Skin Issues: skin laxity
For more information about surgical, minimally-invasive and completely non-invasive treatments for loose or sagging skin, read ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’.
Genetics, sun exposure, and collagen and elastin degeneration cause our skin to sag as we age. The collagen that supports the skin breaks down, and areas that were once taut (e.g. knees, upper arms, stomach) start to look baggy. Collagen loss also makes cellulite more apparent because the skin becomes thinner and less able to conceal the puckers created by the superficial fat and connective tissue just below its surface. There is no topical (e.g. skin cream) remedy.
Deep skin tightening for the body
Deep skin tightening for the body usually targets lax skin on the abdomen, back, arms and thighs. It is best achieved by cosmetic surgery. Patients who do not feel ready for cosmetic surgery have a number of laser, radiofrequency and infrared options for deep skin tightening. Learn more by reading the section on deep skin tightening for the body in the companion book ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth and Hair’.
Skin tightening for the face
Surgical procedures such as facelifts, eyelid skin reduction (blepharoplasty) and brow lifts can elevate and tighten facial skin.
For people with skin laxity around the jawline, a lower facelift offers the most dramatic results. It also requires general anesthesia and weeks of downtime, and leaves scars around the earlobes.
Not everyone feels comfortable with the idea of surgery. With new technology and techniques, it is now possible to lift and tighten the face without surgery. These techniques are minimally invasive, and usually require no significant recovery period. Naturally the results are not as impressive as the results of surgery.
Learn more about facelifts, laser treatments, dermal fillers and more by reading our section on facelift surgery, under ‘Face Therapy’ (page 130 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’).
Sunscreen cannot bring back lost skin elasticity. It can, however, help prevent the UV-induced collagen loss that will make skin look saggier and more dimpled, so wear it whenever you are outdoors, no matter whether the day is cloudy or sunny. (There’s a recipe for home-made sunscreen in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’.)