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Sagging Skin: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

at Omniya Clinic in London

What is sagging skin?

There are plenty of things to celebrate about getting older, but for many of us, sagging skin is an unwelcome addition. As we age, it’s common for loose skin to build up around the face or the body due to a breakdown of collogen networks, hyaluronic acid and elastin fibres.

Whether you’ve recently lost a ton of weight or are simply growing older, sagging skin can occur in just about anyone. Ordinarily, most people start to experience skin laxity, or loosening, between the ages of 35 and 40 years, but that’s not to say that younger individuals don’t suffer with this issue.

Here at Omniya, we recognise how loosening skin can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. We want to reassure all our clients that while sagging skin is completely natural, it is entirely understandable to seek treatment. 

At your consultation, our professionals will examine the areas causing you concern, discussing potential treatment options and finding a solution that you’re comfortable with. From there, we can create a personalised treatment plan, detailing the recommended procedures and your next steps.

What are the causes of sagging skin?

There are a number of reasons our skin starts to sag. As previously stated, reduced levels of collogen and elastin from factors such as UV exposure and aging contribute to sagging skin. This is because collogen networks, hyaluronic acid and elastin fibres provide the skin’s structural support. 

Weight loss, especially significant or rapid weight loss, and pregnancy can also loosen the skin by physically stretching the skin molecules or changing the structure of the skin. Saggy skin can happen almost anywhere on the body, but common areas include eyelids, jowls, chin, upper arms and stomach. 

Aging. Sagging skin tends to occur when internal or external factors affect the key molecules that help keep the skin firm, hydrated and elastic. While growing old is a blessing in many ways, it can be difficult adjusting to an appearance you don’t recognise, which is why we offer skin sagging treatments. 

As skin ages, it loses two important proteins manufactured in the dermis – elastin and collagen. These two proteins also become deteriorated by external factors over time, such as:

  • Exposure to UV rays 
  • Environmental pollutants, such as cigarette smoke
  • Lifestyle choices, including poor nutrition and excessive alcohol consumption

These factors will speed up the process of skin aging, making your skin appear wrinkled and saggy at a younger age. 

Weight loss. Living with excess weight can cause damage to the collagen and elastin fibres in your skin, making it harder for your skin to ‘snap back’ following weight loss. As a result, rapid weight loss can result in large amounts of sagging, dropping skin which hangs from your body. 

Illness. Sagging skin can be linked to certain conditions including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, also known as granulomatous slack skin. People with this condition often see a gradual slackening of the skin on the elbows and knees. 

Another rare condition is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue condition that’s caused by a defect in collagen production. 

Pregnancy. For obvious reasons, pregnancy can cause some degree of saggy, loose skin following childbirth, particularly in women who carry multiples, such as twins or triplets.

What treatments are available at Omniya?

To combat sagging skin, there are many procedures you can access including surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Radiofrequency (RF) for high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) involves heating cells underneath the skin’s surface to produce more collagen. This, in turn, tightens the skin elasticity and reduces skin sagging.

Morpheus8 combines microneedling with radiofrequency to target several different layers of the skin simultaneously for tightening.

Sagging skin FAQs

Can I go straight back to work after HIFU?

Yes, since the procedure is quick, painless and there is no damage to the top layer of skin.

What about FACEtite?

In this case it’s best to wait up to a fortnight before returning to work due to inevitable swelling and bruising.

Will I have scarring after a FACEtite procedure?

There is very minimal scarring since the incisions required are extremely minimal.

Can I get my tummy tightened even though I gave birth a few months ago?

Yes, if you feel recovered from child birth and you are not currently breastfeeding.

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