Along with wrinkles and fine lines, slack and saggy skin is an age-related concern that plays on many people’s minds. This unfortunate loss of definition can happen almost anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the face, neck, abdomen, and arms. Needless to say, many people come to PHI Clinic wishing to firm saggy skin and the great news is that we can help.
Causes Of Saggy Skin
People have been trying to firm saggy skin and turn back the clock for millennia, from the Ancient Egyptians exfoliating with baking soda to the Ancient Greeks using olive oils to moisturise and we are no different today. Not so many years ago, the obvious choice was to have cosmetic surgery to tighten up slackened areas of skin but fortunately now there are many non-surgical options that are safer, quicker, and just as effective.
One of the main causes of saggy skin is the gradual loss of collagen that occurs as we age. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is found in the bones, joints, and tendons. It’s also what keeps the skin youthful by providing structure to the dermis, the thickest layer of the skin. By extension, this includes elastin, another protein responsible for keeping the skin firm and tight. Another key factor of loose skin is from weight loss, usually when it occurs quickly or dramatically and the skin does not have the opportunity to bounce back.
Depending on the amount of weight loss and your age the skin may never return to its former elasticity without some assistance. Years of sun exposure can also cause sagging skin and it plays a huge role in the premature signs of ageing. Rays from the sun can damage and break down the skin’s elastin over time, leading to untimely sagging and thinning of the epidermis.
Furthermore, the skin is also exposed to other free radicals outside and even inside your home that can also deteriorate the collagen and elastin fibres. This includes toxins, pollutants, and can even be found in the food that you are consuming.
Firm Saggy Skin Around The Face And Neck With Ultrasound
Ultrasound treatment (HIFU) can be used to control skin laxity by delivering precisely targeted and controlled pulses of ultrasound to the areas of concern, this precipitates a process called thermal coagulation. This causes existing collagen fibres to denature, which stimulates new collagen synthesis and regeneration. This is a non-invasive procedure that does not impact the outer layer of skin, bypassing the surface to deliver energy to the deeper layers where collagen production occurs.
HIFU treatments can be used to address loose skin on the décolletage, jawline, eyebrows, chin, neck, nasolabial folds (between the nose and mouth), and eyelids, as well as being able to affect uneven skin tone and texture, and even reducing the size of large pores.
The results of Ultraformer are noticeable almost immediately in some cases, but they continue to improve for up to a year after treatment, the treatment time is short, and there is no downtime.
Firm Saggy Skin With Radiofrequency
BTL Exilis is another non-surgical option to help tighten and firm saggy skin. B utilising radio-frequency and ultrasound, the Exilis apparatus heats the affected area to stimulate fat lipolysis (fat cells breaking down) and this acts to tighten the skin. The controlled pulses reduce the volume of fat cells and accelerate collagen production, in order to firm the skin and improve the skin’s texture.
Exilis can be used on both face and body as it has two hand-pieces. The treatment and healing process promotes collagen production, which tightens up loose skin, leaving you with a more youthful look. This treatment can be applied under the arms, on the thighs, the jowls, neck, the flanks, and stomach as the heat can be carefully controlled and determined by the thickness of the dermis and the desired outcome.
Choose PHI Clinic London
At PHI we house the largest collection of skin tightening treatments for the face at our London Clinic. This gives us the opportunity to tailor our technologies to the patient, offering only what we believe will provide the best results for them. Our staff are all handpicked medical experts with extensive experience and knowledge of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. As no two people are the same, no two treatments are the same and our staff will work with you to discuss and plan the best approach to achieve your goals.