Sagging Skin: Why You Get It, What to do About It

Skin sagging is one of the common signs of the passage of time on your face. Loose skin creates a worn look and encourages the formation of deep facial creases. Why does skin sag as we get older? Environmental factors, as well as normal body processes, are the most common culprits. The good news is there are a number of ways to address sagging skin today, to provide you with a firmer, more youthful facial profile.

Collagen and Elastin
Collagen and elastin are two important proteins that work underneath the surface of the skin to support the skin’s structure, giving skin its firm texture and suppleness. Over time, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, so our skin structure has less support. In addition, environmental factors like sun exposure can break down collagen in the skin, accelerating the aging process.

In addition to the loss of collagen and elastin, we also experience a loss of fat and tissue below the skin’s surface over time. This can lead to a hollow appearance around the cheeks, chin and eyes, which adds to the appearance of loose skin as well as sunken eyes and a bonier appearance to the face.

Treating Sagging Skin
At Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics, we offer a variety of treatment options to address loose, sagging skin:

Fraxel – This procedure uses laser energy to cause targeted skin damage, stimulating the body’s own healing process. As the body responds to the procedure, additional collagen is produced to create a smoother, firmer facial profile. Fractional treatment is an effective way to rejuvenate aging skin with less downtime than other resurfacing procedures.

Titan Laser – Another laser procedure that targets underlying skin layers and stimulates collagen production. Titan treatments are particularly effective in skin tightening, creating a younger profile and a firmer complexion. It is primarily recommended for skin tightening around the forehead, jawline and cheek area.

Laser Genesis – This laser procedure is best used on early signs of aging, such as mild to moderate skin sagging. The non-invasive laser technology promotes healthier, more vibrant skin without discomfort or downtime. Results are subtle but consistent from treatment to treatment.

At Dermacare, we know sagging skin can become a serious cosmetic concern. Our variety of treatment options allows us to customize treatment to each patient’s unique needs and desired outcome. To learn more, contact Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics at 760-472-5088 (Carlsbad) or 858-943-2443 (Rancho Bernardo).