Sagging skin refers to the loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin, leading to a drooping appearance. It is a natural part of the aging process. Collagen and elastin are proteins responsible for maintaining the skin’s structure and elasticity. As we age, the production of these proteins slows down, leading to a breakdown of the skin’s supportive framework. Other factors such as genetics, sun damage and lifestyle choices can also further contribute to sagging skin.
Sagging skin on the face and neck is a common concern for many people as the skin in these areas is thinner and more delicate compared to other parts of the body, making it more prone to sagging. While sagging skin cannot be completely prevented, there are non-surgical skin tightening procedures that can effectively tighten moderately lax or “crepey” skin on the face and neck, helping patients improve their appearance and postpone the need for surgery.
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BENEFITS OF NON-SURGICAL SKIN TIGHTENING PROCEDURES
- Tighter, more youthful-looking skin with little to no downtime, especially compared to surgical options
- Improvement in the appearance of mild to moderate skin laxity with little to no risk for scarring
- Minimally invasive, non-surgical skin tightening treatments have significantly fewer associated risks and side effects
- These procedures can usually be performed in an hour or less without a need for hospitalisation, anaesthesia, and other medical necessities common for surgical skin tightening treatments
- The lifting and firming effects of non-surgical skin tightening can often last for a year or longer before additional treatment is needed
Sagging skin can occur in different areas of the face and neck and is commonly observed as:
Jowls: Loose, drooping skin along the jawline
Turkey neck: Loose and sagging skin on the neck
Drooping eyelids: Excess skin on the upper eyelids that can obstruct vision
Marionette lines: Deep lines that extend from the corners of the mouth to the chin folds:
Nasolabial Folds: Deep creases that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
The following are treatment options to address sagging skin on the face and neck:
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to heat the skin and stimulate collagen production, which can result in tighter, smoother skin. This procedure is often used on the face and neck.
Collagen biostimulators are a type of injectable treatment that are injected into specific areas of the face or body to stimulate collagen production in the skin, improve volume, skin quality and address sagging or wrinkles.
Thread lifts are non-surgical procedures designed to lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck. Thread lifts can provide immediate lifting effects as the threads are inserted and manipulated to reposition sagging skin. Over time, the inserted threads stimulate collagen production, leading to further improvement in skin elasticity and firmness.
If you are considering to treat sagging skin, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with Dr Donald Ng who can assess your specific concerns and discuss the treatment options appropriate for you.
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