Do you ever go to wave at someone and see that the loose skin on your arm is waving back at you? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one! As we age, our skin begins to sag, and lose its elasticity and firmness. This occurrence is totally natural! Whether it’s from sun exposure, pregnancy, extreme weight loss, or just age, sagging skin happens to everyone. If you’re struggling to bring back elasticity and firmness to your skin, we have a few options for you! Below, we break down the ways to prevent and treat loose skin.
Prevention: Watch the Rays
Like many other skin issues, the best way to keep your skin healthy and avoid sagging is to avoid over exposure to UV rays. Limit your time in the sun and wear sunscreen whenever you go outside. As much as we love spending time basking in the sunlight, too much sun can harm your skin. By protecting your skin from the sun’s rays, you can keep it from experiencing damage.
Prevention: Skin Tightening Creams
Another way to prevent skin sagging is through firming creams. Many products that help with loose skin contain retinoids, which are chemical derivatives of vitamin A. They help remodel collagen and enhance the development and maturation of new skin cells. Firming creams are great for tightening up areas of the skin all around the body and face and preventing sagging. However, if your skin is already losing its elasticity, an in-office treatment may be needed.
Treatment: Sciton Laser Treatments
When it comes to treating sagging skin, the best solution is through laser treatments and peels. At our practice, we offer multiple treatments that repair sagging. One of the services we provide is a microlaser peel. This procedure targets and treats the intra-epidermal layer of the skin. Removing old skin makes way for fresher, smoother skin to appear. Additionally, a laser peel will enhance collagen production. With this treatment, patients notice an immediate change in their skin’s texture and tightness.
Treatment: BTL Skin Tightening Procedure
Our BTL Ultra 360 Skin Tightening is another laser procedure that treats loose skin. Laser resurfacing such as this goes deeper into the skin to target some of our most stubborn areas like under the chin, abdomen, bra area, love handles, knees and drooping eyelids. BTL uses a combination laser that uses radiofrequency waves and heat to tighten skin and break down fat cells. This treatment removes the upper layers of skin while emitting heat down into the lower layers. New, healthy skin cells then emerge, giving your skin a firmer look.
Sagging skin is a natural occurrence that happens to everyone! The reasons behind it can vary from person to person. If you are looking to firm up your loose skin, our dermatologist and aesthetician are here to help you. To learn more about the options for treating sagging skin, give us a call (228- 864-8049) to set up a complimentary consultation, and we can discuss which treatment or product is right for you and your skin!