No choice between fanny and face when you can inject your fanny into your face

January 27, 2011

No choice between fanny and face when you can inject your fanny into your face
No choice between fanny and face when you can inject your fanny into your face

It was Catherine Deneuve who said, “After a certain age, you have to choose between your fanny and your face.” In a December 2010 Women’s Health survey, 60% of those polled chose a slim body over a younger-looking face. But when Kathy Gifford gave these survey results to dermatologist, Francesca Fusco; and nutritionist, Keri Glassman; guests on the December 7, 2010 “Today” show, these slender women professed to choose face over fanny.

In the choice between fanny and face all women are not created equal. Facial type is a factor; full-faced women can carry more weight than women with angular faces. For example, it’s hard to imagine Reese Witherspoon looking haggard.

“To keep those fat compartments looking as if they're positioned beneath the skin of a twenty-something, you need to maintain about 15% body fat,” says Doris Day, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. “Women with naturally fuller faces have more leeway because they have more fat in each compartment. On the flip side, women with thin, angular faces may need 20% to 25% body fat to keep a youthful face.”

Ultimately, the Today show discussion demonstrated that it is no longer necessary for Deneuve to carry extra weight to preserve her beauty. We now have a choiceof noninvasive aesthetic techniques for combating the aging face, such as Botox for dynamic lines and fillers like Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra, which add plumpness using hyaluronic acid and synthetic substances to fill wrinkles, adding volume to cheeks, temples and other facial areas. Plastic surgeons can also harvest your own fat to inject into your face in an about face that can be described as injecting the fanny into the face.

Many patients also love Fraxel for smoothing out fine lines and diminishing brown spots. An American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery press release describes Fraxel, or fractional resurfacing technology, as a new ablative technology in which only a fraction of the skin receives laser light. The laser delivers microscopic closely-spaced laser spots while simultaneously preserving normal healthy skin between the laser spots. Preservation of healthy skin results in rapid healing and the same improvements as obtained with ablative lasers, but without associated side effects or downtime.

Also recommended are topical creams to combat under eye creping, products with light-diffusing properties and retinol, the gold standard for fading brown spots and stimulating collagen production.

Glassman claims that diet is as important for your skin as for your tush, making a case against processed foods and recommending vitamins A, C, E and fish oils. No matter which expert you speak with, all would agree that one of the smartest things you can do for your face is to maintain a consistent weight. Yo-yo dieting is brutal, stretching your face like a rubber band over and over again.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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