facelift surgery to rejuvenate a smoother, more youthful facial appearance.

If you live in Dallas or Fort Worth and want to find out if a facelift is right for you, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vasdev Rai.