Skin Laxity or Skin Sagging
What is skin laxity or skin sagging?

Skin laxity or skin sagging is condition where the skin losses it elasticity due to loss of collagen and drooping is seen due to loss of facial fat. The skin is the largest organ of the human body, there are many factors which cause loose skin, it can be due to internal or external factors. It can be in different parts of the body like stomach, face, neck buttocks, arms, legs, but skin sagging is usually seen more on the face.

What are the causes of sagging skin or skin laxity?

Skin laxity can be seen due to underlying causes:

  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty
  • Rapid loss or gain of weight
  • Steroid application on skin
  • Oral steroids

Things to Know

Skin laxity / sagging can be seen in people between 30-40 yrs of age. As facial muscles are used while talking and expressing feelings their whole life so it more prominently seen on face. /p>

There is no gender predilection for this condition. It can be seen in males and females both.
In today’s world, people socialise a lot. Stress can cause many health related issues which can be seen on a person’s face especially as it is the first thing that the other person can notice. So it is very important to have right facial expression at a right time but it can get altered due to sagging, loose of volume, hollowness etc.
Sometimes people who are fat can be because of hereditary as it is carried by the genes from parents to their children and sometimes due to any hormonal problem which can also be heredity and have other health related problems.
No, medicines alone cannot cure this condition, once the condition is out of control of medicine then only procedural treatments can solve these issues.

Few treatments are:-

1. Radio frequency

It one of the newest technologies/method to reduce fat. In this technique, controlled heat is given in the area where fat cells are accumulated under the surface of the skin, thus helping the fat cells to melt down and destroy them subsequently.

Liposuction:-there are three types of liposuction namely:-

A) Tumescent liposuction:- in this a solution is injected in the area where the fat is to be removed, its a sterile solution which contains lidocaine and epinephrine and thus helps in suction of fat without much blood loss.

B) Ultrasound assisted liposuction or UAL:- in this sound waves are used to get rid of the fat, sound waves travel under the skin fat cells by liquefying it and then the liquid is suctioned out.

C) laser-assisted liposuction or smartlipo:- In this method laser is used to melt the fat away in the body by giving laser shots.

2. Ultherapy

it is the treatment which uses waves sound waves to firm the skin by boosting the collagen under the surface of the skin.

3. Surgical skin tightening:-

In surgical treatment for skin sagging only plastic surgery is considered gold standard skin treatment it can be done for any part of the body.

4. Spill over skin tightening

In this two method is basically done namely KYBELLA AND COOLSCULPTING. In kybella method the excessive fat is melted away. In coolsculpting fat cells are freezed to still death of fat cells in the body.

Treatments are safe and effective if all the precautions are kept in mind. Before and after care of the patient is taken care of, this can be done only after planning and implementing the treatment to the patient.
There is no age specified but any treatment done should be done after the age of 18 yrs.
No there are no side effects of the treatment. These treatments help in getting rid of excessive fat so the skin becomes tight.
  • One must keep a healthy diet routine
  • Keep a regular monitor on weight check.
  • Healthy lifestyle, yoga and exercise.
Anyone who has loose skin, or sagging especially can get this treatment done, even people who are socially active like TV Stars, etc gets this treatment as it is required in their profession to look good.
The treatment should be continued because if the weight increases due to faulty diet and lifestyle then maintenance is required at least once in 3-4 months.
According to Dr Ruchi Aggarwal, MD (renowned dermatologist) with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology, skin sagging can be due to many reasons such as pregnancy, rapid weight gain or weight loss, etc thus , causing the skin to be visibly hanging which does not look good, so the treatments should be individualised. There are many treatments available for treating skin sagging and the treatment should be individualised according to the area and intensity of skin sagging.
No there is such thing, as season to treat skin laxity .One can get this treatment at any season when they wish to get it done after fixing an appointment with the dermatologist.
A prior consultation is required with the dermatologist to understand the need of the treatment. Medicines work hand in hand with the procedural treatments. Selection of the right treatment according to your needs is very much necessary. Knowing the downtime of the individual treatment and its outcome is equally important. After a thorough consultation , patient can opt for the treatment and can get it done after taking a prior appointment as per his/her availability.

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