Loose skin or sagging skin, the culprit behind jowls, hooded eyelids and general droopiness, is most commonly the result of aging. As we grow older the skin loses the supporting material, collagen and elastin, that keeps your skin looking firm, full and youthful. Factor in the loss of muscle mass as well as the force of gravity moving the skin downward, and you end up with sagging skin almost anywhere on the body.
Sun damage is another big reason for the loss of elasticity in the skin. The sun’s ultraviolet light breaks down elastin and collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, increasing the effects of aging (‘photo-aging’). The sun also contributes to the thickening of the surface of the epidermis which can result in the “alligator skin” wrinkles.
Weight loss can also cause loose skin. If large amounts of weight have been lost, sagging skin becomes even more of an issue.
There are several ways to tighten sagging skin – and without resorting to surgery. At Lougheed Laser we have different treatments depending on your needs: Soft Lift, which combines both Botox® and dermal fillers, provides an instant ‘lift’ to the face, taking years off your appearance by restoring lost fullness, enhancing contours and smoothing wrinkles. Skin Tightening with the Titan laser tightens skin on different areas of the body by stimulating collagen production deep in the dermis. It continues to tighten sagging skin several months after the treatment.
Would you like to learn more about loose skin? Contact us – we would be happy to answer any of your questions, or book a consultation with one of our doctors.