A Guide to Restoring Facial Volume After Weight Loss

When you lose weight, especially if it’s a significant amount, fat is reduced not just from your body but also from your face. The most noticeable effects often occur in the mid-face and lower face. You may see a hollowed-out appearance, with loose skin hanging around the jawline and neck. The cheeks can look deflated, and the under-eye area may appear sunken, creating a tired or aged look. The skin, which was previously plumped up by underlying fat, may struggle to snap back into its original taut position and often begins to sag and contribute to an aged look. This is because, as we age, our skin loses collagen and elasticity, and significant weight loss can amplify these natural processes.

Losing a significant amount of weight is a monumental achievement and brings numerous health benefits. However, it can also lead to unexpected changes in your appearance, particularly in the face.

Dr. G. Philip Barnsley

Restoring facial volume after weight loss: we can treat hollowed out eyes, sunken cheeks, and sagging skin around jaw (jowls) using surgical and non-surgical methods.

   Is This Reversible?

While natural fat loss from aging and weight reduction is not reversible through diet and exercise alone, there are several effective ways to restore facial volume and skin tightness.

We often see patients who are concerned about the loss of facial volume that can make them look older than they feel. I’m Dr. Philip Barnsley, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, and today I’ll walk you through the comprehensive treatment options we offer.

Treatment Options for Restoring Facial Volume

At Synergy Medical Aesthetics in Nanaimo, we provide both surgical and non-surgical solutions to restore facial volume and achieve a more youthful appearance after weight loss.

   Injectables and Dermal Fillers

Our skilled injectors can administer dermal fillers to replace lost volume and contour the face. This is an appealing “starter” option that may be enough in some cases. It takes the least amount of time, investment, and produces visible results immediately.

Dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvéderm can plump areas that have lost volume, such as the cheeks, temples, and under-eyes. Made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally within our bodies, fillers hydrate and add youthful fullness. Fillers provide immediate results and can be an excellent option for those seeking quick improvement without downtime. More about dermal fillers >>

Dermal Filler Price
$625-$750 per syringe
Treatment Length
15-60 minutes
How long does it last?
6-12 months

Non-Surgical Treatment Options


FaceTite and AccuTite are minimally invasive procedures, also known as the Non-Surgical Facelift, that use radiofrequency energy to tighten skin and stimulate collagen production. They are particularly effective for areas like the eye area, lower face and neck, providing a noticeable lift and contour without the scars associated with traditional surgery and with minimal downtime. Learn more >>

FaceTite Non-Surgical Facelift

AccuTite Non-Surgical “Blepharoplasty”

FaceTite $4,000 to $6,000
AccuTite $2,000 to $3,200
Treatment Length
20-60 minutes
How long does it last?
One-time procedure with effects lasting several years


This advanced microneedling device also uses radiofrequency to target deeper layers of the skin, promoting remodeling and firming. Morpheus8 is ideal for enhancing skin texture and tightening areas with mild to moderate sagging. Learn more about Morpheus8 >>

Morpheus8 Price
$750 and up
Treatment Length
15-60 minutes
How long does it last?
1 to 3 years

Surgical Solutions

For patients needing a more extensive correction, surgical options provide long-lasting results. As a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, I specialize in procedures that can lift and rejuvenate the face comprehensively. For instance:

A Facelift surgically elevates and tightens the mid-face, lower face, and neck area. It restores a more sculpted, youthful contour to the jawline and neck. A facelift can be tailored to address specific areas of concern and can significantly rejuvenate your overall appearance.

For those with significant sagging or loose skin in the neck area, a Neck Lift procedure can provide a more sculpted, defined jawline and a smoother neck profile.

If you have excess skin or fat around the upper or lower eyelids, Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can help create a more refreshed, alert look by removing the excess tissue and tightening the area. Learn more about eyelid surgery and other eye area rejuvenation options >>

Another option is Fat Transfer. It involves taking fat from an area of the body and injecting it into the face to augment volume in the cheeks, temples, or under-eyes. This replaces depleted facial fat for a smoother look. Fat transfer not only adds volume but also improves skin quality over time, as fat contains stem cells that can help rejuvenate the skin.

Choosing the Right Treatment

At our clinic, we take a customized approach for each patient. Our team of injectors, medical aestheticians, and myself as a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon evaluate your concerns and design a treatment plan. We may use a single modality or combine procedures for optimal results.

We invite you to visit us and explore how we can help you regain a youthful, vibrant appearance that reflects your inner health and vitality. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve the rejuvenated, vibrant look you desire.

About Dr. Philip Barnsley:
A Specialist in Facial Rejuvenation

Dr. G. Philip Barnsley is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with a distinguished career spanning over 15 years, during which he has performed more than 13,500 surgical procedures. His unique qualifications stem from three specialized fellowships in Research, Breast & Aesthetic Surgery, and Hand & Microsurgery, equipping him with a profound expertise in facial and body plastic surgery. Dr. Barnsley’s deep understanding of facial anatomy allows him to achieve consistently excellent results that naturally enhance and rejuvenate. At Synergy Medical Aesthetics in Nanaimo, we integrate the latest in surgical and non-surgical techniques, ensuring optimal outcomes tailored to each patient’s needs.

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Dr. Barnsley is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Barnsley is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Victoria and Nanaimo, BC
Dr. Barnsley is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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Dr. Philip Barnsley, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Victoria, BC, specializes in a variety of plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, facelift, as well as a number of non-surgical medical aesthetic procedures. He serves Lantzville, Nanaimo, Victoria, and other communities throughout Vancouver Island.