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‘Ozempic face’: Weight loss can lead to skin changes – WKRC TV Cincinnati

Apr 18th, 2023

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A newer injectable medication thats helping people lose weight also has many wishing for a fuller face.

'Ozempic face': Weight loss can lead to skin changes (WKRC, Amber Mehle)

The side effect is called Ozempic face -- but any weight loss can lead to skin drooping and other changes.

I was just noticing my cheeks weren't as full. I just had more kind of just jowls sagging, said Amber Mehle, who has lost more than 30 pounds taking the FDA-approved generic version of Ozempic.

Mehle decided to have her cheeks filled back in after her weight loss using semaglutide, a drug injected once a week.

Diabetics were losing weight on this medication, so they rebranded it as Wegovy brand name. Semaglutide, is actually the generic brand of that drug, said Santrina Fletcher, a nurse practitioner at Dermalounge in Northern Kentucky.

She provides the drug to patients, along with regular nutrition visits and fitness plans.

To qualify for a prescription, Fletcher says candidates need to be diagnosed as obese.

The drug works by gradually decreasing your appetite.

Your intestines slow down, and you feel fuller faster, so you are not eating as much food, said Fletcher.

As Mehle found out, sagging in the face can happen right away, which is why she opted for filler.

She says regardless of this side effect, the drug is still worth it and works well.

"I still want to lose a little bit more, just to get more in that healthy weight range, but I'm really pleased with the results so far, she said.

The cost of this weight management program is not insurance-based, so it can range from about $1,000 to $4,000.

But at a doctors office, the drug may be covered under your insurance plan.

Doctors also warn patients about whats called Ozempic rebound." As studies show, so far, many people who have stopped taking the drug regained the weight.

'Ozempic face': Weight loss can lead to skin changes - WKRC TV Cincinnati

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