Have you been noticing a difference in your face, chin and chest area when you look into the mirror lately? Perhaps you’re looking a little extra tired these days, or your skin doesn’t “snap back” as easily as it used to.
These are common symptoms of sagging skin, which is usually tied to the natural ageing process. But ageing is just one factor which causes sagging skin. Read on to find out more on what are the other causes for sagging skin that can affect anyone across all age groups.
Common causes of sagging skin
Various circumstances surround sagging skin. While some are natural and cannot be avoided (intrinsic), others are brought on by our behaviours or lifestyle (extrinsic). Here are the top five reasons for sagging skin:
Collagen is one of the building blocks for firm and taut skin. However, as we age we experience a decrease in collagen production, coupled with elasticity loss it is inevitable that our skin will sag overtime.
2. Sun exposure
Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage our skin cells and speed up the signs of ageing. The more exposed you are to the sun, the faster your skin loses collagen and elasticity – which means more sagging and wrinkles. (Pro tip: sunscreen is your friend!)
Smoking can cause premature ageing, just like exposure to the sun. The nicotine and chemicals in cigarettes can damage your skin’s blood vessels and prevent your skin cells from receiving the necessary oxygen and nutrients, disrupting your body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin.
4. Sedentary lifestyle
Regular exercise helps to strengthen and tone the muscles that support the skin, which is why individuals who are inactive tend to experience sagging skin, while those who work out regularly are able to keep their skin tight and taut.
5. Unhealthy diet or poor nutrition
Modern science has proven that poor nutrition and eating habits are the main reasons for sagging skin, so those who don’t get enough vitamins or consume too much processed, fatty and sugary food are most likely to develop saggy skin.
How to treat sagging skin
It is normal to have loose skin, whether it is caused by ageing, drastic weight loss or other factors.
With proper skincare and adopting some preventive measures can help to slow the rate at which this process occurs such as wearing sunscreen, weightlifting, eating a balanced diet and putting a stop to unhealthy habits such as smoking.
However, it is understandable that following a healthy diet and rigorous workout regimen isn’t enough to target laxity. For cases like these, a targeted treatment for sagging skin should be considered.
While there are surgical treatments available, you should first consider a non-surgical procedure such as Ultherapy as it produces results that are just as satisfactory without going under the knife.
This effective, non-invasive and US FDA cleared treatment uses micro-focused ultrasound with real-time visualisation (MFU-V) to deliver ultrasound energy deep within the skin and stimulate the skin’s new collagen and elastin production to jumpstart the skin tightening process.
Plus, this method is completely safe and takes no longer than 90 minutes to perform, and you don’t even have to make any changes to your routine or diet prior to and after your treatment.
Sit back, relax and bid your saggy skin goodbye in a matter of a few weeks with Ultherapy. Find out more by speaking to the experts at our partner aesthetic clinic near you today!