Do You Have “Runner’s Face?”

  • Posted on: Oct 21 2011
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Melissa Dahl of contacted me the other day to comment on a story she was writing on the “Runner’s Face.”  A plastic surgeon in New Jersey, Dr. Brian Glatt, issued a press release with the following about the “Runner’s Face”:

Runner’s face generally occurs in both men and women ages 40+ who exercise to improve their body, and in doing so end up with a skeletal and bony face. When exercising, an athlete burns off fat beneath the layers of his/her skin. The marked loss of fatty tissue results in a loss of volume which leads to a prominent appearance of the bones, accelerated development of skin laxity and deepening of wrinkles. Though you may look like a 20-year-old from the neck down—your face will easily give away your age.

“Runner’s Face” can occur in anyone who has a very lean face, including avid bikers (Lance Armstrong), tennis players (Ivan Lendl), and people with eating disorders (the late Karen Carpenter).  Maybe “Skinny Face” is a better term for it.

To read the article, click here.

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