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What Causes Saggy Skin

Posted January 6, 2021
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There are many different changes that occur inside of our bodies as we go through our daily lives. Some of these changes often appear in the form of cosmetic issues that become more prominent over the course of time. For many people, the appearance of saggy skin is one such issue that may arise. And unfortunately, it’s a problem that can’t be easily rectified with over the counter treatments. In order to properly fight back against the formation of saggy skin, it’s important to understand the factors that cause it.

The Causes of Saggy Skin

There is a myriad of factors that can contribute to the formation of saggy facial skin. In general, saggy skin is associated with the loss of fat in the area exhibiting a saggy appearance. For many people, losing a lot of weight quickly can cause saggy skin to form.

In addition to the loss of fat, the natural aging process is also a large factor in the formation of saggy skin. As we get older, our bodies begin to produce less collagen and elastin, two essential components to having beautiful and resilient skin. The deterioration of these components will result in the loss of the skin’s ability to bounce back after contracting. The skin will eventually become weaker and thinner, giving rise to wrinkles, saggy skin, and other signs of aging.

External factors such as exposure to UV rays, pollutants in the environment, and certain lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol in excess can further deteriorate the production of collagen and elastin and accelerate these adverse changes to the look and feel of the skin.

Lifestyle Habits to Prevent Sagging Skin

There are a number of steps that you can take to help reduce the onset of saggy skin. The following steps can help you retain a more youthful appearance:

  • Consume plenty of antioxidants and healthy fats
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Reduce your alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Moisturize daily and remember to use sunscreen
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Try to reduce stress
  • Commit to a regular workout routine

Treating Saggy Skin

While the steps listed are excellent ways to improve the look and feel of your skin, there’s only so much that you can do to rectify skin that is already showing prominent signs of sagging. With a little extra help from a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Babar Sultan MD, FACS, however, you can finally say goodbye to that unsightly saggy appearance.

There are plenty of treatments available to fight back the signs of aging to rejuvenate the look and feel of the skin. Nonsurgical options include applying heat energy to the skin with innovative radiofrequency procedures such as Morpheus 8 and Facetite. For those who are experiencing a more severe degree of skin sagging, there are also facial plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, browlift, and blepharoplasty(eyelid surgery), to help restore one’s youthful appearance.

These procedures are customized to fit the needs of each individual and are designed to help eliminate skin sagging, safely.

Contact Our Office

If you’re interested in learning more about the causes of skin sagging and the treatments available to fight it, contact Sultan Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Sultan will happily guide you to the right cosmetic services for your particular needs.

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