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OK, I was on day 13 of my pre-op diet when surgeon and I realized that since medical records were delayed in getting to them..and based on him having some time off and me having some days that would not work based on my job, that my surgery date was sliding back towards end of July.

So, I get a 'double helping' of pre-op dieting. Pre-op diet based on new date started yesterday so by the time it is all said and done I will have done pre-op 'dieting' for...33+ days! LOL. I realize the pre-op diet is much like what initial post-op diet will be.

I was looking in mirror the other night and freaked out as my forehead decided to suddenly have new lines out of nowhere! I just stood there staring and wondering what the heck happened!! Then the only thing that comes to mind that would explain an almost..what felt like 'overnight' appearance of these new wrinkles..that I had lost an additional 12 lbs in my 13 days (I didn't weigh on last 2 days of pre-op diet). It dawned on me....that it seems I am losing the 'slight padding' I had under my forehead maybe? I know before pre-op diet, I had 1 faint line across forehead.

I actually shuddered inside as I know that if this is what happens based on pre-op diet...then within the next 6 months...they only thing I may see on my face is a BUNCH of wrinkles. I think I will look like a Shar Pai. Am at the age where my skin does not have the padding, etc. that estrogen helps to provide. ANOTHER reason I wished I had made this decision a decade ago - better to do when your skin retains some chance of more 'elasticity'. My elastic is 'gone'..LOL

I went running to my 'lotions and potions' and have at least ensured my face is hydrated (also drinking tons of Water anyways) and moisturized..and protected from the sun. It did help with some of the deeper 'crevices' that suddenly could be seen.

I know this sounds so vain....but my best friend always used to fuss at me...even before I was morbidly obese that I 'never had wrinkles'. Before I knew that 'my excess weight was the reason that as I aged..that the wrinkles were not showing up....they were 'buried' under fat.

Sigh...this and the Hair loss are 2 things that I know will continue to occur (I already have been going thru hair thinning issues..and I am not expecting to be one of the lucky ones who do not experience more hair loss with WLS.

Can do hair pieces, wigs, etc. for hair....but no wigs for my ongoing 'wrinkly face'...lol.

Anyone else be...prepared for wrinkles to show up...but were astonished by how rapidly and/or how many?

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Oh gosh! The one thing I worried about, wrinkles! My full face before surgery looked pretty good, but now, not so much. I notice mostly around my mouth and cheek area. Also my neck. I'm considering Botox because it is a good preventive for wrinkles, placed in the proper spot, it can also reduce wrinkles somewhat. I'm 60, so I figured I'd have wrinkles when I lost weight, just wasn't expecting so many. However, I'll take the wrinkles over being morbidly obese.

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57 minutes ago, Deemar007 said:

However, I'll take the wrinkles over being morbidly obese.

Amen! I totally agree...but I think I wasn't prepared for...just how many. Heck, I haven't even started in on the 'after WLS weight drop'...well, at least it is something I can continue to be ready for. It still doesn't change my mind one little bit. Most of the ones that will show up will be ones I would have likely gotten and already have been noticeable if I hadn't been morbidly obese.. ;)

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#botoxwillhelp

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2 hours ago, KarenLR75 said:

OK, I was on day 13 of my pre-op diet when surgeon and I realized that since medical records were delayed in getting to them..and based on him having some time off and me having some days that would not work based on my job, that my surgery date was sliding back towards end of July.

So, I get a 'double helping' of pre-op dieting. Pre-op diet based on new date started yesterday so by the time it is all said and done I will have done pre-op 'dieting' for...33+ days! LOL. I realize the pre-op diet is much like what initial post-op diet will be.

I was looking in mirror the other night and freaked out as my forehead decided to suddenly have new lines out of nowhere! I just stood there staring and wondering what the heck happened!! Then the only thing that comes to mind that would explain an almost..what felt like 'overnight' appearance of these new wrinkles..that I had lost an additional 12 lbs in my 13 days (I didn't weigh on last 2 days of pre-op diet). It dawned on me....that it seems I am losing the 'slight padding' I had under my forehead maybe? I know before pre-op diet, I had 1 faint line across forehead.

I actually shuddered inside as I know that if this is what happens based on pre-op diet...then within the next 6 months...they only thing I may see on my face is a BUNCH of wrinkles. I think I will look like a Shar Pai. Am at the age where my skin does not have the padding, etc. that estrogen helps to provide. ANOTHER reason I wished I had made this decision a decade ago - better to do when your skin retains some chance of more 'elasticity'. My elastic is 'gone'..LOL

I went running to my 'lotions and potions' and have at least ensured my face is hydrated (also drinking tons of Water anyways) and moisturized..and protected from the sun. It did help with some of the deeper 'crevices' that suddenly could be seen.

