Dealing with Saggy Skin

November 12, 2012

Dealing with Saggy Skin

Saggy skin is mainly a symptom of older skin but can affect those with a poor diet prematurely.

The most common cause of saggy skin is the loss of collagen and elastin that occurs during the natural aging process. Facial

muscles may also weaken with age, which also contributes to the development of loose skin.

Too much sun is a well-known cause of skin damage, it will increase the effects of aging, reduce skin elasticity and breakdown of collagen – all of which contribute to an increased number of wrinkles and saggy looking skin.

Individuals who have lost a large amount of weight in a short time may also be left with large amounts of saggy skin.

How can I get rid of my saggy skin?

There are a number of effective methods of dealing with the unsightly problem of saggy skin.

Time

If your saggy looking skin is the result of weight loss or childbirth then it will take time to heal and bounce back – but it will especially if, while you are waiting, you take other steps to aid the process of toning your skin.

Keep active

Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health, but it is also good for your skin. Exercising helps prevent weight gain – which may cause your skin to stretch even more than it has already. A good exercise program will also prevent fat from building up in your body, improve your muscle function and tone your skin.

Moisturize

Keeping skin properly moisturised is essential to keep it in good shape as well looking great. Choosing a Vitamin E moisturiser will provide your skin with essential nutrients as well as keeping it hydrated and maintaining its’ elasticity. You should also look for a moisturiser that includes Vitamins A and C; as well as alpha or beta hydroxyl acid, which may cause visible tightening. Drinking plenty of water is also key to keeping skin supple and hydrated.

Be patient

Constantly looking and checking your saggy skin areas will only lead to disappointment and discouragement – it will take time for any improvement in your skin elasticity to be noticeable, so, don’t spend all day every day looking in the mirror!

Last resort

Individuals with excessive amounts of saggy looking skin, which will not disappear, despite sustained effort, may need, as a last resort, seek the advice of their medical practitioner who will discuss any medical or surgical options there are for treatment of the unsightly skin.

Other non-invasive solutions

  • Laser resurfacing treatments are used for the treatment of sagging skin as well as other skin disorders.

  • Infrared and radiofrequency treatments restructure the damaged collagen, tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles with the use of heat.

  • Collagen fillers – various types of collagen fillers may be injected under the skin in order to tighten and fill it. Collagen treatment may last for as long as two or three years depending on which filler is used.

Surgical removal

If all else fails it may be necessary to have excess skin removed surgically.

A facelift is often undertaken to tighten and smooth the saggy looking facial skin.

Individuals who have undergone rapid weight loss may choose to have excess skin removed surgically – this may mean more than one procedure with recovery times of several months between each surgery.

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