Several factors can lead to loose or sagging skin. The most common cause is the aging process.
As your body ages, it naturally produces less collagen and elastin. These two proteins are critical to maintaining plump, smooth, and firm skin. As you age, the contours of your face slowly change. Your skin appears “loose” and may sag in specific areas.
Other factors can lead to sagging or loose skin, including pregnancy and significant weight loss. These conditions usually create a volume of loose skin that isn't treatable with non-surgical skin tightening methods.
One way to address loose or sagging skin on the face and neck is through the use of precisely directed pulses of light. This approach is often referred to as laser therapy and can yield impressive results.
Laser therapy works by using targeted pulses of light to heat the deeper layers of your skin tissue safely. That heat prompts your body’s natural collagen production. Over a given period, you produce more collagen, enhancing the appearance of your skin by filling out areas and smoothing sagging skin.
Effective laser therapy requires a skilled hand and is as much of an art as it is a science. Without proper training, laser treatments can damage your skin and worsen your appearance. The type of equipment used also makes a big difference in the outcome, which is why Coastal Family Dermatology invests in state-of-the-art equipment and ongoing training.
Dermal fillers are among the most popular treatment options for men and women who want to restore the youthful contours of their face. Fillers are injectable substances that your skin care provider delivers to areas of your face where you desire additional fullness.
There are numerous dermal fillers available, each with a unique set of benefits and potential side effects. The options include:
This dermal filler is made of calcium hydroxyapatite and delivers a plump and youthful appearance that can last for 9-12 months.
This filler is an excellent option for filling in moderate wrinkles and skin folds that run from the side of your nose to the corners of your mouth. Belotero can provide results that last six months or longer.
Another option for smoothing skin and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles is Xeomin. It’s an injectable form of botulinum toxin type A.
It works by paralyzing some of the small muscles in your face that create and deepen lines and wrinkles, most notably the deep crease that often develops between eyebrows. Xeomin can smooth the skin in this area with effects that last between 3-6 months.
To find out which skin tightening or skin enhancing treatments are right for you, schedule a consultation with Coastal Family Dermatology.
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