I know this sounds so vain....but my best friend always used to fuss at me...even before I was morbidly obese that I 'never had wrinkles'. Before I knew that 'my excess weight was the reason that as I aged..that the wrinkles were not showing up....they were 'buried' under fat.

Sigh...this and the Hair loss are 2 things that I know will continue to occur (I already have been going thru hair thinning issues..and I am not expecting to be one of the lucky ones who do not experience more Hair loss with WLS.

Can do hair pieces, wigs, etc. for hair....but no wigs for my ongoing 'wrinkly face'...lol.

Anyone else be...prepared for wrinkles to show up...but were astonished by how rapidly and/or how many?

Not sure how old you are, I was 45 day of surgery. 50 today.

I lost weight in my face before anywhere else on my body. My face was fuller with less wrinkles,obese, and double chin(s). After 100+ pounds lost, I was more than happy to get rid of the chins. I have cheek bones and collar bones. No cream was going to change my age. Bought new make up for a new face.

I rock my old fart self. If you look at the before and after’s thread. Notice how most people look younger with weight loss.

https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/297668-i-want-to-see-before-after-pics-contd/

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Try looking at a few celebrities who has WLS. It looks like they have aged etc. Try looking at Rosanne Bar and Drew Carey.

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My worst is the turkey neck. I wish there was an easy, affordable, painless fix

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My face has gotten wrinklier. BUT - I found that it goes in phases. One day I looked in the mirror an saw MASSIVE turkey wattle neck. Like serious lose skin there. About a month later, it was gone. It takes my skin some time to catch up to the weight loss - so I might see more wrinkles one month and fewer the next.

I have no idea if any of this helps, but I was my face an neck day and night using a Clairisonic brush. In the AM, I then use a lifting serum, then SPF moisturizer. At night, I use a tone repair serum, then a night moisturizer (all stuff you can get at the drugstore. So far, I do have some more wrinkles, but nothing that anyone (other than me) would notice.

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16 hours ago, Krestel said:

Try looking at a few celebrities who has WLS. It looks like they have aged etc. Try looking at Rosanne Bar and Drew Carey.

Rosanne bar is 66 years old. Drew carey is 61. The look their age to me.

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I guess the only option for weight loss wrinkles would be staying obese or have plastics.

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22 hours ago, Healthy_life2 said:

Not sure how old you are, I was 45 day of surgery. 50 today.

I lost weight in my face before anywhere else on my body. My face was fuller with less wrinkles,obese, and double chin(s). After 100+ pounds lost, I was more than happy to get rid of the chins. I have cheek bones and collar bones. No cream was going to change my age. Bought new make up for a new face.

I rock my old fart self. If you look at the before and after’s thread. Notice how most people look younger with weight loss.

Happy belated birthday! I am 50. I'm looking very forward to getting rid of the "chins" for sure! I've been using face creams, etc. for years to help combat some slight sun damage. I also have to be very diligent on sunscreen since I had a malignant melanoma diagnosis last year (early stage, malignant mole removed..but melanoma is sneaky). I know sun damage can add to the age of your skin's appearance so I will continue to apply the things that I have found that help my skin look better, especially in the 'tone' of my skin.

I knew going into this what I'd be getting into in terms of my face and yes...my chest. I was just surprised that I could see such a loss of 'fat/padding' when I haven't yet had surgery..lol.

Whether I have craters on my face, a turkey wobble, and a chest that deflates...is not going to stop me as I know I've only 'hidden' what would have been seen if I was not morbidly obese. The world can think what it will think. I'm too old to worry overly much about some of these things but I'd be lying if I said there was no vanity involved whatsoever...or just...some light regret about the excess skin, etc. and wondering how hubby will feel about the changes but in no way will I let that deter me from doing something to help me keep living no matter what I end up looking like (and I believe that most changes will be extremely positive).

I love the pics you linked to. She looks great!!

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I have people tell me often that I look younger after losing 115 lbs but I think I look older. Either way, I look and feel so much healthier that it’s worth it. And I’m a size 8, which is crazy to me!

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14 hours ago, Healthy_life2 said:

Rosanne bar is 66 years old. Drew carey is 61. The look their age to me.

True that. Bad examples then. Sorry. Gosh I feel horrible.

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