Common Causes of Sagging Skin

Sagging skin

Skin is supposed to sit tight and flush against the body, but that is not always what happens. Once skin starts to deteriorate and lose its bounce, it will start to sag in various places on the body. Sagging skin is an unwelcome condition that makes us look older and tired. There are several different factors that can cause your skin to sag.

The most common cause of sagging skin is aging. Skin ages just like the rest of your body, so it is naturally going to start losing its youthful appearance. Skin requires the right amount of collagen and elastin to look great and sit tight on the body. These proteins are abundant in your body when you are young, but they start to diminish as you age. This causes your skin to look older by becoming saggy.

In addition to the loss of collagen and elastin, aging of the facial muscles can also make your skin start to sag. Gravity is an extremely strong force that pulls on your body throughout every day of your life, so it is only natural for your skin to start to succumb to the pressure and start to sag as you get older.

The second most common cause of sagging skin is excessive sun exposure. The sun’s rays consist of an ultraviolet light that can seriously damage skin cells over time. Normal exposure to the sun will not do any harm in the long-term, but anyone that regularly got sun tans may see their skin start to sag because of too much exposure to UV rays. These powerful sun rays speed up the aging process of the skin by damaging the elastin and collagen.

The final common cause of sagging skin is weight loss in overweight and obese individuals. If you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, then you are extremely susceptible to sagging skin. The skin is going to gradually stretch and expand as you start to gain weight, but it is unable to tighten and return to a smaller form if you became obese. This leaves you with a lot of sagging skin all over your body.

You will have to take action if you want to try to restore your sagging skin. Moisturizing and taking vitamin supplements is a great way to slow down skin sagging in the early stages. If your skin has been sagging for an extended period of time, then you will have to take more drastic measures for treatment. Laser treatments, collagen injections and skin removal surgery have all been extremely effective at fixing sagging skin.

Almost everyone is going to experience sagging skin at some point in their life, so there is nothing to be embarrassed about. If you take the right treatment steps, then you should have no problem restoring your sagging skin back to its youthful and tight appearance.

Located in Draper, the office of Dr. Steven Warnock, MD is committed to helping patients look and feel their best. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to see how we can treat your sagging skin.