Loose, sagging skin can be frustrating and can have a great impact on self-esteem. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and fails to return back into place when stretched. The loose skin can cause wrinkles and fine lines to appear on your skin. All of this happens due to the slow production of collagen and elastin – the substances responsible for maintaining the plumpness of the skin. At Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, we have several treatment options available for treating sagging skin problems.
What Are The Causes Of Sagging Skin?
While the most common causes of sagging facial skin is the loss of collagen and elastin as occurs with ageing, there are several other factors that are likely responsive for making your skin appear droopy. With long-term exposure to the sun, your skin begins to stretch, sag and look dry, leathery and mottled. Smoking and consumption of alcohol can trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin, contributing to premature wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Stocking up on sugar and starchy foods may accelerate the ageing process and make facial skin more susceptible for sagging and wrinkling.
Treatments For Sagging Skin:
It is important to understand that the only effective solution for severely sagging skin is surgery. Milder and earlier signs of sagging skin can be treated using the following methods.
RF Micro Needling:
RF Micro-needling is a minimal invasive procedure that involves delivering Radiofrequency Energy through a small needle into the dermis. This triggers the body to produce more collagen and elastin which in turn improves the firmness and texture of the skin.
CO2 Laser Treatment:
CO2 laser resurfacing treatment causes microchannels of damage to the skin which then repairs itself. During the repairing phase, production of collagen and elastin is increased allowing for the skin to tighten.
Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume of the skin and help lift some parts of the skin back up. The works well around the cheeks and jawline.
Such injections can be used to relax muscles that otherwise pull the skin in an unwanted direction causing a sagging appearance. A prime example of this is the use of muscle relaxant injections around the neck (Nefertiti lift).
Effective Skin Creams:
Firming creams such as retinoids can make fine lines and wrinkles appear less noticeable. They can increase the production of collagen that helps tissues maintaining the elasticity and preventing loose skin.
If you would like to keep sagging skin problems at bay, start preventative measures early. We welcome you to call (03) 8595 4288 and schedule an appointment with our registered nurse or dermal therapist at Melbourne Skin & Dermatology.
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