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Q: True or false: Repeatedly losing and gaining five or 10 pounds leads to jowls and overall facial droopiness.
A: As if repeatedly losing and gaining weight weren't hard enough! You don't have to further punish yourself with the idea that you're ruining your face. Although large fluctuations in weight are unhealthy, there's not enough stored fat in your face to cause stretched skin that would sag after a gain or loss of five or 10 pounds, says Lance H. Brown, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. There is, however, enough stored fat in the area between your chin and your neck, so if your weight fluctuates a lot, you might see sagging there...and on your abdomen, arms, breasts, and bottom.
Bottom line: False.
From the February 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine