Aging is a natural part of life that brings about many changes to the body. The appearance of our skin gradually changes with age, and these differences are especially visible in the face. Wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin are the inevitable results of aging. One of the first signs of damage to the skin is hyperpigmentation. This overgrowth of cells produces brown spots or patches of brown skin. As aging continues, the skin loses its elastin, which makes it lose. Some people can deal with this while others choose to get treatments to tighten up their skin for a youthful look. 

What Causes The Skin To Loosen?

Many factors are involved in the aging process of our skin. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, or frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays can have an impact on skin health. Genetics also plays a role. Sagging of the skin is mainly due to our naturally-occurring supply of collagen diminishing over time. Collagen is the structural support of our skin, and it forms the joint tissue between our muscles and bone. It’s the most abundant protein in our body. Loss of collagen contributes to wrinkles and loss of fat and volume in our facial area. In addition to fat loss in the face and jawline, facial bones begin shrinking as we age. All of these changes lead to loose and sagging skin.

What Can You Do To Slow Down The Process?

You can slow the aging process in several ways. A healthy lifestyle will help to prevent premature aging. Avoid excessive sun exposure and smoking. Wear a sunscreen with SPF 30+ when exposed to sunlight, and always keep skin moisturized. Alcohol and sugar consumption should be kept low. Maintain a regular exercise regimen and a healthy diet that includes foods rich in antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids. 

Types Of Procedures To Tighten Skin

Various non-surgical procedures are available to help slow or reverse the effects of aging on your skin. There have been great advances in the technology of skin tightening devices, and there are many to choose from. 

  • Radiofrequency helps to keep skin firm by stimulating collagen and elastin production in your skin. This method sends energy to different layers of the skin. 
  • A laser peel promotes collagen production while improving skin texture and tone. 
  • Ultrasound therapy penetrates the skin in a deep, targeted way to build collagen production. 

If home remedies, skin tightening products, or dermatological procedures haven’t worked for you, you may be a good candidate for a more invasive surgical procedure called facelift surgery.

Talk With Dr. Kwan

Restoring youthful, natural-looking skin can now be performed by minimally invasive procedures effectively. The current approach to tightening skin considers many factors, including lifestyle changes, home remedies, and previous procedures before opting for a more drastic approach. Dr. William Kwan is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in San Francisco, California. Dr. Kwan practices medical and cosmetic dermatology. Kwan Dermatology offers a full range of services using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.