Loose skin is skin that has lost its elasticity and firmness, resulting in a sagging or "loose" appearance. It can occur as a natural part of the aging process or as a result of significant weight loss, pregnancy, or certain medical conditions. When the skin loses elasticity, it may not be able to bounce back or tighten as it once did, leading to the appearance of sagging or hanging skin. For more information, visit Iconic Skin Clinic.
Causes of Loose Skin
As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for skin elasticity and firmness. This loss of supportive tissue can lead to the development of loose skin.
Significant weight loss, especially in a short period, can result in loose skin. When excess fat is lost, the skin may not have enough time to adapt and tighten, leaving it loose and sagging.
Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing loose skin. Factors such as skin type, collagen production, and family history can influence the skin's elasticity.
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, contributing to loose and sagging skin development.
Treatments for Loose Skin
Microneedling creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin rejuvenation. It can help improve the appearance of mild to moderate loose skin.
Dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based fillers, can add volume to areas affected by loose skin, providing temporary tightening and lifting effects. However, this option is more suitable for certain facial regions than larger body areas.
Smooth threads, also known as thread lifting or rejuvenation, is a minimally invasive procedure to address loose or sagging skin. It involves the insertion of dissolvable threads into the skin to lift and tighten the targeted areas. The threads have small barbs or cones that anchor into the skin, supporting and promoting collagen production for long-lasting results.
Morpheus8 is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy to address various skin concerns, including loose skin. It stimulates collagen production, tightens the skin, and improves overall skin texture and tone.
Laser treatments, such as fractional laser resurfacing, can stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity, reducing loose skin. Laser treatments are effective for mild to moderate cases of loose skin.
To learn more or schedule your appointment, call Iconic Skin Clinic at (714) 225-5137. You may also visit our La Mirada dental office at 15651 Imperial Hwy Suite 102, La Mirada, CA 90638, or Placentia dental office at 1041 East Yorba Linda Blvd. Suite 101 Placentia, CA 92870.