Saggy skin can be a difficult problem to treat. If you have a saggy face or neck, what are your best treatment options?
One of the most distressing and difficult cosmetic problems to is the problem of saggy skin. It can be quite disheartening to look in the mirror and see a saggy face staring back at you when you still feel so young and vital. It’s natural for the skin to become more lax with age, although certain habits and lifestyle issues tend to speed up skin aging such as smoking cigarettes and basking in the sun.
Other lifestyle habits appear to slow down the development of sagging skin. These include a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants and use of a good sunblock. Another factor that can influence the appearance of saggy skin are weight changes. Loosing large quantities of weight can take its toll on the face in the form of loose, saggy skin. Sagging skin develops when the underlying collagen and elastin structure that supports the face starts to break down due to sun exposure, smoking, as well as the natural process of aging.
If you’re already faced with the prospect of a saggy face and neck, is there anything you can do about without investing in a face lift? Although skin care creams may advertise that they firm and tone loose skin, treating sagging skin care using conventional skin care products is usually ineffective. The best treatments for saggy skin are products that contain vitamin C, beta hydroxy acids, or retinol. These skin care ingredients if used regularly may help to stimulate synthesis of collagen and elastin to help rebuild the skin’s support structure while slowing down the aging process. These ingredients can even subtly improve the appearance of a saggy face. Prescription strength Retin-A from your doctor may be the best topical treatment for saggy skin although it frequently causes redness and skin irritation. Unfortunately, if you have severe skin sagging, even these treatments are not going to give dramatic results.
What other options are available that doesn’t involve surgery? Facial peels performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as subtly tighten saggy skin. There are different levels of facial peels available with the deeper peels giving more dramatic results but also requiring more down time. Another option is laser treatment or use of infrared light to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin. Although these work well for some people, a drawback is the price. The price of beauty can sometimes be high, and for some people, cost prohibitive.
If you’re experiencing mild laxity of the skin on the face, the best option may be to use prescription strength Retin-A or an over-the-counter cream containing retinol, beta hydroxy acids, or vitamin C. If these fail to give good results after six weeks of regular use, investigate the possibility of a facial peel or series of laser treatments. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist before using creams with high quantities of retinols, vitamin C, or beta hydroxy acids as they can cause skin irritation in some people.
Yes, there are non-surgical options available for saggy skin although they probably won’t produce dramatic results in the case of a markedly saggy face or neck. In severe cases, a surgical face lift may be the best option.