Sagging skin is a common complaint heard by cosmetic surgeons. Skin loosening happens to just about everyone with the passage of time. Sagging skin may appear on your face in the form of wrinkles and drooping eyelids, around your jawline in the form of jowls, and on your body in the form of loose skin. What exactly causes skin to sag, and what can a plastic surgeon do about it? Here is what you need to know:
For many people, sagging skin is just something that happens naturally with age. As the years go by, your skin loses collagen and elastin. These connective tissues help skin look plump and soft. As they disappear, your skin may flatten, droop, and generally look less youthful than before. Another contributing factor to age-related skin sagging is a loss of muscle tone. Your facial muscles become weaker as you get older, so they don’t prop up your skin as much as before. Dr. Geoghegan can recommend a range of treatments from dermal fillers or Botox to face lifts, to address these issues.
The sun causes skin sagging in two ways. First, the sun causes cell damage, which makes your complexion look dull, discolored, and wrinkly. Second, the sun breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin, which speeds up the loosening caused by age. Many of the same treatments that address age-related sagging also address the effects of excess sun exposure.
Weight loss is a great thing for your overall health, but dramatic, sudden weight loss can also take a toll on the skin. When you lose a lot of weight, particularly if you lose it fast, you may be left with saggy, excess skin. This skin will not respond to diet and exercise efforts; however, Dr. Geoghegan can remove the skin and give you a leaner appearance.
Sagging skin isn’t something you have to live with. With the holidays behind us, why not give yourself the gift of a new you and make an appointment with Oasis Plastic Surgery? Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoghegan will help you choose the right cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery to address your skin woes. Learn more by calling our Scottsdale office at (480) 619-5418.