Loose skin can be a problem for anyone, and is a source of anguish for many; skin all over the body can sag and appear loose, depending on the cause of the issue.
Loose skin is natural part of ageing and includes the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin that leaves it less plump and firm.
Weight gain/fluctuating weight – skin stretches as you gain weight, and if you lose it without exercising, or lose it too quickly, skin does not have the opportunity to shrink back and hangs loosely. This can vary depending on how long you carried weight for.
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Other Factors To Consider
Genetics – loose skin can be partly hereditary, as elasticity is passed on through genes.
Lack of muscle tone – this can give the skin a loose look, as underdeveloped muscles leave a ‘space’ between the muscle and skin.
Diet – lack of protein can cause skin to dry out, get wrinkles earlier in life, and lose elasticity.
Pregnancy – during pregnancy your hormones fluctuate, and the uterus expands, both leading to loose skin.
Smoking – chemicals in smoke destroy collagen and dry out the skin, making it more likely to become loose.
Sun exposure – UV rays break down collagen and elastin, that keep skin firm, allowing it to sink and sag.
Poor skin care – if it becomes dehydrated, the fatty molecules in skin become flat, which reduces firmness and creates sagging.
If you can pull the skin and it stretches, then ‘pings’ back into shape, you have excess or stretchy skin, which would not be what we consider to be loose skin. If you pull the skin and there is a visual difference, and it does not pull back, we would class it as loose skin, which we can treat non-surgically.
Treatments available for Loose Skin
A skin tightening procedure is a phenomenally popular with our patients, with many seeking treatment to rid them of their sagging skin. A simple online search about reducing sagging skin will find many creams claiming to aid this indication but at PHI Clinic, we provide device-based procedures and lasers as opposed to lotions, proven to give the results you desire.
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Non Surgical Facelift
With more and more non-surgical advances, the need to undergo surgery is not as imperative as it was, say, six years ago. Patients are able to achieve a lifting effect without the scalpel with a liquid facelift or non surgical facelift.
Non surgical methods are a great substitute for those who are not ready to take the plunge and have an operation. They are non-permanent, yet long-lasting...