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What is ‘Ozempic face’? The side effect of weight loss sweeping Hollywood

There’s a new trend in Hollywood showing the downsides of weight loss treatments.

A side effect of a popular injectable intended for type 2 diabetes patients is leaving celebrities with what is being dubbed “Ozempic Face.”

Saggy skin, thin cheeks and sunken eyes are now common features among users of the drug semaglutide, better known by its brand name Ozempic.

“The Ozempic face has essentially the same features that we see when patients have rapid or regular weight loss,” Dr. Smita Ramanadham, a plastic surgeon in New Jersey, told the paper. Daily email.

“We see a loss of volume in the face, and as we lose fat in the face, we see signs such as the cheeks being more sunken, more sagging skin and a general hollowing out of the facial features.”

Semaglutide ensures that the pancreas releases sufficient insulin when blood sugar levels are high. That is why it is prescribed to diabetics.

It also makes people feel fuller and slows stomach emptying, meaning they can consume fewer calories Medical news today notes.

Its remarkable fat-burning ability inevitably made it a craze among the LA elite, leading to speculation about who has succumbed to its allure.

As a result, a panel of surgeons recently examined photos of fifteen stars who have lost significant weight in recent months.

They concluded that at least half may now be suffering from “Ozempic face”.

John Goodman in 2023 (left) and in 2001 (right)Getty Images

Looking at actor John Goodman, 71, who has lost almost 90.7kg since 2007, Ramanadham told the Daily email: “You see more lines, more wrinkles and more emptiness in his face as he loses weight, compared to when he was heavier and his face was fuller.

“These changes are just very typical of overall weight loss, regardless of whether weight loss medications have been used.”

It’s worth highlighting that Goodman has denied taking Ozempic, instead crediting diet, exercise and giving up booze for his transformation.

Robbie Williams, Sharone Osborne, Jessica Simpson and Scott Disick also made the list, with the experts naming Osborne as the most “dramatic” example of the emaciated facial condition.

“Her eyes look more sunken, her cheeks are more hollow,” Ramanadham noted.

“There is also a significant loss of facial volume, and there are more wrinkles that come with it.”

From left: Jessica Simpson; Sharon Osborne and Scott Disick have all experienced massive weight loss(jessicasimpson/Instagram/Getty Images/letthelordbewithyou/Instagram)

Ozempic facial is just one of many side effects associated with the drug, which has seen 9 million prescriptions written in the last three months of 2022, according to the Daily email.

Other possible complications include nausea, constipation, fatigue and abdominal pain, and in some cases people have reported vision problems, gallbladder disease and an increased risk of thyroid cancer.

All of this is proof of one thing: there is no such thing as a “magic drug” and all weight loss must be done in a measured and careful manner.

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