Your Fanny or Your Face?

Catherine Deneuve is famously quoted as having said, “After a certain age, a woman has to choose between her fanny and her face.” She could not have been more insightful.

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Catherine Deneuve is famously quoted as having said, “After a certain age, a woman has to choose between her fanny and her face.” She could not have been more insightful. 

As we age, we pick up fat in all those annoying areas: the tummy, the thighs, hips, buttocks and the jowls. Yet at the same time, we lose vital fat that “tents up” our facial structure, helping maintain a youthful fullness.

Having wholeheartedly jumped into Dr. Oz’s Move It and Lose It initiative, I am left to wonder, will I too have to choose between looking great from the neck down and 10 years older from the neck up?

At this time last year, I carried 138 pounds around on my petite 5’1” frame. Almost 20 years earlier, I weighed 116 pounds on my wedding day. Two children and a stress-induced-eating lifestyle took me far from my previously healthy weight. So when Dr. Oz began his Just 10 initiative in 2010, I took it upon myself to try to lose the 22 pounds. It took 6 months to lose 10 of those pounds through diet and a new-found love of Pilates exercise. Perhaps not the fastest weight loss on record, but at least it was an accomplishment! My energy level has gone up, I can fit back into my clothing, and I feel better.

Now with renewed enthusiasm, I’m Moving It and Losing It in 2011. So far, I’ve re-lost 4 pounds I’d “found” over the holidays and am down another 2.  Hooray! My motivation this time? My 20th wedding anniversary is around the corner this June and I want to fit back into my wedding dress. And I want to look youthful in the process.

Being overweight tricked my skin into looking a bit more youthful than it really was. Not that I looked fabulous with the added pounds, just a more youthful “plump.”

After losing the initial 10 pounds I can honestly report that the fat I’d lost in my cheeks and under my eyes was subtly beginning to reveal my age. And I just won’t have it!

Perplexed, I’m looking for a solution.

My approach is going to be both HOW I lose the weight and WHAT I am going to do to specifically target the changes that the loss of the facial fat pads have led to for me.

For my body, it’s all about targeting and toning certain areas to lift, tighten and maybe even be able to keep a few “healthy” pounds that also lend themselves to a softening of my face. Pilates helps to stretch and lengthen my limbs while really working to whittle down my abs and sculpt my obliques to restore my waistline. Right now I’m looking to reduce my overall fat percentage, understanding that I’m building some muscle that may weigh a bit more - but also keep my metabolism up. 

For my face, I’m definitely keeping close tabs on my four Zones of Aging, paying extra attention to using treatments that will keep my outer skin layers, the epidermis and dermis, as healthy and youthful-appearing as possible. Will a procedure be in my future once I’ve lost the weight? Perhaps; I’ll certainly keep my options open. But for now, I am keeping track of my “stats” and will work to Move It and Lose It in order to zip myself back into my wedding dress, a goal I intend to achieve this year. 

In 2011, I choose both my fanny and my face!

 

Blog written by Audrey Kunin, MD
Dr. Audrey Kunin is a board-certified dermatologist, author, clinician, educator and President of DERMAdoctor, Inc. Dr. Kunin...