What Kind of Health Conditions Could Cause Rapid Volume Loss in the Face?

Say the person in there 20s and the volume loss occurs over less than 2 months. No weightloss, HIV negative, and otherwise feel healthy. The change is so significant that people think the person has lost a substantial amount of weight ( more that 20lb) or is sick. The loss is bilateral and symmetrical all over. It's like an entire layer of subcutaneous tissue vanished. For a male, could sudden low testosterone ( but normal estrogen) cause this? If so, doesn't Higher T cause there to be less fat?

Doctor Answers 3

Rapid Volume Loss in the face

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Rapid volume loss could be caused by a number of factors. Instead of considering fat grafting now to treat a symptom of concern, you should try to address the underlying issue by working with your primary care physician and any other physicians you may be referred to.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Rapid volume loss in the face

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I would suggest a visit to your internist or maybe an endocrinologist to examine your hormone levels. HIV itself doesn't necessarily cause volume loss but the treatments (protease inhibitors specifically) do. I have had patients older in life with autoimmune diseases such as sarcoid present with volume loss in the face and temples. If you are a marathon runner or triathelete this may also influence the amount of fat in your face. Good luck to you!

Giancarlo Zuliani, MD
Rochester Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Health Issues and Facial Volume

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There are many reasons that you could lose facial volume.  Start with a physical and lab work with your primary care physician to determine the cause.  Cosmetic surgery may be needed to repair any damage.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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