Maybe youâ€™ve put on a few pounds â€œall in your face.â€ Or maybe youâ€™ve lost weight, but your face hasnâ€™t gotten the memo. Whatâ€™s behind the round cheeks and chubby chin?
â€œGenerally speaking, when we gain or lose weight, we are not increasing or decreasing the number of fat cells, called adipocytes,â€ says Stephen S. Park, M.D., F.A.C.S., president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. â€œInstead, the cells themselves are enlarging or shrinking. That is why some people will report always having a problem area, regardless of weight. They have more fat cells in that area than other people do.â€
Whatâ€™s more, other born-with-them characteristics, such as your bone structure and the size of structures nestled in your face (like your saliva glands), can make a face look fuller, says Park. And while thereâ€™s nothing you can do to change your genetics or spot-reduce fat, there are some ways you can help thin out a ballooning face:
1. Fight Water Retention
â€œExcess alcohol, sugar, and salt intake are all linked to fuller faces,â€ says medical weight-loss expert Sue Decotiis, M.D. They can all cause your bodyâ€™s tissuesâ€”including those in your faceâ€”to hold onto water. Cut down on your consumption of these face-bloaters, and up your intake of water. When you are dehydrated, your body is more apt to retain any water flowing through it.
2. Treat Any Food Intolerances
People with food allergies or intolerances such as gluten sensitivity and irritable bowel syndrome often complain of fuller faces, she says. Bloating is a common symptom that somethingâ€™s not right with your digestive process. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, itâ€™s unclear why IBS (which affects up to 15 percent of U.S. adults) causes bloating, but gas within the gut appears to have nothing to do with it.
3. Your Hormones Are Surging
If your face swells during â€œthat time of the month,â€ you may benefit from talking to your gyno about steadying your hormones. Right before your period strikes, your body experiences a spike in the hormone progesterone, which is to thank for most PMS symptoms, including facial swelling, says Decotiis. If youâ€™re also experiencing hot flashes and your periods are irregular, you may be entering into perimenopause, which leads up to menopause and can last for years.-Women’s Health