Aging affects us all differently. But sagging skin is one of the most common concerns to arise as the years pass. Loose skin not only leads to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, it can obscure your other features to further detract from your appearance. Patients struggling with hooded eyelids, loose skin on the neck, deep furrows around the mouth, jowls, or other sagging skin can find pronounced improvements with nonsurgical skin tightening.
A facelift is fine for some patients, but the majority aren’t interested in taking such a drastic step. And why should you when non-invasive options lead to comparable results? Patients want to look natural, not like they yanked all the skin on their faces up to their hairlines. And with Thermage and Ultherapy, loose skin can be gently retracted to its proper place – without ever going under the knife.
Understanding Loose Skin: Causes and Treatment Options
The skin ages as a result of genetics, sun exposure, and the gradual breakdown of tissues. Collagen and elastin are the main building blocks of the skin, and help to keep everything firm and full. As these structures age, the skin loses its grip on certain areas of the face, neck, arms, and other areas of the body. Skin sags down and hangs low, and your facial features change.
While facelifts physically pull skin tighter and higher, that doesn’t actually address the root of the problem – the collagen remains as it is. Energy-based skin tightening will actually revitalize the underlying structures of the skin, stimulating new collagen and elastin growth. These treatments also thicken existing collagen to help constrict target areas of skin.