Doctor Wants to Fix the Skeletor 'Runner's Face'

Princess 19 on 10 Oct 2011 at 9:00am

If figuring out how to improve your running time wasn't enough for long distance runners, now there's another worry out there - fixing your "runner's face."  

New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Glatt, recently noted that dedicated runners, ones that train long distance, marathons, etc., tend to develop "Skeletor-like," gaunt hollow faces (derived from the He-Man, Masters of the Universe character).  He calls this the "runner's face."  According to Dr. Glatt, runners usually do not even notice the condition as they are too distracted in their training regimen. 

"Runner’s face generally occurs in both men and women ages 40+ who exercise to improve their body, and in doing so end up with a skeletal and bony face," says Dr. Glatt.  "When exercising, an athlete burns off fat beneath the layers of his/her skin."

"The marked loss of fatty tissue results in a loss of volume which leads to a prominent appearance of the bones, accelerated development of skin laxity and deepening of wrinkles."

If you run, you may end up looking like Skeletor.

So, in the attempt that one makes to become healthier and run more, they will eventually make themselves look older.  Oh, the irony.

Dr. Glatt suggests using injectable fillers such as Botox or Restylane to plump up the wrinkles and hollowed out eyes that come into fruition when one trains for the next New York/Chicago/Boston marathon.

Michigan plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Youn, also put in his two cents:  "One of the signs of facial aging is loss of facial volume. So losing weight or becoming very lean (like many runners are) can cause the face to look older."

"That being said, I've never told someone to stop running so they could look younger," he adds. "That's just silly."

He also pointed out that this goes for ALL serious athletes, not just runners.  So, maybe the term "runner's face" should be changed.  No?

Regardless, Dr. Glatt's final words of wisdom will have any athlete in training running to their doctor's office.

"Though you may look like a 20-year-old from the neck down—your face will easily give away your age."

Hmmm...maybe a little fix could make your finish line picture a bit more attractive?  Although, the look of exhaustion and anguish from all that hard work seems fitting.

What do you think, readers?  Does this REALLY matter?  And while we are at it, doesn't this ring true when you lose the shape of your behind from training (aka "runner's butt")?  Just sayin...

Photo credit:  Flickr by schani and by Discount Ham