I am hypothyroidal. Will my sagging facial skin and jowls reform when my thyroid is treated? (photos)
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Thyroid function and skin.
Thank you for your question. As your thyroid hormone levels are normalized your skin quality may improve with time. Have you lost weight recently? Weight loss can affect fat distribution in the face and lead to the appearance of skin laxity. If with time you do not see improvement, there are so many helpful options to tighten your skin and regain your volume loss. Sculptra is a great option to re-volumize, this helps to encourage your own collagen to be produced and can help replace volume loss in cheeks and folds. Tightening procedures such as the Ulthera is a great way to tighten skin without any surgery. See a qualified dermatologist to guide you. Best, Dr. P.
Thyroid and neck appearance
Will loose skin improve after hypothyroidism is treated?
Of course, the primary goal will be to correct your hypothyroidism with appropriate thyroid therapy and follow-up visits and blood tests by your physician or endocrinologist. See what happens to your skin. If I'm wrong, then good for you. If not, then you have numerous options, which will have become necessary anyway as you continue to mature (nice way of saying grow older).
If plastic surgery is on your roadmap, take the time to see one or more ABPS-certified plastic surgeons (ASAPS members) with experience in facelift/necklift surgery. At least then you can make an informed choice to proceed with looking like you want to and now feel like, or to accept the changes you see and take a vacation instead! Either way, it's better than feeling sad. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
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