Sagging Skin? Forget Surgery and Try These Approaches Instead
“My skin is starting to sag, but I don’t want to have surgery. What types of treatments are available for my needs?” It’s one of the most common questions we hear at our practice, and fortunately, the answer is simple: Today, there are plenty of options for treating loose, sagging skin without the need for invasive surgery.
Before exploring today’s most popular options, it’s important to understand why skin begins to sag as we get older. Most people tend to blame gravity as the primary culprit for the drooping, loose skin they see appearing on their face and neck, but the real culprits are environmental exposures, age-related changes and, yes, genetics. Years of sun exposure as well as lots of dry air can rob the skin of natural moisture that helps it stay fresh and resilient. At the same time, the body is producing less collagen and elastin thanks to the effects of aging. Both collagen and elastin help skin look and feel firmer and plumper, and as they diminish, skin begins to slacken and sag.
Thankfully, science and technology have provided some amazingly effective solutions to saggy skin, none of which requires surgery. Here’s a quick rundown of the three most popular options:
Venus uses pulses of magnetic or radiofrequency energy to produce evenly dispersed heat within the deep tissues of the area being treated. The purpose of this focused energy is twofold: First, it helps tighten and tone the skin’s structures so skin looks firmer right after treatments; and second, it stimulates the body’s healing processes, encouraging the body to produce collagen and elastin, two of the primary building blocks of skin that are responsible for helping skin retain its youthful firmness and elasticity. As collagen and elastin develop, your skin will continue to look firmer, tighter and more toned over time.
Ultherapy uses ultrasound to deliver energy to the deep layers of skin typically targeted in cosmetic surgery tightening procedures, but it does so without the incisions or prolonged downtime associated with surgical techniques. By focusing on the deeper layers of tissue, skin’s natural regenerative processes are “jump-started” so skin looks and feels tighter and firmer. And it also helps spur the development of collagen for continued improvements over time.
Thermage uses radiofrequency to reach the deeper layers of skin as well, tightening and toning areas of the face, neck and jowls. Like the other two treatments, it also helps encourage the development of collagen and elastin for long-lasting results.
At Sadick Dermatology, we offer these and other treatments to help women and men battle the signs of aging that can make them look and feel older than their years. We begin each treatment with a complete examination so we can help you determine which type of treatment is the best choice for achieving your goals. With warmer weather just around the corner, now is an ideal time to schedule a consultation so you can look your best by the time spring returns. Call us today to schedule your consultation.