Many of our City Skin Clinic clients struggle to combat saggy skin. It can be difficult to shift, which can have a negative effect on your confidence. Luckily, there is a range of skin tightening treatments that can help.
What Causes Saggy Skin?
Most of the time, our skin starts to sag due to collagen loss caused by sun damage and ageing. Fat loss is another big cause of sagging skin. For example, if you have been exercising regularly and find that you have lost a lot of weight, you will notice that your skin may start to sag in certain areas. Firm skin on your body has the ability to stretch and snap back into place with ease. However, it can eventually lose this ability, which causes the skin to sag. This can happen almost anywhere on your body. Take a look at the list of possible causes below:
- Ageing: As we age, our skin starts to lose its firmness and elasticity, causing it to sag.
- Pregnancy: Most women will experience sagging skin around the abdomen after pregnancy.
- Weight Loss: Sagging skin can result from rapid weight loss.
- Illness: Some medical conditions can cause sagging skin.
How To Get Rid Of Loose Skin
If you are struggling with loose skin, don’t lose hope. There are several ways that you can try to get rid of it, from creams to regular exercise. There is also a list of non-surgical options that you can explore. Take a look at them below:
- Engage in regular exercise such as weight training, which can build muscle, reducing the appearance of saggy skin.
- Use firming products such as creams and supplements.
- Massage the problem area to increase blood flow in the skin.
- Eat a well-balanced diet to nourish your skin and aid gradual weight loss.
Once you have exhausted all-natural options, you may want to consider some non-surgical options like skin tightening treatments. Not only are they non-surgical, but they are also safer than surgical treatments as fewer risks are involved. Let’s explore the benefits in the next section of this guide.
Benefits Of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Here at City Skin Clinic, we find skin tightening treatments are highly favoured by our clients. The fact that these treatments require no surgery is a bonus and can also help ease any nerves surrounding treatment. Take a look at the benefits associated with non-surgical skin tightening below:
- Minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Arguably, one of the most acknowledged benefits is the ability to speed up collagen production. This helps reverse the signs of ageing.
- Little to no downtime: You can return to your daily activities immediately.
- Minor discomfort: Unlike surgical procedures, skin tightening treatments are tolerable. You experience some minor discomfort – but this is normal and nothing to worry about.
- Lifts the skin: As the skin tightens, your facial features become more defined, enhancing the contours of your face.
- Gives natural results: Rather than stretching your skin in an unnatural way, these treatments aid your body’s natural rejuvenation process, giving you natural-looking results.
Best Skin Tightening Treatments
There is a long list of skin tightening treatments that you can use to tackle saggy skin, such as:
- Chemical peel
- Dermal fillers
At City Skin Clinic, our team of qualified practitioners will discuss which options are most suitable for you. We ask our clients to attend an initial consultation, where they will be asked a few questions regarding their medical history.
We pride ourselves on empowering our clients to choose the right treatments – while guiding them through each step of the process. We understand that the number of treatments on offer can be overwhelming. So, we work closely with you to discuss each one in detail.
Profhilo Skin Tightening
Profhilo is an injectable moisturiser made from hyaluronic acid. This product links both high and low molecular-weight hyaluronic acid in the form of a highly concentrated and spreadable gel which can be injected under the skin. When Profhilo is injected under the skin it stays for 28 days and stimulates your skin to produce more collagen and elastin. These two proteins plump up the skin and increase its elasticity and its firmness. Thus it is a great treatment for sagging skin. It also helps counteract crepey, dry and thinning skin.
Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
Radiofrequency skin tightening is used to heat the skin. This boosts collagen production, which helps the skin maintain its firmness and elasticity. The treatment is commonly used on areas such as your face, hands, and neck. They can also be used on other areas of your body. One great quality about most radiofrequency treatments is they are suitable and safe for all skin types.
The procedure is pain-free, making it a popular option for many and should take no longer than one hour. However, this will depend on the complexity of your treatment area. Radiofrequency has proven successful in tightening loose skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Chemical Peel For Skin Tightening
Chemical peels continue to grow in popularity and are a treatment we offer here at City Skin Clinic. A chemical peel is a solution that is applied to your skin. It removes the outer layer of the skin, encouraging a new layer to grow. This treatment significantly reduces fine lines and improves the appearance of saggy skin.
Chemical peels are commonly used on the face. The procedure itself can take anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes to complete. This will depend on the complexity of the treatment area. Depending on how deep your chemical peel is, you will need to allow at least two weeks of recovery time. Unlike other treatments on offer, you will not be able to return to work straight away.
Botox Skin Tightening
Botox is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Once it is administered into the body, it targets the nervous system. The nerve signalling processes that usually encourage the muscles to contract are blocked temporarily. Botox injections relaxe the muscles, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although it does not directly tighten the skin, in relaxing the muscles that pull down on the skin, it allows the skin to relax and appear less sagging and more lifted.
You can use Botox injections around your eyes, forehead, eyebrows, mouth, and chin. They offer clients many benefits. Not only do they reverse the signs of ageing, but they give clients a youthful and rejuvenated glow. If you would like to know more about Botox, take a look at our Botox guide.
Dermal Fillers For Skin Tightening
At City Skin Clinic, we use hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of sagging skin. Dermal fillers work by delivering hyaluronic acid under the skin which helps treat volume loss caused by reduced collagen and fat. Injection of dermal filler into these hollows fills them. This makes the overlying skin appear plumper and smoother and tighter. It is particularly effective in giving the appearance of skin tightening in the cheeks, under-eye area, around the mouth and the jawline.
Plasma Skin Tightening
Plasma skin tightening is a non-invasive treatment that eliminates issues such as sagging skin in problem areas. The treatment uses a device – similar to a pen – to discharge high-frequency electric currents into the skin. The device does not come into direct contact with the skin and instead hovers directly above it.
There are many benefits that this treatment offers. Not only does it rejuvenate the skin, but it also tightens it too. It is particularly successful for those looking to treat saggy skin around their eyelids. The procedure should take no longer than 30 minutes and has a quick recovery time. One great quality about plasma skin tightening is the results are long-lasting.
Ultrasound Skin Tightening
Ultrasound skin tightening is a fairly new procedure used to treat saggy skin. A device is used to penetrate the skin with ultrasound energy. The skin heats up, which stimulates collagen production. It is not only non-invasive but painless, and the results speak for themselves. After the treatment, your skin will appear smoother and tighter.
Ultrasound skin tightening is commonly used on the face, neck, chest, and chin. The procedure can take anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes to complete, and clients can enjoy no downtime. Some of the popular benefits of this treatment include improved skin elasticity, reduction of sagging skin, and smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines.