Sagging skin and what you can do about it

Sagging skin is the major aesthetic concern for my patients over age 50. Let’s look at what causes sagging skin and what you can do to treat it.

Causes of sagging skin

You probably already know that sagging skin is a natural part of aging. This is more than just wrinkles of the dermis; it is drooping cheeks, falling jowls, or folding of neck skin.

Collagen and elastin are two key proteins that give skin its thick, elastic and youthful appearance. I’ll tell you more about treatments using these a little later on.

Hyaluronic acid is the glue-like substance that hold skin cells together and aids in tissue repair. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Restylane, Belotero, and Juvederm nicely fill lips, lines and crevices of the face. Although lines of the face can develop from sagging skin, I cannot inject dermal filler to correct sagging skin per se (only some of the deeper crevices formed by the sagging skin).

Contributing factors that weaken the collagen and elastin proteins of your skin are:

  • · repetitive facial expressions

  • · sleeping positions

  • · smoking

  • · sun exposure

  • · prolonged stress

  • · extreme or rapid weight loss